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By on July 7, 2011, with 22 Comments  

Thanks to our loyal and investigative audience, “together” we’ve managed to locate more photos of the anamorphosis work by François Abelanet, and learned how it can be found exhibited at Paris town hall. Be sure to check the mentioned post for more updates. Today’s featured illusion is somewhat easy to see, and chances are slim there wasn’t any digital manipulation going on with it. Still, someone has seamlessly integrated my old time favorite – “Lady in Smoke” into a real life photograph focused at the lit cigarette. As much as I’m against smoking, I really loved this one!

By on July 6, 2011, with 26 Comments  

Flickr user mamassage knitted this cool anamorphic scarf that looks like it’s just another stripped scarf until you see it from the right angle -then it reveals a hidden alien pattern between the stripes. Even if you stare at it long enough without tilting it, you’ll eventually see the aliens, but I doubt you’d really notice while someone was wearing the scarf.

It’s a little like this striped Garfield picture Vurdlak posted back in April. A good knitter could even make a scarf from that, although Garfield would undoubtedly appeal to an entirely different crowd than the alien from this scarf.

Personally, I’d love to wear a something like this, knowing I was the only one who would know about the illusion for the most part. Would you guys wear this or at least one with a similar illusion knitted in?

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By on July 5, 2011, with 68 Comments  

We’ve seen hundreds of ultra-realistic chalk drawings by now. Over the years artists have truly mastered their craft, pushing the boundaries and making their results more realistic by each iteration. In my opinion, today’s featured illusion has pushed the boundaries even further -by replacing the “chalk” part in “3D chalk drawings” with actual flora (and fauna). Observe how strong the 3D effect appears. It’s almost impossible to visualize the scenery as being what it actually is – flat. I think the original artist has started the whole new trend, and hopefully, we’ll be seeing whole bunch of similar illusions in the near future! The only thing I regret is missing the author’s name. I’ve tried using reverse image search which TinyEye provides (as suggested by my audience), yet without any sucess. If you have any clue about the origins of this photo, also where this installment can be found, please don’t hesitate to share it via comments section!

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By on July 3, 2011, with 108 Comments  

I don’t know about you guys, but I love top ten lists. When Vurdlak asked me if i could do one, I was really excited and a little surprised to see that there are only two top-tens on the site already. Well, rest assured that if you like posts like this, I’ll be happy to contribute plenty of them to the site -in fact, if you have any ideas for lists you’d like to see, feel free to leave your ideas in the comments here and if Vurdlak and I both like them, you just might see them in an upcoming post!

As for this first top ten list, I thought tattoos would make a great topic -after all, you have to really love an illusion to get one tattooed on you. This first tattoo is my personal favorite because it’s such a classic illusion subject -multiple meaning one. These work really well as arm  tattoos because you never know if someone will view it while your arm is raised or not, making it the ideal location for such a piece. This specific design was done by David Page. On the left, you have a queen, but when you flip her upside down, you have a king.

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By on July 2, 2011, with 17 Comments  

Before you ask, yes… this picture, by Rob at the What Is It? Blog, is Photoshopped; that’s not the illusion here. Instead, it’s the fact that the man on the right, the one that looks so gigantic, is the exact copy of man on the far left. So why does he look so much bigger than the original one, you might ask? Simply because the lines mess with our brain’s perception of size.

If you think this picture somehow looks familiar, sans the illusion part, you’re probably right. It’s actually a famous picture of bridge painters hanging from the wires of the Brooklyn Bridge near the end of the construction phase. You can even see the skyline of Lower Manhattan in the background – can you imagine how different that skyline must look these days? Those of you who live in New York know exactly how true that is.

By on June 30, 2011, with 16 Comments  

What I’m about to show you shouldn’t strictly be taken into account as optical illusions. Moreover, here and then exceptions are made, specially when something monumental appears – like this time where we have striking, Banksy-like artwork created by Portuguese artist Alexandre Farto.

As you see Alexandre… or Andy Wall-hole if you will (which is the nickname Alex earned himself), carves incredible face portraits into the bricks and mortar of buildings. DailyMail reports how Alex has peppered the walls and sides of old buildings around his native Lisbon with an impressive selection of portraits, where he hopes his “faces in the city” will inspire people and make them see beyond what meets their eyes.

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By on June 28, 2011, with 15 Comments  

Thanks to Andreas P. now we have whole new series of Liu Bolin and his “Invisible Man” – Dragon Series installation to showcase. If you lived under the rock for the past year or so, you missed some incredible camouflage body-paintings from mentioned artist. As we already stated once – Liu Bolin, (a master of camouflage) hopes to portray the richness of Chinese culture and history through his work. He achieved some pretty unbelievable results with this one, if you ask me…

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By on June 26, 2011, with 16 Comments  

So technically this papercraft version of M.C. Escher’s Relativity drawing is not actually origami, but kirigami, whereby paper is made into art through the use of cutting and folding rather than exclusively folding. But let’s be honest, while practically everyone has heard of origami, most people think of it as any type of art involving paper. And it seems no one has really heard of kirigami. So, I stand by my headline here.

Anyway, we’ve seen this same Escher work in LEGO before, but there’s just something about the delicate nature of paper that makes the interpretation of the same original Escher work appear so much more fragile and delicate than the toy brick version. In a way, it’s kind of like hearing a song covered by two different bands who specialize in two different genres. You can recognize that they started out with the same influence, but the end result is drastically different.

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