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By on May 21, 2007, with 32 Comments

As he said himself, M. Shahadat Hossain (the submitter of this artwork), found it while browsing the net. It is a very interesting illustration concept of a storm, and a shipwreck in it. It looks as if there is a terrible faith awaiting these young sailors hanging from the foremast. Just move your head away from the monitor, and you’ll become aware of their destiny too. It gave me chills first time I saw it. Skulls were very popular in art few centuries ago, and carried a pretty big influence on artists today. I’m not quite sure when this illustration was created, nor who is the original author, but never the less its real masterpiece! Enjoy. Be sure to check our previous scary illusion, as well as other skull art from the archives.

The Perfect Storm Illusion

Skull Optical Illusion


32 Responses
  1. Thierry says:

    Amazing !

  2. Daniel says:

    Lame! Too many ‘excuses’ to make the skull

  3. Will says:

    I Get The Skull, But i Don’t Get The Point…?

    Still, Great Site!

  4. Not At School Anymore says:

    Wow, pretty impresive but i think we all know that ya’ll can do better…

  5. Claidi says:

    gyaaaah! SCARY!

  6. Anonymous says:

    Getting really tired of the “You can do better” comments. If you have something better – put a link to it on your comment, if not – shut your yap.

  7. diva says:

    wierd i couldn’t c it at first!

  8. Fabula Scriptor says:

    I like this one. It’s a lot more subtle than many of the other skull ones, and it also had a deeper message.

  9. jesse says:

    whoa that’s creepy

  10. iamacoolpersone<3 says:

    I like it!!! it kinda chills ya.

  11. heyyou says:

    cool, it’s kinda chilling.

  12. Chris says:

    This is a “zooming” illusion: It looks more like a skull when you zoom out and more like a ship when you zoom in. Keep those skulls coming!!!

  13. Skippy says:

    if you look in the flag above the crows nest you will see the name of the artist in question “Orosz”
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Istv%C3%A1n_Orosz seems he has several pictures of this type. some much better than this one.

  14. Fabzy says:

    thank u skippy, for your accuracy (so rare in the comments…). Istvan Orosz is a great hungarian artist whose work is mostly based on optical illusions, check his site : http://web.axelero.hu/utisz/page.htm
    And thank you Vurdlak for my daily dose of illusion.

  15. freak3dot says:

    “It looks as if there is a terrible faith awaiting these young sailors hanging from the foremast.”

    faith? Don’t you mean fate?

  16. ariella says:

    ehhhh…it’s obvious

  17. Joonas says:

    Anonymouse said: “Getting really tired of the “You can do better” comments. If you have something better – put a link to it on your comment, if not – shut your yap.”
    Exactly, if you don’t like it, don’t say it.

  18. Anonymous says:

    When the image was smaller and on my google page I actually saw the skull right away. Pretty cool.

  19. purpleboltz21 says:

    I dont really see it…

  20. Anonymous says:

    Another skull thing? No offense but there are a ton of these

  21. Anonymous says:

    Yawn… Sorry but I don’t see the illusion. Its a skull and then its a whole bunch of little pictures. Whats the point?

  22. Anonymous says:

    and…how is this an illusion??

  23. cmt9 says:

    I reckon this is based on the ancient mariner. You even have the sea creatures in the water

  24. anonomous says:

    i cant find there destiny!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 wat is it

  25. Anonymous says:

    Of for god’s sake, if you cant say anything usefuil and nice about it, shut your trap D<

  26. amiley copern says:


  27. Irishrink says:

    I BELIEVE the phrase you’ve attempted to use is “terrible FATE,” NOT “terrible faith…”

  28. GirlyGirl says:

    Woa thats sad. Anyone else notice the dragons swimming in the water underneath the boat or the angels blowing gusts of wind to them from the top two corners?

  29. Nepomuk says:

    Nice piece of art.

    However, the top flag points in the wrong direction. The head wind is on a sail boat never stronger than the true wind filming the taut sails.

    Did the artist disregard that intentionally in order to highlight the position of his signature?

  30. Aehtasham says:

    This is so that I like most

  31. I is so cool says:

    It’s funny: I saw it better as a skull in the thumbnail, but when I pulled up the article, it took me a while to find it again!

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