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Philip Ludens and few other of our loyal fans have submitted this interesting story for our website to publish. The author of this image, Brock Davis found a unique way to combine his love of Halo game and his passion for drawing. He created a 3D self-portrait using Halo 3′s Forge tool. The intriguing image is an optical illusion composed of objects found within the game. Davis, who works as an art director for an ad agency in Minneapolis, had seen examples of people using Forge to write messages or draw 2D pictures in the similar way, but was curious to see if such artistic endeavors could be taken a step further by making a 3D image viewable form certain point of view only. Would be interesting to see similar optical illusion in real life. Let’s see if you can find similar illusions created in real life in this site’s archive. Post the title of your findings! There must be some, but I obviously forgot…

Portrait of a Halo 3 Forge Artist Illusion


88 Responses
  1. Anonymous says:


  2. Anonymous says:

    umm what? i don’t see anything besides a bunch of metal things scattered on the ground

  3. Anonymous says:

    i can’t see any face in the picture..

  4. Optiguy says:

    That’s awesome!!

  5. Godão says:

    uow.. preety cool!!
    this is really awesome!!!
    grats for his job!

  6. nessa.xx says:

    hm.i dont understand?
    1st comment!♥

  7. I am not first am I? says:

    er, what?

    Oh, wait! It’s a face, right? The artist’s face?

    If someone got that before me, sorry- there are no comments up yet.

  8. dont publish this coment! (vol 2) says:

    I’d just like to say- Vurdlak, i’m very impressed.

    Not with this illusion though. Its ok, but not that great.

    I am impressed because Vurdlak has not (so far) published my stupid comment on the ‘Hauntied Forest’ Illusion. I posted it as an experiment to see if he would actually block it.

    I really thought he would let it through, like the many other dumb comments you can see on this site.

    But it seems my post really isn’t going to be put up- there may be hope after all!

    If we are lucky, Vurdlak will not publish this comment either, seeing as it has practically nothing to do with the illusion.

    All the same, keep a look out- if the post delay is longer than I thought, it may still be coming…

  9. Anonymous says:

    first! No Idea, what You’re talking about

  10. Screaming Doubles says:

    as a halo enthusiast, the time that guy spent to do that is rediculous… i can’t imagine going from one place to another to see if everything “lined up” for every movement of those things…
    that is really crazy. kudos to that guy.

    jimminey cricket…

  11. IM A DUMBASS says:

    i dont get it…

  12. Dillon says:

    Wait sooooooo,
    wats this suposed to do again?

  13. Sgt.Napalm says:

    Halo forge, i heard of that. that is that Garry’s mod rip off, right?

    Good illusion though. Very nice, a good sillouet.

  14. Anonymous says:

    1st post
    and that is the coolest thing i have ever seen. i mite fire up my 360 and try some meself

  15. Anonymous says:

    can’t see how this is and optical illusion. could someone kindly tell me?

  16. Sarah says:

    that’s pretty cool. at first i thought “…wow. a whole lotta junk…” i had to read the blurb thing before i actually saw the face.

  17. Mrityunjay says:

    I did’nt see it at first, but I saw it later

    YAY NOT FIRST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. Alpha says:

    For those who didn’t see it yet, it is supposed the metal things on the ground form a face looking at “the camera”.

    That was all I could see, with great effort…

  19. just lil me says:

    once you see it that is all you can see!!! I look at it first and thought wtf, but then i seen it now i dont see the junk anymore…pretty cool if i do say so myself!

  20. peacekiller says:

    cock ur head 2 the right and look at it…its really there! woot! sweet dude! i wanna play halo wit u online! XD

  21. Anonymous says:

    At first I thought, what are you talking about and then BAM! I see it and it took me for surprise and now of course when I look at it, I always see what was intended to be seen and I do not see it the way I first saw it. Very well done!

