Making Lifelike 3D Aquariums With Paint Cast In Resin

Making Lifelike 3D Aquariums With Paint Cast In Resin


Don’t worry, these aren’t real fish. They are meticulous
paintings cast in resin. These realistic aquarium scenes are painted and poured
by hand, layer by layer. They’re made by Lillian Lee and her team at Serene Life
Art, a studio in China. That layering to create
the illusion of depth relies on stereopsis, also
known as binocular vision. When your eyes combine the differences between each layer in your brain, it creates the illusion of more depth than there actually is. This kind of 3D resin
painting can be traced back to Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori. The most important part of the technique? Planning how the fish’s
anatomy will be split into each layer. So how do they make these
pieces come to life? It can be created in a bowl, a
bamboo box, or pendant molds. Once a container has been
picked for a painting, the base layer is poured using
a mix of resin and epoxy. After the first layer of
resin dries completely, the first layer of paint is added. Then the next layer of resin is poured, and the process is
repeated multiple times. Koi fish are popular in Lillian’s work because she took care of them for 12 years before painting them. Typically, making one koi fish takes six to eight
layers of painted resin. The first layer includes
the fins and the body. Then comes the tail and the eyes. The scales and body patterns are also painted between these layers, and the dorsal fin completes the koi fish. Sometimes, pebbles, twigs, and even coins can be added between the layers. 3D resin painting takes a lot of patience. Only one layer can be painted each day because resin can take
eight to 12 hours to dry. A small piece can take
about a week to make, but finishing a larger painting
can take up to a month. But Lillian’s work shows
that patience is a virtue.

100 thoughts on “Making Lifelike 3D Aquariums With Paint Cast In Resin

  1. Very detailed just like real fish 😀
    Really layer by layer and there was 8 layer,per layer must wait 12hours until cooldown …

  2. First impressions, I am angry that they take alive fish in the resin , then I do appreciate that kind of art

  3. 😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍👍👍👍👍👍👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏👏

  4. She is AMAZING!!!!! THe colors are extremely gorgeous and life like!!! I don’t know how she has the patience for it! Knowing me i’d mess up and have to start all over again 🙄

  5. I’d love to have a table with painted koi in it that would look amazing 😉 I’m also considering to maybe try this out I’ve been looking into things like this and it looks interesting to do

  6. It took me more than 1 year to study this art for 1 year by myself. Now I can paint everything 3D like that
    Now and I have opened several 3d drawing courses like this

  7. Amazing art and skill! Instand subscription!
    How To Make Skull Island: https://youtu.be/psKWn47iwg0
    How To Make Mini Aquarium with Epoxy Resin: https://youtu.be/5nU9rN4zq1E

  8. So so beautiful. Thank you for sharing. I love YouTube. We get to all see things that otherwise would be lost to us. Your work is wonderful. Again, thank you.

  9. My mom has a friend that is resin artist. One say she had an order to make this, but with real fuckin fish!! Thank god she refused the order.

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