Stefan Pabst was already making a living as a painter when he became famous all over the world for a glass of water. A glass of water?! Well, it’s no ordinary glass. Stefan’s claim to global Internet fame is a series of videos in which he shows off his skills at the “trompe l’oeil” style of art. The technique draws on his skills as a portrait artist to create realistic drawings that trick the eye into believing they’re jumping out of, or even floating above, the page. Stefan had grown a bit bored with simply doing hyper-realistic portraits and began experimenting with the method. He filmed himself one day while drawing a glass of water that absolutely looks like a real, crystal-clear glass of refreshing water standing on a table. Until you turn the drawing and your brain implodes from what it just saw.
As Stefan told Buzzfeed, “I want to inspire people through my art and show them that they can do anything. I want to show the magic of painting… I often get responses from people that all this is just fake or processed by a computer.”
But fake they aren’t. These drawings are 100 percent his own talent for photorealism combined with his creative mind. It’s easy to see why people would make that mistake, though. He’s almost too good. Even Stefan admitted in the Buzzfeed interview, “After I did the spider painting, it made me feel a little queasy; I knew it wasn’t real, my head kept telling me it was dangerous and disgusting.”
I hear that. I can’t look at that one without wanting to run into the other room and hide.