We love a bit of optical trickery, and these 3D paintings will have you thinking they're coming to life.

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You won’t believe your eyes when you see the work of artist Stefan Pabst.

The 35-year-old creates jaw-dropping 3D illusion art and photorealistic portraits of famous faces. His work ranges from spine-chilling spiders that appear real enough to touch, to stunning drawings of stars including Scarlett Johansson (below).

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Stefan Pabst/Rex Shutterstock

 

Stefan uses a range of paint brushes for what he calls ‘3D drawing’ using the trompe l’oeil technique; a French term literally meaning ‘trick the eye’.

He takes around three hours to complete his optical illusion creations, which have also included a lantern and a range of drinking glasses.

Russian-born Stefan, who moved to Germany aged 15, began drawing at 5 when he copied images from an old bible.

He now creates portraits on commission and has a huge following on his YouTube page. Check out his mind-bending artworks below…

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Stefan Pabst/Rex Shutterstock

 

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Stefan Pabst/Rex Shutterstock

 

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Stefan Pabst/Rex Shutterstock

 

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Stefan Pabst/Rex Shutterstock