One of the artists for popular light novel and manga series Gosick posted these amazing popup-style drawings on Twitter recently, where they were immediately shared hundreds of times by impressed otaku. Using just pencil, paper, and an open book they’ve been able to bring the characters into the 3D world with clever techniques. 

Gosick is a historical drama/mystery light novel by Kazuki Sakuraba which ran between 2003 and 2011 and also had a manga and an anime adaptation. Hinata Takeda is responsible for the gorgeous cover illustrations of the original light novels, while Amano Sakuya illustrated the manga version.

To promote the complete set of the manga, Sakuya has made these beautiful 3D-style pencil drawings of characters from the series. They’re drawn in such a way that when propped up by a book they appear three-dimensional.

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▼ Careful shading and cutting of the edge of the paper are techniques that enhance the 3D effect.


▼ The perspective work here is extremely clever.


▼ The open book serves as the floor and wall in this design.


▼ It’s like they’re stepping out of the 2D world and into the 3D!


These images were retweeted almost 2,000 times and have inspired other artists to create similar works that have also been floating around the Twittersphere. If you find any other impressive ones why not let us know in the comments section below.

Source & images: Twitter/@amanosakuya