“Being deaf I think I see things from a different perspective and I love expressing myself through art. It’s almost like I communicate with the world through it.”

Meet Iantha Naicker, a 26-year-old artist from Durban, South Africa, who works professionally as a book illustrator. Two years ago, in her spare time, she challenged herself to make 3D illustrations, and has come to master the unique skill. While much of her optical illusion-based work involves colored pencils and watercolor on paper, for her latest 3D paintings she’s relying on almost nothing but her own two hands… quite literally.

To make her palm art, Iantha uses only acrylic paint and white gel pens because as she notes, “it easily washes away after I take a picture.” She spends about 3-4 hours painting animals and just about anything else she can image on her hands, and her results are simply magical.

All art and photos create to Iantha Naicker via her Facebook page.






Inspired by nature, much of Iantha’s 3D work on paper features the most adorable animals that appear to be playfully toying with it, trying to leap off of it, and those that just don’t want to stay in the lines. These are just some of our favorites.





All art and photos create to Iantha Naicker via her Facebook page.