Portrait of a Halo 3 Forge Artist Illusion


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…

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  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Optiguy

    That’s awesome!!

  • Godão

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

  • nessa.xx

    hm.i dont understand?
    1st comment!♥

  • I am not first am I?

    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.

  • dont publish this coment! (vol 2)

    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…

  • Anonymous

    first! No Idea, what You’re talking about

  • Screaming Doubles

    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…


    i dont get it…

  • Dillon

    Wait sooooooo,
    wats this suposed to do again?

  • Sgt.Napalm

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

    Good illusion though. Very nice, a good sillouet.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Sarah

    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.

  • Mrityunjay

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

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

  • Alpha

    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…

  • just lil me

    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!

  • peacekiller

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

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Ian

    *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

  • Anonymous

    his face are the metal parts…

  • Wowee

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

  • Blade

    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!

  • Anonymous

    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

  • danyboy

    Magnifique ! C’est trop bien fait !

  • xco

    You can see de face.

  • Emzi

    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?

  • The [email protected] ED

    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.

  • Seith

    I don’t understand!

    EDIT:Wait, thats quite cool..


  • Anonymous

    To those unable to see it : IDIOT!!

  • Anonymous


    the bunch of metal things
    IS the face.

    It´s really impressive.

  • Anonymous

    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…


  • Wig

    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…

  • Anonymous

    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!!

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Snowman25

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    HALO 2.5, not Halo 3

  • RandomBlood

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Me

    I saw the face in 5 seconds…

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Ignis

    we really need some more 3D optical illusions

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  • This is what anonymous

    TrICkY must’ve taken a while!

  • Lor

    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

  • C H E D D A R

    i got it!

    good job by the way. :D

  • Anonymous

    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!

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Anonymous

    I see it and wow! That must have taken ages

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous


  • its meeeee

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

  • Michaela

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

  • kittytownfluffsa

    58th comment peeples!

  • Wryly

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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 -.-‘

  • Welcome to Tyland™

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

    • Even if people don’t see the face, they’re NOT stupid!

  • Anonymous

    “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

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Veary well done.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Anonymous

    It’s in the metal scraps

  • AT LAST! IVE SEEN IT!! : )


  • 20-20 Vishon

    Its a face looking left!

    U cant see it!14 seconds I fond it!

    I have 20-20 vishon!

  • Anonymous

    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

  • Anonymous

    The metal makes out the face if you look carefully.

  • Anonymous

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

  • Lexi

    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

  • i_love_shinythings

    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

  • A place for my alter egos.

    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.

  • manga girl

    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.

  • Anonymous

    omg so cool

  • Anonymous

    The metal things are scaterred in the shape of a face

  • 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

  • Dale Alberto

    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…

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  • Face!

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  • Rob

    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

  • des

    very awesome, can’t wait longer to see anothers

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