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Be sure you update your Vista gadget, I just made the featured post about it – above. Chris O’Bray found these incredible photos, and decided to share them with our community. This is what Chris said: “You’ve probably got dozens of people sending you this, but just in case it’s passed you by. Check this story and pictures out! Love the site by the way. I use the Google gadget – by far its the most interesting thing on my home page!”

It took Sara Watson three weeks to transform the car seen below, and make it invisible. She made a battered old Skoda “disappear” by painting it to merge with the surrounding car park. This invisible Skoda is now being used for advertising by the local recycling firm that donated the vehicle. Sara was given the Skoda Fabia from the breaker’s yard at local firm, whose owner Steve Jackson described her work as “simply amazing”. Are you able to see the car without any problem? Perhaps our color-blind readers will see it more quickly, as they are better at penetrating certain camouflages (supposedly). Oh, I almost forgot to share that I managed to pass my exam – just 8 more before getting a diploma!

Hidden Skoda Fabia Optical Illusion
Hidden Skoda Fabia Optical Illusion


63 Responses
  1. Tripudelops says:

    so cool!

  2. PecosPeet says:

    Wow. At first I thought that was done in the darkroom (which shows my age), then I realized it’s all by paint. Very ghostly. Well done!

  3. Anonymous says:

    very impressive…i like the part that is in the shadow beneath the front bumper…thats the abyss…no light can escape it, like a black hole…

    ok, wierd…

    I like the bottom pic better, bc the perspective seems slightly more accurate.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I thought that the ground and wall were painted to look like a car.

  5. Jarima says:

    Reeeally cool, but I don’t think anyone looking at the pictures is going to miss the car, it’s quite obvious that there is one “hidden” in there…

  6. BraDRoBBo says:

    Ahaheh;P that’s great! At a first glance without reading anything i thought it was done simply with layers on Photoshop/Paint.NET etc. and making one more transparent:P… but yeah thats lovely =]… also the last pics obviously Photoshopped though ;) ahah (multiple Sara Watsons!! :P

    lol @ comment number 4, thats a good point :P almost could be ^_^ (except the (yellow) lines wouldn’t have been so standing out then)

  7. Wow this is AWESOME!!! says:

    Nice paint job! I never noticed the car in the low-res iGoogle gadget.

    Random: This is the way of the future… Invisible cars will dominate… and they will be repainted every 2 seconds… LOL

  8. David Ribeiro says:

    All I can see is a extremely cute blondie

  9. cc says:

    thr top pic looks wierd but the botttom pic looks cool esp the girl on to of the car

    who is the girl anyway?? if anybody knows please tell me

    is she linsey lohan????
    just wonderin

  10. Anonymous says:

    This does class as ART!, unfortunatley it only works from one camera position, so not invisible in the camoflage sense. :)

  11. Fried Calamari says:

    It took me a minute to get this one. At First I thought she did it in Photoshop and that it took her 3 weeks to do, I was going to shake my head at how easy it would be to do that.

    After looking at it a bit longer I realized she painted the car, now THAT is impressive.

    Thumbs up for fooling me and making me study the picture longer.

  12. Strawberry says:

    Now that is talent!

  13. CareBear says:

    It would be cool to have one of those cars. Too bad ghost cars are only available to the police.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Would have been cool if they had painted the shadows out too… thats what they used to do on black and white tv shows: paint the walls a lighter colour where the shadows were falling so in film they showed up the same colour.
    Although, since it took 3 weeks it would have to have been done at the very last minute before the picture was taken…

    …and there’s always the easier option of just lighting the picture…

    …what a productive comment this was.

  15. rastamon13 says:

    i wonder what happens when she drives it? LOL

  16. HerCathyness says:

    I like that it Wasn’t digaltered; it would’ve been easy to fade it out more.

    More important, Congrats Vurdlak on passing your exam! (I’d feel awful if you hadn’t, for so thoroughly enjoying the results of the time and effort you give MOI!)

  17. yoda82 says:

    the second picture isn’t photoshopped, she is a quadtuplit she has 3 identical sister’s


    that car can”t going 2 last long someone is going to crash into it because they can’t see it

  18. Rafal says:

    freakin’ awesome.
    at first I thought the buildings were painted so it looked like a car was there, and then I thought it was like one of those trade-mark thingies so you know it’s this brand, then i thought computer gnereed,

  19. Mark Maranta says:

    VERY impressive work. The only thing she overlooked was to use light paint under the car to compensate for the car’s shadow… but I guess that might have pissed someone off.

  20. Anonymous says:

    Uhm, this is actually a Skoda Felicia (1994-2001), not Fabia (1999–present). So please, change the name to Skoda Felicia, thanks :)

  21. Babayage says:

    Congrats Vurdlak, on passing your Exams…
    we all had really hoped for that! :-)
    You've done such a great work!
    You have truly deserved it…

    88 ** (( () /
    88 ** (( () \

  22. Anonymous says:

    cool, but that second pic is clearly photoshopped right? Hmmm…. Naw, still cool.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Again, not strictly an illusion. It is art in perspective to make it appear invisible but you can still easily see it is a car that has been painted. It is shaped like a car, looks like a car (and probably smells like a car). Had she painted it in a fashion to make it look bigger at the back or to make it look like it is wriggling/moving when it really isn’t, or to make it look like a truck or submarine would be an illusion in the truer sense. This is highly skilled perspective art.

