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Standing on top of the world - chalk art

Many of the sidewalk chalk art can only be seen from one angle - the angle that the photographer took the picture. But here, we get a rare view from the side to see the incredible perspective. Quick - before you scroll down the page to see the chalk globe from a different perspective, take a guess at how long the globe would actually have to be in order for the illuion to work!

Julian Beever chalk artist

Next, here is the chalk globe, drawn on the sidewalk by chalk artist Julian Beever, from the side.

sidewalk art globe

Look at that - it's longer than the double decker bus that you see in the background of the picture! Can you imagine the amount of chalk this guy must use on a daily basis? I bet he has a sponsorship from a chalk supply company! I wonder if when he leaves after completing a project like this, if people immediately start walking on the art. Without any ropes to protect people from walking on the area - that and the fact that they are usually on public sidewalks - the drawings most likely don't last that long.

Heh. You know what would be a really great sidewalk chalk optical illusion? What if the bus and car in this picture were painted on the side of a building - and the only thing that is real is the people walking in front of it. It couldn't be that hard to do. In fact, in the next few days we'll be adding some more similar sidewalk chalk drawings.

Why not try your own hand at sidewalk art? Many cities sponsor events for local artists to participate in chalk drawing competitions - and it often goes to charity or a good cause!

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Diamonds appear to be the same shade. But they're not!

Same Shade Diamonds

Wow! It will look like the diamonds on the top are much darker than the diamonds on the bottom.

Perfect and printable! This is a very strong optical illusion, and is even noticeable in the small image to the left. Doesn't it look like the top row is considerably darker than each successive row?

moving red spiral

Moving Red Spiral
Sometimes, while I'm just playing around in Photoshop, something appears, as if by magic. This illusion was one of those that just jumps off the page.

It's a large red spiral on a purple background that appears to jump and move. Works better for some people than others, but if you like the moving illusions, you'll love it! Although this small image might move a bit as you read these words, the larger versions are even better!

» Moving spiral image...

9/13/2011 - Floating Wood Blocks Video
Created these floating wooden blocks and attached them to a globe. Watch the video and see how the blocks follow the camera! Pretty amazing!

You can launch the video on this page, or go to the page that describes it a bit more View the video...

moving backgrounds

Moving Backgrounds

It moves! You must zoom in to get the full illusion. You'll see the rings rotate, even though they are not moving at all.

We've created several sizes so you can use as your desktop background.


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