Poetically Sweet & Spooky Stuff


While we do a lot of skull illusions, few seem as romantic and touching as these three. In fact, Vurdlak already posted one by artist Karl Kwasny, who did the first and last ones in this post. I have to admit, I am attracted to Kwasny’s art for the very same reason Vurdlak is – the clean lines with sweet imagery make them hard to ignore, especially when paired with a spooky poem, like the one accompanying Karl’s Sisters illusion:

You’d better watch your footing
as the ground’s like thickened cream
there’s an awful secret
waiting down beside the stream

This next illusion was done by DeviantArt user MelloLover. While it might not come with a lovely poem like the one above, the artwork itself, adorned with the title Some of Us Change is simply beautiful. Everything about this work seems to invoke a story of dying love and a heartache…

Lastly, another impressive work by Karl Kwasny, even though not having a poem attached to it, is still beautiful and tragic as it shows the two boys kids back to back against a full moon.

Update: Thanks to everyone who pointed out the one on the left is a girl, I should have caught that and didn’t. My apologies for the mistake.

What do you guys think? Do these works make you feel for lost loves and deceased loved ones? Or are they too sugary-sweet and tragic to swallow?

  • On the last picture, you mention two boys back to back. I think the left one is a girl from the bloused sleeve. Great illusions, though!

    • Diane Wooden

      First wow amazing! i love the creativity in this very detailed and clear meanings in the deaths I think the last one is a set of twins that died fraternal twins. The second one was magnificent I could see the pain in the guy as i assume he was the onebeing rejected but could be the girl who is calm and he is in pain of the seperation of death to come on her. The first one is my favorite though with the two girl sisters. You still see the skull at first then you see the beauty they were close and young it seems and thats how they died…

  • The last one isn’t two boys. The one on the left is a girl with short hair. Just look at her body.

  • Scott

    One of your two “boys” is obviously a girl. I guess you’ve been fooled by studying illusions too long.

  • Christian T

    Skulls are very commonly used in illusions. I find this very odd…

    First to comment again :3 XD

  • owen

    1st comment. cool but used to it.

  • Linda

    Ok, the first one looks like someone is peeking in on her. The second seems like the couple are up to no good and the last looks more like twins than any “couple”

  • Molly

    I would just like to point out that the last image is of a boy and a girl, the girl being the one on the left, as seen by her build and more feminine clothing.

  • Norm

    These are great! Not too emotional for me, but nice graphics! :-)

  • Debbie

    Thats not too boys, the girl is on the left….notice the bumps on her chest. the right is a boy.

  • brandon

    The last one seems to be of a male and a female, not two males.

  • Robert Hamblett

    Just a small observation, You made a comment ‘two boys back to back’ when one of them is obviously a girl, notice the small bump just above her left forearm and the obviously puffy sleeve sugesting a blouson, hense a girl…. as I say just a small observation

  • Care Bear

    I love these. I have an entire folder on my computer devoted to skull illusions. I got hooked on “Vanity” and have been fascinated ever since.

  • anonimo

    very cool!
    i like the last one

  • Autumne

    in the last one i think that person on the left is a girl because it looks like there are boobs.

  • Nelson

    The last one isn’t two BOYS…it is clearly a boy (r) and girl (l).

  • Julien2512

    OK, they works fine for me !

  • Beva

    Oh I love them!

  • Terry

    I think the last picture is a boy & girl, (well the one on the left has “bumps” in her jumper!! )

  • owen

    by cool i mean the picture,not the 1st comment

  • Andrew

    this makes me sad.

  • Jasmine

    The bottom pic is of a guy and a girl not two boys. That is all :)

  • Petere

    3rd. Skull is not 2 boys, it is a boy and a girl

    • Peter

      3rd. illusion is not about (2) two boys, it is about a girl and a boy

  • Sophia

    The last illusion isn’t two guys. It’s a girl and a guy. Just sayin.

  • eee efff geee

    Aw I love them all :)

  • Rachel L C

    In that last picture, the figure on the left is in fact a girl, not a boy. Notice her “figure” and her style of shirt. Also, her face has softer angles. Sorry, it just bothers me when girls are mistaken for guys simply because they have short hair.
    But anyways, I really rather like these three pictures, especially the media chosen and the artists personal style, as well as the monochromatic palate. I particularly like the subtle use of shades and shapes in the second image.

  • Mickie

    In the last photo, the caption says “two boys back to back” but if you look closer, the figure on the left is a girl. The puff sleeve and bustline profile are “dead” givaways. No pun intended.

  • prathyusha tati

    the way we think ……is the we look

  • Julie

    That is a girl on the left in the last one you refer to as two boys back to back, unless he has gynecomastia.

  • donstar

    #3 is not 2 boys look agien

  • Kurstie

    i’m pretty sure in the last one it’s a girl first then a boy, back to back

  • tashi

    1st cmmnt!
    this illusion is again 1 of d best 1’s..

  • KMR

    I like the FIRST! one the best.

  • the last one, the left one is a girl

  • I’m sorry, but I think that the last illusion, the one with the two “boys” in it, one of them is a girl. The person on the left is the girl I think.

  • Jenny

    As clean and simple the image that Karl Kwasny did is, I am still impartial to his work. Sometimes his poems are good and sometimes the artwork is, but finding both a good poem matched with a good image is…well, I have not found one quite yet. I always feel like his image is lacking just a little more or his poem is, but all that is just my personal opinion.

    On another note, the second image by MelloLover is done in quite an interesting style. I thoroughly enjoy looking at it, but the title feels disconnected from the image. How does changing equal to submerging half of oneself in water? I know the image is trying to tell a story, but no matter what the story is, I cannot get “some of us change” from it…

    Kudos to skull illusions nonetheless~ It will never be an overused image. =)

  • karen

    They are wonderful illusions. The Kawasny illusion was incorrectly explained as two boys being back to back though. The person on the left is female.

  • Marjorie Stewart

    They aren’t 2 boys!! The one on the left is a girl – notice she has breasts.

    I really enjoy your illusions.

  • Nospig

    it just gos to show if one wants to see if your work is being looked at….make a deliberate mistake.

  • SLuG

    I especially like the 1st 2


    Wicked, blur your vision and the skulls pops out!!!

  • diadiablo

    The second one looks like a girl on the left, male on the right with his or their hands around a third possibly younger male. A little creepy or at least definitely dark.

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