    – The Roc

  24. Anonymous says:

    Amazing!!! Big respect! But I think thats Skoda Felicia.

  25. gimmewine says:

    I love the idea behind this, best thing in my eyes for some time. Couldn’t have been easy to do either.

  26. Anonymous says:

    that’s skoda felicia, not fabia :)

  27. Alan Parekh says:

    Great work. I wonder how long it would take to have another car plow into the front of it?

  28. A Nonny Moose says:

    She should have put lighting under the car so there would have very little shadow.

  29. ROGER says:

    great! looks so real

  30. Dressbin says:

    more exciting is: who is this girl :D

    good illusion ^^

  31. Me, Myself, and iPod says:

    Best illusion I’ve ever seen!! ;-D Thank you soooooooooooo much!!

  32. Angel says:

    I’ve seen her and that car in the news paper! and on Yahoo!

  33. cgimusic says:

    That must have taken days to do. That’s the most awesome thing I’ve ever seen.

  34. bethuel says:

    cute ladies there and a nice illusion

  35. Brilliant!! Left me confused for about a minute, before I could figure out what had been done!

  36. Myshak says:

    Its Skoda Felicia, not Fabia…good work anyway

  37. Fedorich says:

    Good car, anywhere…

  38. John says:

    Wow what a beautiful young lady! Umm, I mean great art work.

  39. i karl says:

    how did they get Lindsey Lowhan to pose ????

  40. brendan says:


  41. Ace says:

    Although a very good paint job I saw the car immediately there was no hard looking.

  42. tacos says:

    what if you drive the car wont it look really weird

  43. unknown says:

    without reading the article i thought it was photoshopped
    this girl is by far the best camouflage painter ive ever seen

  44. tacos says:

    lol kewl pictures and all but does anyone notice how Anonymous allways tries to sound so smart this is just a fun web site Anonymous tries to figure it out dont be such a party pooper gosh

  45. Commenter says:

    The windshield is the giveaway that she painted the car. The paint on the windshield is skewed. Not to say it was not well done, just to say that the windshield gives it away that it is a painted car and not a painted wall.

  46. SmokeR_CZE says:

    Hi, just wanna let you know, that it is NOT Skoda Fabia, but Skoda Felicia (older model).

  47. ash39m says:

    it’s simply awsome. and to those who spent thier time ripping on her hard work, get over yourselves and go do better before you tear down someone elses hard work. she did a fantastic job!

  48. alex says:

    how stupid are people ? asking who the girl is.
    It obviously says it in the article

    Stupid internet faggots !!!
    Gee !!!

  49. Greg says:

    Thats pretty cool.

  50. Zarko says:

    Looks like fake. If the girl did not painted the char in two versions this is totally photoshop or something like that. There is two pictures with different angle. Only one precisely angle corresponds the painting. So if the angle is changed then whole pattern must be changed. In second picture there is color variations which will demand again new pattern but it can be explained by different lighting in the moment of making the picture.

  51. Ann says:

    well i love it !!!! you did a great job, you are a very artistic young lady!! you should be proud :)

  52. Twiguard says:

    But the problem is this is not Škoda Fabia. It’s Škoda Felicia, an older model.

  53. Rene says:

    Thats cool! I’m colorblind and I spotted it immediately, but I have nothing to compare to regarding how hard it is for others to spot. I thought colorblindness would make it harder to distinguish!

  54. Cheadle says:

    That’s not the case, Colour-blindness actually makes it easier for you to see these things because your brain doesn’t see what everybody else sese. The Army actually recruits colour blind people as visual surveillance, for example, in a wooded area, a colour blind person is far more likely to see a camouflaged area than a normal sighted person.

  55. Peter says:

    Haha, i am also colourblind and saw it as easily as if it were not camo!

  56. Sherin says:

    I’m not color blind but I saw immediately. Nothing special there.

  57. Loriane says:

    I’m not color blind (which I know for sure after seeing your color blind optical illusions) and I saw it immediately and I’ve never even heard of that kind of car so I was just like “why is that car painted like that?” nice try but I was not even close to fooled. sorry

  58. Derp says:

    I am also *NOT* color blind and saw the car immediately. Lame “illusion” is lame.

  59. derp also says:

    yes this is stupid

  60. Derp2 says:

    It’s obviously using a cloaking device.

  61. eureka says:

    cute girl…:)

  62. Robert says:

    Mmm i wanna hump her. Hottie.

  63. Rob Ert says:

    I’d hit it. (The girl, not the car) ok ok maybe the car too.

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