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Prepare to Be Amazed: Is That a Rubik’s Cube or a Drawing?

From the correct angle, you'd swear that these are three-dimensional objects

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Image: Brussup

First, watch this video:

What Brusspup has done here is draw some “anamorphic illusions.” They’re drawings that look three dimensional from the right angle. He writes, in the YouTube description:

These are so simple but always so amazing to see.

I did 3 anamorphic illusions. Rubiks cube, a roll of tape and a shoe. Which one is your favorite? I like the shoe the best.

Oh and lets not for the kitty cat. Hyder thought she was anamorphic for a bit there.

Here are the images for each one, so you can print them and play with them yourself:

Rubiks – http://i.imgur.com/ffAnX.jpg

Tape – http://i.imgur.com/GUU2b.jpg

Shoe – http://i.imgur.com/J8VNL.jpg

Anamorphic illustration can also be used in architecture, to create an image down a hallway, that then bends and warps from other angles. Other artists use the anamorphic propreties to have images emerge on objects, like this illusion:

More from Smithsonian.com:

Picture of the Week—Optical Illusion
Did the Titanic Sink Because of an Optical Illusion?

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Rose Eveleth

Rose Eveleth is a writer for Smart News and a producer/designer/ science writer/ animator based in Brooklyn. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Scientific American, Story Collider, TED-Ed and OnEarth.

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