  22. Ian says:

    *sigh* i knew i should have told you about this when i first saw it a week ago.. o well

    anyway its a great one, and if u know halo then the chopper is the left eye

  23. Anonymous says:

    his face are the metal parts…

  24. Wowee says:

    the whole tilt your head to the right thing worked I can see it now and it is really cool

  25. Blade says:

    Thanks, Peacekiller, I get it now! The face is really cool. The bottom left is the lips, up one is nose, the next two up are eyes. Sweet!

  26. Anonymous says:

    wow! for those having trouble seeing it look at the metal objects, and then look past them at the sand. use the metal objects as outlines and details to the face. its realy neat

  27. danyboy says:

    Magnifique ! C’est trop bien fait !

  28. xco says:

    You can see de face.

  29. Emzi says:

    In response to the guy who was called “Don’t Publish this comment etc.” –

    If you had “Don’t Publish this comment” as your name then maybe it hasn’t been published because it was taken to be meant as “Don’t publish this comment” !!

    And what’s with all the hate anyway? This guy runs this site out of his own accord, he doesn’t have to but he wants to. Why not appreciate that?

  30. The Ultim@te ED says:

    Nice illusion, but it’d be nice to see other angles to the shot… to explain it better… look at the “painted Buildings” in the “chalk drawings” section to see what I mean.

  31. Seith says:

    I don’t understand!

    EDIT:Wait, thats quite cool..


  32. Anonymous says:

    To those unable to see it : IDIOT!!

  33. Anonymous says:


    the bunch of metal things
    IS the face.

    It´s really impressive.

  34. Anonymous says:

    the face looks like a scene out of
    “The Lawnmower Man”,
    when Jobe eliminates the FBI-Agents in front of Dr. Angelo´s House…

    The Head flies in the air, stairing angry…


  35. Wig says:

    Indeed, very nice!

    I was just wondering … there are lots of links in the text that all lead to other pages on this site. And yet you don’t include a link to the source article for this illusion (here)? Please give proper credit and reference…

  36. Anonymous says:

    The metal pieces that form the face appear to be floating, they are not even integrated into the original scene. Not a very good illusion in my opinion! Not an illusion at all!!

  37. Anonymous says:

    1st Time Comment

    I actually see two images. One: right in the middle of the artist. Very Lifelike and Two: a large robitic face looking up. The craters are the eyes.

  38. Snowman25 says:

    Well, it’s a face… not that great.

  39. Anonymous says:

    Tilt your LCD monitor towards you. Or look from ‘almost’ top of the lcd screen.

  40. Anonymous says:

    it is simple. at first i saw a light bulb and I’m like, cool a light bulb, and then i looked where his nose should have been and I saw his face. it isn’t really that well defined

  41. Anonymous says:

    HALO 2.5, not Halo 3

  42. RandomBlood says:

    How can you ugys not see it??? It’s right there in front of you!

  43. Anonymous says:

    omfg, imagine how long that took him. thats icredible. do these ppl have lives, i mean seriously!

  44. Me says:

    I saw the face in 5 seconds…

  45. Anonymous says:

    Lol it took me a while but i got it… for those of you who still dont get it, the random metal scraps on the ground are actually a 3D drawing of the dudes face!

  46. Anonymous says:

    if u don’t see anything, just stare at those metal pieces for a while.

  47. Anonymous says:

    it took me a coupel of seconds
    but i got it!!! very good!!!

  48. Ignis says:

    we really need some more 3D optical illusions

  49. This is what I says:


  50. This is what anonymous says:

    TrICkY must’ve taken a while!

  51. Lor says:

    I see the face..and the junk…. but the junk doesnt look like its on the ground..its kinda floating..if that makes sense..lol bye

  52. C H E D D A R says:

    i got it!

    good job by the way. :D

  53. Anonymous says:

    the easiest illusion ever seen on this site… very poor.
    I cant believe that the illusion is just the face.. there must be something more!

  54. Anonymous says:

    That’s really cool. I didn’t get it at first because I was trying to find a face in the landscape itself. But, that’s a great image.

