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This Parrot Is Actually A Human Being!

By • Mar 20th, 2014 • Category: Art, Body Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions

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 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Video

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 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Sculpting

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.

33 More Perfectly Timed Photos

By • Jan 13th, 2014 • Category: Funny, Latest Posts, Photography

With all the cameras and smartphones out there, it’s no surprise that, once in a while, someone captures a truly bizarre once-in-a-lifetime photo. Whatever you want to call them – forced perspectives, optical illusions or pictures taken at just the right angle – these pictures are brilliant and hilarious because they totally twist your perception of what is real. They’ve captured just the right split-second moment and from just the right angle to fool your brain.

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

By • Jan 3rd, 2014 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions

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 • Category: Art, Drawing, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions

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.

@FacesPics: Twitter Account Dedicated to Seeing Hidden Faces In Everyday Things

By • Nov 29th, 2013 • Category: Funny, Latest Posts

There is now a Twitter account called @FacesPics dedicated to just that – pictures of random stuff that looks like it has a face. Seeing faces in random objects is called pareidolia, a term for giving random or unrelated stimuli (mostly vision or sound) meaning. Many theorize that pareidolia is a hard-wired mental feature that has helped us quickly recognize and identify human faces and make sense of the world around us. Judging by these pics, all it really takes is two eyes and a mouth to make a face.

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

By • Nov 13th, 2013 • Category: Animals, Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Painting

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 • Category: Advertising, Art, Branding, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Video

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 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Photography

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 • Category: Art, Latest Posts, Optical Illusions, Video

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.

Giant Anteater’s Legs Look Like Pandas

By • Aug 20th, 2013 • Category: Animals, Latest Posts, Weird

What looks like a weirdly crooked panda sniffing the ground, is actually… a leg of a giant anteater! Look closer, and you’ll see its thin snout, tiny eye and one ear right above an astonishing panda-like leg. The illusion is caused by the colors of the anteater’s fur, as its black and white coat forms what looks like panda’s eyes, ears and a nose.