I'm trying to replicate this picture (from wikipedia) with TikZ: enter image description here

The part on the left is straightforward but I'm struggling to come up with ideas for the part on the right.

  • This can be achieved rather easily, either with projections from 3D, nonlinear transformations or just by hand. – Schrödinger's cat Jan 24 at 3:08
  • @Schrödinger'scat what do you mean “projections from 3D” ? – Black Mild Jan 24 at 6:12
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    @BlackMild You can draw something in 3D and project it on the screen. The pic on the right looks a bit like a surface in 3D. – Schrödinger's cat Jan 24 at 6:22

This employs a nonlinear transformation to produce a similar output.

\pgf@x=\myx pt%
\pgf@y=\myy pt%
 \begin{scope}[xshift=-10cm,local bounding box=L]
  \draw[fill=myblue] (0,0) rectangle (8,8);
  \draw[help lines] (0,0) grid (8,8);
  \draw[thick,fill=myred] (1,1) rectangle (7,7);
  \draw[help lines] (1,1) grid (7,7);
  \draw[very thick,<->] (1,7) |- (7,1);
 \begin{scope}[local bounding box=R]
  \draw[fill=myblue] (0,0) rectangle (8,8);
  \draw[help lines] (0,0) grid (8,8);
  \draw[thick,fill=myred] (1,1) rectangle (7,7);
  \draw[help lines] (1,1) grid (7,7);
  \path (1,1) coordinate (o) (1,1.1) coordinate (y) (1.1,1) coordinate (x);
 \draw[fill=white,fill opacity=0.2] let \p1=($(y)-(o)$),\p2=($(x)-(o)$),
    \n1={atan2(\y1,\x1)},\n2={atan2(\y2,\x2)} in
  [fill=white,fill opacity=0.2] (o) -- ++(\n1:6.25) coordinate (y')  
  -- ++(\n2:6.25) -- ++(\n1+180:6.25) coordinate (x')
  -- cycle;
 \draw[very thick,<->] (y') -- (o) -- (x');
 \draw[-stealth,thick] (-1.5,4) to[bend left=10] node[above]{$f$} (0.5,4);

enter image description here

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    Good answer!! Can you write the expression of the nonlinear transformation, please? Thank you, as always. – manooooh Jan 24 at 5:02
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    @manooooh It is all in the code. (\pgf@x,\pgf@y) gets mapped to (\pgf@x+0.3*\pgf@y-3*sin(\pgf@y*2), \pgf@y-10*sin(\pgf@x)). – Schrödinger's cat Jan 24 at 5:04
  • As usual excellent answer ! – Alain Matthes Jan 24 at 13:32

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