  55. Anonymous says:

    I see it and wow! That must have taken ages

  56. Anonymous says:

    coool. I see a face, it took me about tens secs to work it out though…

  57. Anonymous says:


  58. its meeeee says:

    OMGOSH THAT IS SOOOO COOL! i saw it right away :]

  59. Michaela says:

    Ohh. I see it! Woah, it’s actually pretty realistic! :) I love illusions! <3

  60. kittytownfluffsa says:

    58th comment peeples!

  61. Wryly says:

    It’s reminiscent of the Channel 4 idents that they run here in the UK, where a camera tracks through a landscape, where impossible objects float almost unnoticed, until the camera reaches a position to reveal a giant ’4′ in the landscape.

  62. Anonymous says:

    o wow.. i agree with everyone..once you see teh face..its really hard to see teh parts for themselves afterwards.

    dam..just thinking of how cuRAzzy the mind works is just….amazing -.-’

  63. Welcome to Tyland™ says:

    You guys are pretty stupid if you can’t see the face.

  64. Anonymous says:

    “Halo forge, i heard of that. that is that Garry’s mod rip off, right?”

    what? no, the forge is a gametype on halo 3

    no mod

    cool photo

  65. Anonymous says:

    yeah it took me a minute to see it- but it is there- pretty cool- not great though

  66. Anonymous says:

    right fot the peple who cant see it…

    bluh ur eyes and look at the junk in the middle. the face should look like its facing flat on the screen instead of on the ground

  67. Anonymous says:

    Wow. Veary well done.

  68. Anonymous says:

    well dudes the metal stuff try 2 get together and u will get a face of the artist thats it -.-

  69. Anonymous says:

    It’s in the metal scraps

  70. AT LAST! IVE SEEN IT!! : ) says:


  71. 20-20 Vishon says:

    Its a face looking left!

    U cant see it!14 seconds I fond it!

    I have 20-20 vishon!

  72. Anonymous says:

    ohh i get it
    i thought the face would be in the whole picture
    but if you still don’t see it
    just look at the metal objects and try to get a face outta that

  73. Anonymous says:

    The metal makes out the face if you look carefully.

  74. Anonymous says:

    the ace is made from the metal things in the desert thts me just saw it lol

  75. Lexi says:

    aha, this was pretty eays, it looks like a giant haed floating ina desert! :L

    Dont look at each scatered object individually, all of them as a whole. as if they werent multiple objects but one whole object

  76. i_love_shinythings says:

    I looked at it for like 5 mintues and read like 50 comments before i figured it out and then i was like OH I GET IT! haha

  77. A place for my alter egos. says:

    Yea I didn’t see it at first either for anyone else that stumbles across this page and does in fact read this comment.

    It is suppose to be a three dimensional face looking at you the tower is the lower left jaw bone.

  78. manga girl says:

    All I an see is a flowting head…Is that all I am meant to see? Pretty crap if you ask me! :P
    Btw stop saying your the first to leave a comment coz you are not.

  79. Anonymous says:

    omg so cool

  80. Anonymous says:

    The metal things are scaterred in the shape of a face

  81. theunkown says:

    whoa i can see 2 optical illusions
    a face in the middle and a dirty woman
    this woman appears to be in the right side of the page
    she is kneeling on the floor and her but is showing

  82. Dale Alberto says:

    i see 2 optical illusions
    a face in the middle and a dirty woman
    she appears to be kneeling on the floor with her but sticking out
    she is a woman in this pic
    she is found in the right side of the page
    i found 2 illusions first…. yeah!!! first time ever…

  83. Uber Shwagger says:


  84. Delenn Deszcz says:


  85. Rob says:

    This is a cool, clever picture. hey check this lecture out. Dont know if you ever heard led zepplin’s stairway to heave backwards. It shows how crazy brains perceive things

  86. des says:

    very awesome, can’t wait longer to see anothers

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