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By on January 16, 2007, with 55 Comments

Craig Zielke pointed me to his brother’s gallery. I really loved the photo below he sent me as example. The realistic view of the drawn hat is amazing! If you weren’t able to see the note book, you would probably mistake it for real Dr. Pepper hat. To see more drawings from Craig’s brother, be sure to visit his website (link is in first comment). The email I received follows: “My brother drew this… and being a fan of your site I thought this would be perfect. Keep up the amazing work on your site… I’m almost all the way through all your illusions!”

  • Anonymous

    Great looking drawing. Love the site!

    • http://www.leisurecarrentalsxm.com/ Jimmy

      really cool

  • Vurdlak

    More similar art from Justin Zielke can be found on his website: http://theluckwithin.blogspot.com/

  • alien803

    1stt comment

    • http://gmail.com Andrewpoky

      3rd accually

  • alien803

    i dont get it

  • Anonymous

    Great Picture… I like the site. The Old Man is my favorite.

  • alien803

    they painted a shadow so what?

    • Zoey

      first of all…the drawing is the point…
      and the second of all…its not a painting its a sketch!!!

  • Guarah

    Can’t you get it? The monochromatic hat isn’t a hat at all… it’s a draw… not only the shadow, the whole hat

  • Anonymous

    no, silly, the hat and the shadow is drawn

  • Schaianne

    Awesome talent!!

    I LOVE this site!

  • alien803

    its only the shadow that was drawn

  • Anonymous

    This is an awesome drawing! Someone really has some talent!

    The whole hat in monochrome WAS drawn!! Read the little blurp above the picture. I don’t get why everyone has to criticize and deny all the optical illusions. Just look at them and admire them–if they were’nt real, why would they be posted on a site?

  • Elliexx ANIMALS ROCK!!

    alien803, your so stupid. if they had drawn just the shadow, y wud they have put it on this fantastic website? dont u giv any credit to the person who drew this? i agree with Anonymous – it’s amazing!!

  • likei’mgivnit2U!

    it doesnt make much sense to ME
    thy look way different & probly wud w/the paper behind ones older than the sea and the other was jst made
    go to the sand ones

  • Shauzia


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  • Samantha

    holy crap! I thought that the drawing was a real hat!! I had to look a couple times to figure out that it wasn’t!
    Real good drawing!!!

  • jumjum

    to alien803, 7th comment…i’d like to see you do what that guy did. come on. show me.

  • Anonymous

    Holy crap! At first i thought the illusion would say “the differnce between new and old” and then i saw it was a drawing!
    p.s. the word verification is geting hard!

  • Damien

    the red one is fake it says peppor

  • Anonymous

    Same as samantha, I thought they were two real hats. I was like what’s so optical about that. I wish i could draw that good i’m just going to look at his site, cn’t wait to see more of his pics if they’re as good as this one.

  • Bella Cullen

    Wow. This guy has some talent. His site is very cool, as are his flowers. The drawn hat looks so realistic, it has the look of fabric, and very convincing. If I was there, I might mistake it to be real. And there is no need to critisize, just look and be off with you or appreciate it, eh? And it says ‘Pepper’ not ‘Peppor.’ How could you think it was fake?

  • Anonymous

    OMG! I didn’t know what was so great about the pic but when i looked close i saw that the grey hat was actually a drawing! amazing!

  • Anonymous
  • Kirsty

    evn seeing the notebook i still see it as a real hat..i guess my eyes dont want to believe its fake! amazing

  • Praxsta

    Brilliant! love this site and love this pic!


    This picture is great, i wish i was such a good drawer =Þ

  • Anonymous

    All of you guys who are critisizing this guys drawings, I agree with jumjum – if you think it’s lame, you try drawing something so realistic that people can’t tell the difference!

  • Anonymous

    dude, that's a drawing?!
    that's freakin' awesome
    <3 it :D

  • Cornelius

    When I first laid eyes on this pic, I only saw two hats, nothing special. But after reading the top paragraph, I was impressed that the grey one was a drawing. After reading the comments, I think that the drawed hat kinda has a big flap, while the red hat has a much smaller one.

  • patyxiomara

    he doens t paint just a shadow … he had paint the hat

  • Anonymous

    hmm when i clicked this picture, i actually thought it was two hats… cool.. cool..

  • Anonymous

    i never comment the illusions but i absolutely lovee this one that takes amazing talent that is my favorite one

  • CjKun

    I think the guy who drew it did a really great job, specially the effect of dirt on the hat, more than the hat and shadow themselves.

    Nice drawing.

  • Shal Kuroi Yamaneko

    I actually recognised it as a drawing at first look, but it’s just cus I’m studying art.
    This is a really awsome drawing!!!!!!
    love this tipe of illusions, if u find put more… maybe one day I’ll try to draw something similar…

  • Anonymous

    WOW i thought that the drawn dr pepper cap was real!! nice drawing!! *clap*

  • http://www.moillusions.com/2006/05/how-many-horses.html iiUBERTOWELii

    This is clearly an amazing work of art, you children take granit of how much time and effort went into this drawing.

  • random gurl265

    Awesome! im speechless!

  • annonymous

    I thought the drawing was a real hat!

  • random

    Best I saw so far… at first I thought it was a real hat spray painted! I was looking for the illusion, and then.. WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Anonymous

    when I came to this page, I saw 2 hats, nothing very special. Amazing drawing!

  • lolipop101

    wow thats an amazing drawing! i couldnt figure out how it was done but then i saw it was actually a drawing cool

  • Luvey

    When I first saw this,I thought ‘is this supposed to be a new hat next to an old hat?’ before realizing that the black and white one’s a drawing!

  • Dolphin

    It’s AWESOME!!!! I loooooove art illusions!!!!

  • khaos

    i actually believed this was real..thats real cool haha

  • Lasse

    Hahaha – at first i was like “and… 2 caps?” but then i realized the black/white one was drawn :P thats amazin!

  • Aisha

    I looked at the picture and really tried to find the illusion, what i thought was:
    -a colour illusion thing?
    -a flying object thing?

    but then i read the description and its actually a drawn hat! MINDBLOWN. Gratz to the artist! <3

  • Pam

    I actually thought it was 2 hats & didn’t get what the illusion was till I read the texts & then I was like OMG that’s a drawing! Amazing!!

    • http://www.google.com/ Aundre

      You can always tell an expert! Thanks for contribtunig.

  • jo

    totally lame!

    if you look on the drawn hat twice you see its just a standart pencil-drawing like we used to do in school.

    what makes it a illusion is the strong shadow and the light on the table that fits it. without the light and the real hat the painiting whould just look lame and the shadow whould be too dark.

  • inmyshoes

    Well,you know its good when they know the shadow is fake but still think the hat is real.

  • James

    *chokes on dr. pepper*

  • no one

    really cool