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By on March 18, 2008, with 23 Comments

What you see below is the portrait of Marvel Comic’s superhero, The Thing. I believe he is one of the Fantastic Four. This has to be one of the best examples of trompe l’oeil I’ve ever seen. The mural was drawn by Justen Ladda in 1981, at PS 37 in the Bronx – New York. If you jump inside the article, you can see more examples of Justen’s work, along with “Side View” photos of The Thing and others to see how they were done. In my opinion this is truly awesome. I imagine a projector was used and the spots were filled in, which isn’t exactly easy, but probably easier than manually figuring out what paint goes where. Some guys, like the sidewalk chalk guy, seem to do it from scratch, which is definitely talented!

Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion

Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion
Marvel Comics Superhero Mural Optical Illusion

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23 Responses
  1. Kay says:

    i love the top one…they all look so cool!

  2. Screaming Doubles says:

    i want to know how to do those…
    seriously
    ive seen a whole bunch of them all over this site… and they are all incredible.

    Kay has the right idea

  3. Anna says:

    They are awesome!! I love the one with the circle, it’s amazing!

  4. Harry says:

    Some people can do it with extreme patience and incredible talent. But for the rest of us mere mortals, if you want to have a crack at it then you need to get hold of a projector and project the image onto whatever you’re painting onto from where the final view point will be. Then just trace over the lines!
    Awesome site, awesome page today. Keep up the good work!!

  5. Lumikinos says:

    I love this kind of illusions! It’s really nice start for a day!

  6. Anonymous says:

    I love them!
    Keep it going!
    <33333

  7. Pedro says:

    AWESOME

  8. shannon says:

    its pretty sweet!

  9. stoop says:

    i’m trying to get my head around the first one but i think my brain is will break :( the others seem to be easier to to see whats going on

    i reckon it’s the pesky chairs that are confusing me!!

    great illusions today :)

  10. Anonymous says:

    Dude… sweet

  11. Andreas says:

    the third is my favorite! great work.

  12. Rachel says:

    Oh wow, these are amazing! The top one is so COOL!!!
    And I really like the one of the two figures looking in a mirror, I want to do something like that in my house.

  13. Anonymous says:

    wow..

  14. Kevin says:

    kinda cool….I’m sure I couldn’t do that….nor would I have any need to. But it is better than some others I have seen.

  15. Anonymous says:

    Awesome I like the first one best the fly one was cool too

  16. ME! says:

    If I saw the third one (walking stick guy) when I walked into a room, I’d be like, OH MY GOD! What is that?! Hmmm… I should put that in my room! It would totally freak EVERYONE out. Someone walks in, and I’d pretend to be hypnotized by that thing. It would be AWESOME!!! Oh, and we should have the fly one in our pool. And don’t forget about “The Thing”! We could have that, hmmm… In my bro’s room. I want the 2 men in my room, and the woman… Coming down from our attic when it is open. That would definitely freak ME out.

  17. Tanja says:

    Oh I love this kind of illusions- they’re really cool

  18. smileyface says:

    these are my favorite! the thing one was a little hard but the rest, easy. i love this website!!! <3<3<3<3<3<3

  19. shark3901 says:

    it confising ITS IMPOSOBOL IV NVER SEEN ENYBODY DO THAT TECNIQUE

  20. Facebook User says:

    EXTRA !!!

  21. Lil'Miss.Twilight says:

    Yes, these are amazing… keep goin!!

  22. cheyenne says:

    the coolest is the last 3!!

  23. Zk says:

    Not optical illusions. This are Anamorphic illusions that take place when viewed at a certain angle.

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