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This Parrot Is Actually A Human Being!

By • Mar 20th, 2014

Johannes Stoetter, the talented artist whom we previously wrote about on Bored Panda, 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.

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

By • Feb 17th, 2014

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.

How Randall Rosenthal Turned Some Wood Into A Box Full Of Cash

By • Jan 15th, 2014

Randall Rosenthal, a wood sculptor from New York, has become a modern master of an art form probably about as old as we are. What seems like a cardboard box full of cash is actually a wooden sculpture called “Cold Hard Cash” carved by Rosenthal out of a single (glued-together) block of wood. Between his amazing cardboard box piece and all the other paper mimicry that he does, there’s a lot to be impressed about.

Mind-Bending Hovering Tree Illusion by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu in Potsdam, Germany

By • Jan 3rd, 2014

Graphic designer Daniel Siering and art director Mario Schuster recently threw an illusion bomb on a casual rural area in Potsdam, Germany. The two co-workers at ART-EFX wrapped a part of a trunk with foil and covered it with spray paint, masterfully mimicing the surrounding behind the tree.

New 3D Pencil Drawings by Ramon Bruin

By • Dec 13th, 2013

Ramon Bruin (previously written about here and here) keeps on astonishing us with his realistic 3D pictures. We’d like to show you some of the latest drawings of our favorite Dutch artist. In this highly talented man’s hands, a sheet of white paper and a regular pencil become powerful tools used to play tricks on our eyes. It’s amazing how various animals and insects come to life through Bruin’s optical illusions.

Incredible Life-Like Octopus Painted in Layers of Resin by Keng Lye

By • Nov 13th, 2013

Singaporean artist Keng Lye has combined beauty and illusion in a masterful way in this amazing work depicting a small octopus in a bowl. The photos look incredibly life-like, as if it’s a real, squirming, writhing octopus. Keng Lye achieves this beautiful effect by painting delicate paintings onto layer upon layer of crystal-clear resin. As the layers, and the painting, grow, the octopus gains depth and appears to be partially submerged.

Mind-Bending Ad Uses Anamorphic Illusions & Forced Perspective To Fry Your Brain

By • Oct 28th, 2013

Honda has created an amazing and mind-bending advertisement for their CR-V using anamorphic optical illusions and forced perspective. Taking a page from the Rayban sunglasses ad, they create a series of optical illusions involving their vehicle that will make you double-take and question what you’re seeing. By forcing your mind to accept a certain perspective, they are able to create seemingly impossible situations – without the use of CGI!

Artist Uses Perspective, Miniature Car Models And A $250 Camera To Create Realistic Historical Photos

By • Oct 17th, 2013

Michael Paul Smith is the perfect example of an artist with a passion for what he does. For the last 25 years, he has spent some of his spare and much of his professional time making miniature models and photographing them, creating a gallery of vintage car photographs from a fictional 1950s American town called Elgin Park.

This Trippy Video Will Give You Natural Optical Hallucinations

By • Oct 11th, 2013

This trippy video from ScienceForum has been tested and approved by Bored Panda staff as a way to experience mild hallucinogenic effects. If you watch the video and follow the instructions, you should experience visual waves and distortions for anywhere from 1-5 minutes. The repetitive patterns in the video create recurring psychological stimulation that continues after the video has stopped.

3D Pencil Drawings by Alessandro Diddi

By • Jul 15th, 2013

Italian illustrator Alessandro Diddi erases the line between fiction and reality and makes his 3D drawings leap out of the sheet of paper. Besides light and shadow effects, Alessandro also uses various props, his own hands and even the very pencil he draws with to make his anamorphic drawings come alive when viewed from a certain angle.

This Photo Mosaic is Actually a Single Photograph!

By • Jun 26th, 2013

This colorful picture by Bela Borsodi may look like a photo mosaic made of 4 separate images, but it’s actually a single photograph! The effect was achieved by cleverly using item edges and sorting everything by color. The amazing illusion was created for the album “Terrain” by VLP.

More 3D Pencil Drawings by Ramon Bruin

By • Jun 18th, 2013

Do you remember Ramon Bruin and his incredible 3d pencil art we wrote about last year? A mostly self-taught artist from the Netherlands keeps developing his anamorphic techniques and now has a whole bunch of new 3D optical illusions.