There is something very surreal about Eric van Straaten's creations. Off the bat, people will hone in on the impossible scenarios and cartoonish features of his subjects. Upon closer inspection, his artworks are comprised of two layers that will easily fool people into believing they are either digital drawings or 3D sculptures. In reality, they are one and the same.
Essentially, Eric van Straaten creates a detailed 3D sketch of his sculptures before printing them. This allows them to retain an unreal element that is at once playful and provocative. Printing such delicate and colorful models is incredibly difficult, hence the reason people may believe them to be simpler animations. Prof. Dr. Arnold Ratsberger writes, "There is no artist who pushes the boundaries of colorized 3D-prints as far as Eric van Straaten."