Try Making Your Own 3D Handprint With This Tutorial

Wondering how you’re going to keep your kids from uttering those utterly painful words “I’m bored” over the holiday break? Fret no more, handimania has come up with a tutorial that will keep them busy and they could even become DIY gifts for the kids to give everyone in your family. This awesome optical illusion looks difficult, but it’s quite simple, as you can see in the video below. Kids will love turning their hand into a 3D marvel and you will love not hearing them whine. It’s a win-win situation.

2D Illustrations Seem to Pop Out of Lined Notebook Pages

It would be easy to mistake these images for three-dimensional bas reliefs, but they’re actually completely flat, two-dimensional drawings. Artist João A. Carvalho (aka J Desenhos) creates convincing illusions where it seems his drawings are popping out of a notebook’s blue-lined page.

Flipping Awesome: Jeep’s New Campaign is Just as Cool Upside Down

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Remember that old lady/ young lady optical illusion back in the day? Well Leo Burnett has created a modern day version featuring adorable animals. With a 180 degree turn, an endearing deer becomes a handsome seal, an Asian elephant becomes a graceful duck, and a majestic giraffe transforms into a playful penguin. The campaign is for Jeep with a tagline “See whatever you want to see.” We’ve done the flipping for you below for each set, so you don’t have to do any acrobatics or computer flipping. If this doesn’t make you want to buy a Jeep, I don’t know what will!

Illusions in the Sand: 3D Beach Art from Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale & David Rendu

Sometimes all you need to create magic are a few sticks, a bit of talent and a beach. Jamie Harkins, Constanza Nightingale and David Rendu, worked in New Zealand under the name ‘3DSD Art,’ making fantastic 3D illusions in the sand using simple tools and a lot of creativity. Their anamorphic drawings feature M.C. Escher like stairways, skate parks, ocean scenes and more – and they are only complete when someone poses on the beach to make the illusion real.

We’ve Got You Covered: People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers

For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive.

Floating Tree Illusion in Germany

Whether you want to call it a rural intervention or illusory street art, this fantastic illusion created by Daniel Siering and Mario Shu is convincing. The duo wrapped a tree in Potsdam, Germany with plastic sheet, then carefully painted the background landscape to create the illusion of a tree cut in half. Here the top of the tree floats, suspended in space – and only a video can break the spell to show us exactly what’s happening.

Polkadots or Stripes? Lenticular Dress Changes Patterns Depending on The Viewer’s Perspective

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Ladies: can’t decide if you want to step outside in stripes or polkadots today? Have no fear because Dutch fashion designer Antoine Peters has created the perfect dress for you – and it has two different faces. His ‘Lenticular Dress‘ changes patterns depending on the viewers perspective. From one side the dress is clearly black and white stripes; from the other black and white polkadots. The design – though extremely striking in its effect, is created using an old fashioned method: pleats.

Paint a Hole in that Wall! German Street Artist “1010” Creates Colorful Street Art Illusions

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Here’s a different take on street art – german artist 1010 is painting convincing, colorfully banded holes in walls. The simple technique looks a lot like the work of a growing number of paper artists who are creating similarly layered artworks, but 1010 is reproducing that 3D technique on the flat. Even though they’re being painted on concrete walls, these pieces look real enough to reach inside and touch some color.

Ukranian Painter Masters the Art of Optical Illusion: Two Paintings in One

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We’ve all seen the classic young lady or old hag optical illusion, but these oil paintings by Oleg Shuplyak are on a whole other level. Famous faces emerge from seemingly normal landscape backgrounds, leaving viewers double taking each piece to fully understand the different perspectives. In some instances the faces are what the eye recognizes first and stepping back, the smaller details that make up the face can be appreciated. Other times the eye is drawn to the landscape and finding the face is more of a challenge.

Felice Varini: Anamorphic Paintings Cover the World

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At first they appear to simply be gigantic swooping shapes painted across buildings around the world… but find the correct focal point and they pop into astounding geometric forms. Swiss artist Felice Varini has been creating these massive pieces since 1979; starting small with room based installations, but later growing to pieces that cover entire villages and require a hike up a mountain to properly appreciate. His anamorphic paintings have impressed a generation of creatives, and continue to be emulated to this day.