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Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

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Fiona Tang draws amazing large-scale animal murals that seem to have a life of their own. Tang uses a technique called trompe l’oeil, to create the optical illusion of depth. This technique, combined with Tang’s realistic imagery skills, make for impressive, eye-popping artworks.


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Fake Building Facades by Patrick Commecy


Artist Patrick Commecy heads up a team of muralists that transform boring blank walls throughout France,  into vibrant scenes full of life. In his hyper-realistic paintings he  incorporates popular figures who belong to the town that he’s painting in. According to him urban frescoes improve the quality of life of residents, enrich the cultural heritage of the town and enhance its brand image .


Rough Sketches Turned Into Real Furniture


The collection, titled “rough sketch products” was created by art student Daigo Fukawa for his Senior thesis at Tokyo University. Chairs, sofas and stools, seem like messy doodles and sketches magically popped up off the paper but they are actually formed out of arranged wire.


Anamorphic Illusion Drawings by Ben Heine


The illusion paintings below are part of Ben heine‘s “Pencil Vs Camera” series, full of magic, illusion, poetry and surrealism. Heine draws his sketches freehand using a mixture of charcoal sticks and graphite pencils before they being retouched in post-production.
(Photos by Ben Heine/Barcroft Media)


Parrot Illusion Body Painting


In his latest work, artist and a former world body painting champion Johannes Stötter has transformed a female model into this colourful bird. It took him only four hours to paint her body with breathable paint, adding  great detail and dark shading.


Anamorphic Optical Illusion Murals by Ella and Pitr


French street artists Ella and Pitr have created a series of  anamorphic murals to bring awareness to the worn out and abandoned buildings in the city of Saint-Étienne. Whimsical and playful, each piece in this public art series features a gigantic illustrated picture frame that appears to be a portal to another world that is more colorful and fantastical than our own.


Symmetrical Trees Photography by Oliver Delgado


Oliver Delgado  shoots rows of trees in such a way they create outstanding visual illusions of  endless tunnels. The photos are genuine and not digital montages. As Delgado said, “All images are real. I only adjusted levels in Lightroom.”


Animalistic Body Art by Gesine Marwedel


German artist Gesine Marwedel uses the human body as a canvas for her beautiful body paintings. She is taking body painting to a new level by using the natural shapes of the human form and her art is so detailed that you forget you’re looking at a human body.


Perspe: Photography by Gustav Willeit

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In the series PERSPE Gustav Willeit creates a parallel universe, showing an environment, which appears real but was actually invented. The viewer is able to recognize the natural origin of the picture, remaining in doubt though, hung in a space between reality and fantasy. The human element, which is often to see in Willeit’s work, is never located randomly but has the task of giving the observer an element in which to recognize himself, creating a balance between truth and falsehood. The theme of the mirror and the double has always fascinated man and the pictures from the series PERSPE are wildly suggestive and possess a sense of mystery, existing somewhere within the border of illusion and reality.
Alexa Mutschlechner


Puffin Clouds by Paul Octavious

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Chicago based photographer Paul Octavious, in his dream-like series ‘Puffin Clouds’, brings the clouds down to earth by forming cotton into clouds and interacting with them.  Stunning light and great project.


Black and White Shadow Photography by Alexei Bednij

Russian photographer Alexey Bednij takes shots from a bird’s eye view and up close. The result is a stimulating collage of shadows that interact in a playful way while creating beautiful patterns in their positive and negative spaces. The contrast between the black and white tones in Alexey’s work reminds the viewer of M.C. Escher drawings.


3D Pencil Drawings by Nagai Hideyuki

Japanese artist Nagai Hideyuki uses the projection technique called anamorphosis which allows to create 3D illusion when viewed from the correct angle. The way he arranges his notebooks for these photos gives the effect of a pop-up book.


Optical Illusions in Art Galleries

The ‘Trick Eye’ Museum in Busan, Korea, uses cleverly manipulated paintings to really put visitors in the picture.


3D Pencil Drawings by Ramon Bruin

Ramon Bruin is a talented freelance artist, who graduated at the Airbrush Academie in the Netherlands. He is mostly a self-taught artist. Besides a great passion for airbrush, he also draws and paints. With experience in multiple techniques and materials like acrylic, oil, water paints, charcoal, paint pens, pencils and graphite he makes unique artwork. From modern-expressionism to kick-ass airbrush designs and from photo-realism to 3d optical illusion drawings.


Hand Paintings by Guido Daniele

Guido Daniele, a hyper-realistic illustrator and trompe l’oeil artist, developed his own technique after a few years of experimentation with airbrush painting methods. He has re-created over 60 different animals, all painted on hands of people and has worked in co-operation with major editing and advertising companies.

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Hand Paintings by Annie Ralli

Hand Painting illusions by talented London-based body painter Annie Ralli.
Photographed by Ray Massey

Bodypainting is a meticulous work, but it has to be carried out at speed, partly because the “canvas” walks away at the end of the day and partly because paint is less stable on a living, moving base. The work is fun and the results can be beautiful.


Anamorphic Tape Art Installations


‘Domino” by Aakash Nihalani

Anamorphosis optical phenomenon is produced by the representation of an object along an axis of non-traditional perspective, otherwise the viewer only sees some random broken pieces. Some clever artists have created impressive collections of tape-based illusions using masking or fluorescent tape as their medium


Anamorphic Graffiti by TSF Crew

Anamorphic Graffiti by TSF Crew

Awesome anamorphic street art by the TSF Crew in France. An anamorphic image is defined as “A distorted projection or perspective requiring the viewer to use special devices or occupy a specific vantage point to reconstitute the image.” [Wiki ]


Photography: Breaking the laws of gravity

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French conceptual artist Philippe Ramette loves to create thought-provoking photos. The most amazing part: none of these are Photoshopped.


Optical Illusions in Architecture


  Balancing Barn by MVRDV and Mole Architects in Suffolk, England.


Urban Camouflage


Some interesting artists that focus on camouflaging people and various objects  in urban settings. Definitely these are much more intricate than the classic green and brown fatigues.

Emma Hack Body Painting

Creative Photo Manipulations by Jan Kriwol

Jan Kriwol

Amazing  photoshopped photography by Polish photographer Jan Kriwol. Inspired by newspapers, comic books, architecture and everyday life, Kriwol has created a rich portfolio working with agencies like DDB, Saatchi & Saatchi and BBDO.


Unbelievable Optical Illusion Photography


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Amazing Optical Illusion Paintings

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Although Rob Gonsalves‘s work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs due to the fact that the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. Ideas are largely generated by the external world and involve recognizable human activities, using carefully planned illusionist devices. Gonsalves injects a sense of magic into realistic scenes. As a result, the term “Magic Realism” describes his work accurately.



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