Trompe l’oeil artist John Pugh creates large scale murals giving the illusion of a three-dimensional scene behind the wall. “I have found that the ‘language’ of life-size illusions allow me to communicate with a very large audience. It seems almost universal that people take delight in being visually tricked.” His particular mural style sparked the term “Narrative Illusionism” and his paintings can be seen all over the world.
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.
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 .
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.