Posts Tagged ‘optical illusion’

Incredible Body Paintings By Gesine Marwedel Transform People Into Animals And Organs

July 18th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Gesine Marwedel is a brilliant body painting artist based in Germany who creates both beautiful and terrifying pieces of art right on the models who serve as her living canvases.

Marwedel is a master of painting on and with the human form – she can either emphasize it to work with her painting, or eliminate it to let her painting shine through. In both cases, she creates beautiful art that melds together with the people it’s painted on.

These aren’t just pretty pictures – Marwedel also believes in the therapeutic qualities of art. She has even published a book exploring how body painting can be used as therapy.

More info: gesine-marwedel.de | Facebook

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Incredible Body Paintings By Gesine Marwedel Transform People Into Animals And Organs originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 18, 2014.

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Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Images By Dudi Ben Simon

July 14th, 2014 by Julija | No Comments | Filed in Design

A while ago we wrote about an Australian designer who turns everyday objects into playful images, and now we would like to introduce you to Dudi Ben Simon, a creative director from Tel Aviv, who does something similar. Dudi creates fun optical illusions by cleverly blending two unrelated objects into one visually recognizable piece:

“Since studying history of art at school I was fascinated with what can be made by using objects and daily pieces when they are disconnected from their original use,” he explains on Instagram.

The idea started with a picture of bowls looking like a sleeve: “while sitting on the couch, I saw a pile of bowls on the counter; it looked to me like a sleeve, the next day I took a picture of it”, says Dudi.

More info: Instagram (h/t: lustik)

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Everyday Objects Turned Into Clever Images By Dudi Ben Simon originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 14, 2014.

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Mind-Bending Illusion Makes A Pile Of Trash Look Like A Portrait

July 8th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

What may look like a portrait of a man at first glance, is actually a pile of trash precisely put together to deceive the viewer.

Bernard Pras is the artist who used forced perspective to create this impressive optical illusion. The portrait made out of everyday objects depicts Ferdinand Cheval, a French postman, who’s well-known for spending 33 years building Le Palais Idéal in France.

The longer you follow the camera man in the video, the more this installation looks perplexing.

h/t:  imgur

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Mind-Bending Illusion Makes A Pile Of Trash Look Like A Portrait originally appeared on Bored Panda on July 8, 2014.

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22 Stunning Examples Of Animal Body Art

June 12th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Many people feel an especially close connection with our animal brethren, which is probably a big part of why we find animal body art like this so appealing – these models, and the artists who paint on them, create a figurative representation of the relationship we share with all life.

There are all sorts of things that body artists can draw on their human canvases, but organic animal forms seem to match best with the shapes of our own bodies. Through these artists’ masterful illusions, the elegant curves of the models in these photos can become the arch of a giraffe’s back, the smooth and sleek flank of a tropical fish, or the nose of a wild tiger.

(h/t: mymodernmet)

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22 Stunning Examples Of Animal Body Art originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 12, 2014.

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25 Photos Of Shadows That Tell A Different Story

June 5th, 2014 by Skirmant? | No Comments | Filed in Design

Photography is all about the relationship between light and perspective, and nowhere is this made clearer than in these hilarious two-faced photos, where the subjects and the shadows that they cast tell two (often very different) stories.

With just the right perspective and just the right light at just the right time, one can easily create funny, mysterious or powerful photographs. With a good sense of perspective and an observant take on the world around you, you too can come up with some hilarious or artistic shadow photos. If you do, be sure to share them with us at the bottom of this post!

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25 Photos Of Shadows That Tell A Different Story originally appeared on Bored Panda on June 5, 2014.

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Japanese Artist Creates Incredible Stone Sculptures That Defy The Laws Of Physics

May 16th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

We’ve seen a lot of realistic and surreal artwork at Bored Panda, but Hirotoshi Ito’s bizarre and mind-bending stone sculptures really threw us for a loop. In his masterful hands, common rocks become strange, unsettling and humorous creations that will make you look twice.

Surprisingly, it all starts in a riverbed in Ito’s neighborhood, where he picks up the small rocks he works with. Although most of us consider stone to be a cold, hard and unforgiving material, Ito says that he would like to show other its potential to express warmth and humor.

“Although I work with various kinds of stones,” explains the artist, “most of my work consists of optimizing a stone’s original shape.” Many of these optimizations consist of juxtaposing a stone’s raw, natural surface with the painstaking modifications he makes to them to give them life. The finishing touch in many of these also involves some sort of additional little piece that completes the illusion, like string or even a sardine can top.
Ito’s clever and masterful workmanship with a material as unforgiving as stone reminded us of Alex Seton, an artist who created astoundingly realistic clothing from solid marble. Take a look!

More info: Website | Flickr | DeviantArt (h/t: inhabitat)

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Japanese Artist Creates Incredible Stone Sculptures That Defy The Laws Of Physics originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 16, 2014.

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17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World

May 5th, 2014 by Lina | No Comments | Filed in Design

Street art is gradually coming to be accepted as a legitimate and wonderful art form by more and more people, but that doesn’t mean that street artists can rest on their laurels – they continue exploring with new ways to exploit public surfaces and cover them in beautiful art. This post is all about street artists and regular people who have decorated something that most of us probably wouldn’t think of decorating – public outdoor steps.

