NORWICH, United Kingdom — I’m an avid art lover like no other; my acquired artistic taste varies and is not subject to one particular line of art by any means. However, I thought, like many of you might think, that 3D art was perhaps fake or some form of online illusion – that was until I met Stefan Pabst. Stefan’s artwork literally jumps out at you from the pages; his work is so life-like that you would truly be forgiven for expecting it to be a sort of joke.
Join me as I delve into the intriguing artistic mind of Stefan Pabst and find out, how, why and where his thoughts, ideas and inspiration come from and to which lengths it will lead.
Stefan Pabst is a highly respected portrait painter, whose talents know no bounds. But did this artistic mind yearn for something more, a wow factor of sorts, pushing the boundaries where perhaps no other artist dared tread?
Why 3D painting?
Stefan recalls his determination to challenge the status quo in conventional painting: “For years I have painted portraits from photographs, to order; day after day, month after month, year after year. The portraits were very photo-realistic and life-like. The customers were delighted! But I had not felt artistically challenged.” Stefan wanted to do something for himself: “I did not want to make something that already hundreds of good artists have done before. I wanted to create something absolutely new. Then I tried to leave the 2 dimensionality of a leaf to begin with.”
Stefan has mastered the 3D art intriguing his audience and showing his remarkable technique at its best: “The ‘Glass of Water‘ painted in 3D, as if it was on the sheet of paper was something new in the art of painting and the video I uploaded on Youtube was a huge success!
The art of creating magic
Who would have thought that a then 16 years old, who relocated from Russia to Germany many years ago, would be now painting such artistic illusions and literally creating magic for the world to see while convincing people it must be some sort of trick! “You look at a piece of paper from the side and there is something to it, something jumping out from it,” explains Stefan about his magical paintings. “Now I upload a new video, every week, on my Youtube page featuring my work and the audience is very enthusiastic!”
This sort of illusionist and creative mind tells us where he sees the journey of 3D taking him: “I get many requests from various fashion designers asking me to design something in 3D.” Stefan continues: “Advertising agencies from around the world constantly request that their products are painted in 3D. Other requests include 3D painting on product packaging, for a unique effect, where the product stands out in the supermarket and catches the customers’ attention and imagination.”
I even get inquiries from people who wish to paint their deceased dog sitting on a piece of paper, in 3D, so that the animal looks life-like.
Technique makes the difference
Stephan understands that his 3D skills could lead him to discover new horizons, such as the world of animation: “My technique is complicated as a lot of imagination is required, but I think this technique is the way forward in the animation industry.”
Who is Stefan Pabst? A genius of artistic illusion perhaps. A simple artist doing what he loves. A man on a an imaginative mission, allowing viewers an insight into his mind! A modest man who knows he has an amazing talent, who wants to push the boundaries and yet, is totally unaffected with his fame as an artist. Well the answer to all these semantics is quite simple; Stefan Pabst is absolutely all of these wrapped up into one.
To everyone’s delight, Stefan Pabst has graciously offered to paint our very own FG Logo in 3D! What do you think of his remarkable talent? Tell us your comments below!