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By on April 15, 2012, with 23 Comments

Most of you have probably heard of Edgar Allan Poe. It’s more than likely you have read his narrative poem titled “The Raven” at some point in your life. As a reminder, the poem tells of a talking raven’s mysterious visit to a distraught lover, tracing the man’s slow descent into madness. I won’t go into much detail, but be sure to pick a copy and re-read it if it’s been a while. Dunno why, but today’s anamorphic painting created by a talented artist, Ari Seppä, somehow reminded me of Edgar Allan Poe and his writings. Seen from a distance it appears as if the gigantic bird has just flown into Ari’s office, but seen from up-close – the illusion vanishes. Still, the raven remains as magnificent as it originally appeared. Be sure to check “the making of..” video here. BTW, this reminds me I need to buy myself a good hard-printed copy of Edgar Allan Poe’s opus…

The Raven Optical Illusion

The Raven Optical Illusion


23 Responses
  1. PromiseMe says:


  2. breandan says:

    This is cool, thank you, I really like this one.

  3. merrick says:

    Why’d they ruin it with the red blocks?

  4. Don says:

    It looks great except for the bottom block. The artist should have tilted it downward, so the corner line looked like a side edge, instead of breaking up a side.

  5. Josue Boo says:

    Too cool!!

  6. DCav says:

    LAME….VERY LAME. Just looks like a horrible tattoo.

  7. Susan says:

    Fantastic image. Looks great from lots of angles. Even when looking closely from the side, the red blocks appear 3D.

  8. Jared says:

    I like the video.. It shows the painting from all angles

  9. Lil Miss Efron says:

    Fake and gay.

    LOL sorry, a troll stole my computer.

  10. Sakura says:

    The red blocks makes it look 3D. It’s awesome!

  11. awesome kid says:

    cool I really like it! thanks this picture just made my day a lot better!
    p.s 4th comment

  12. Anne A Morfick says:

    Would be cool to see from a non illusion angle

    Those views always intrigue me more when can be seen from many views

  13. amold says:

    Since this is an actual concave picture that appears convex, I was wondering if panning the painting will give the “dragon illusion” effect.

  14. tigue says:

    who has made this, is my godfather, so I’m pretty excited about this! :-)

  15. Donna says:

    It never disappeared for me. I looked at it from 3 feet away, coming forward till my nose touched monitor and no change except got closer

  16. Prashant says:

    I really like this art… I wanna learn this art:D:D:D…tell me please..where I can learn this?? :(

  17. Lisa says:

    I like the idea of this however if the blocks are needed to reinforce the 3D illusion perhaps they wouldn’t look so out of place if it was painted to look like pieces of broken wall. Then it would show movement and perhaps come alive a bit more. :)

  18. Someone says:

    I only heard of it from Treehouse of Horror I.

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