Much like the hidden street art of Zebrating, most of these pieces can only truly be appreciated when viewed from a certain vantage point. They may seem like random splashes of paint to someone actually climbing those steps, but someone looking at them from below will see the artist’s full vision. If they’re long enough, someone ascending the steps will see the image and see how it stretches and twists as they approach it. Of course, not all of them have to form images – some are simply colorful decorations that make the neighbourhood a more uplifting place.

Quite a few of these pieces were born out of community efforts, which also shows a growing worldwide acceptance of street art. When the Rainbow steps in Turkey were first painted over by the local government, nearby communities responded by painting their own steps as well in solidarity. The mosaic steps in San Francisco were created by more than 300 local people under the careful guidance of a couple of artists.

Are there any similar steps in your city that are worth sharing? If not, hopefully these images will inspire you to get your community together and paint your steps together!

1. 16th Avenue Tiled Steps, San Francisco

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2. Valparaíso, Chile

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3.  Philadelphia Museum of Art

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4. Valparaíso, Chile

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5. Seoul, South Korea

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6. Wuppertal, Germany

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7. Sicily, Italy

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8. Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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9. Beirut, Lebanon

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10. Stairs to the musical theater in Seoul, South Korea

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Image credits: Kimhwan SEOULIST

11. Stairs of Peace in Syria

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Image credits: Jood Voluntary Team

12. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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13. Angers, France

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14. Istanbul, Turkey

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15. Morlaix, France

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16. Tehran, Iran

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Image credits: farsizaban.tumblr.com (thank you Lijne Kreupeling for the suggestion!)

17. Beirut, Lebanon

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Image credits: Dihzahyners Project

17 Of The Most Beautiful Steps Around The World originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 5, 2014.

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Mind-Bending 3D Beach Art By NZ Artist Jamie Harkins

May 2nd, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Public sand art on beautiful beaches has been done before by many (see here and here), but we’ve never seen anything quite like this before! Jamie Harkins, a talented artist and musician from New Zealand, has been keeping busy creating fun optical illusions and 3D images on beaches that keep passers-by bewildered and delighted.

Harkins employs the same trick of perspective that sidewalk chalk artists employ when they fool us into thinking that their 2D illustrations are actually 3D. It’s called anamorphosis, and it requires that the viewer observe the art from a certain perspective for its illusion to work. Harkins’ art would appear like meaningless lines to people on the beach, but viewed from afar, they transform into sailboats, docks, steps, or other artistic images from Harkins’ wild imagination. He adds an excellent, mind-bending touch by getting people to pose within his images, further blurring the line between reality and illusion.

Harkins explained the motivation behind his artwork in an interview with The New Zealand Herald: “We’ve seen other people doing stuff on beaches, but it’s always been geometric, flat shapes, like a pattern, so we thought we’d get into the whole 3D thing. And I kind of like the fact that it disappears at the end of the day when the tide comes in. It makes it impermanent.

Source: Facebook (via: twistedsifter)

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Mind-Bending 3D Beach Art By NZ Artist Jamie Harkins originally appeared on Bored Panda on May 2, 2014.

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This Parrot Is Actually A Human Being!

March 20th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

Johannes Stoetter, the talented artist whom we previously wrote about here, is back at it again with more incredible body art. This time, his colorful and detail-oriented paintbrush has transformed a patient model into a beautiful and bright macaw parrot.

In the images below, Stoetter’s beautiful optical illusion gradually unravels. We see how the model was painstakingly painted to obscure the lines of her body and to melt them together into those of the beautiful parrot she becomes. His art requires not just a good eye for color and painting technique, but the understanding of how to use, incorporate or obscure the model’s original form to achieve his desired effect.

This parrot is only one of Stoetter’s incredible body-painting creations. If you want to see more, check out our other post, or check out his website to order prints!

Source: johannesstoetterart.com (via)

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This Parrot Is Actually A Human Being! originally appeared on Bored Panda on March 20, 2014.

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A Simple Trick Makes These 3D Gifs Pop Out Of The Screen At You

February 17th, 2014 by Dovilas | No Comments | Filed in Design

A new trick has been circulating among gif creators that allows them to create animated images with a convincing 3D aspect.

The trick is simple but deceptive – these gifs’ creators use white lines to split the images into 3 panels. That way, elements of the animated images can “pop” out of the frame in front of the white lines and toward the viewer. The trick works because the white lines establish a clear reference point for the foreground, or “screen,” if you’d like to think of it that way. Once the action in the image seems to pass in front of those white lines, our brain is fooled into thinking that the action has moved out in front of the foreground.

There isn’t any one specific person creating gifs like these. If you’d like to see more, check out the #3d gifs tag on Tumblr, which has submissions from tons of gif creators.

Source: Tumblr (via: mymodernmet)

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A Simple Trick Makes These 3D Gifs Pop Out Of The Screen At You originally appeared on Bored Panda on February 17, 2014.

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