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30 Anamorphic Artworks To Boost Your Creativity

30 Anamorphic Artworks To Boost Your Creativity

When you hit a creative roadblock, pushing through can sometimes feel impossible. But rather than throwing in the towel, you help get yourself back in the flow just by doing some simple brain boosting activities.

One of the best things you can do enhance your creativity is to look for inspiration. By staying curious, exploring your interests, and taking what you’ve learned or discovered to brainstorm new ideas, you can open your mind back up to your desired level of creative expression once again.

To help get it flowing, you can try finding inspiration from something like anamorphic art — a form of artwork that makes a piece appear distorted, until you view it through a certain device or from a certain fixed perspective point. A piece’s reflection in a mirror, for example, will reveal its true appearance. Another piece may not look like anything at all until you view it from a top-right angle, where it all comes together.

Here are 30 impressive pieces of anamorphic artworks that will blow you away!

1. This image of a column reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

    On paper, it’s hard to tell what this piece of art is supposed to be. In its reflection on the cylinder, you can see that it is, in fact, a vertical column structure. Credit: István Orosz

    2. “La vache qui rit” reflected onto a cone-shaped mirror.

      You really have to watch this video to see how awesome this is. The completed image you see in the middle is actually a a bird’s eye view of a cone-shaped mirror with its point facing up. The cone mirror uses the reflection of the distorted image around it to display it correctly. Credit: fdecomite

      3. This foot reflected onto a cylinder to complete the body of a person in another piece of art.

        Here, you’ll see one very large image of what turns out to be a foot in its reflection. It fits almost perfectly with the lower body of the person in the other piece. Credit: Imgur

        4. This painting of a sunflower on the ground.

          This painting by Julian Beever shows a sunflower and a structure beside it looking like they’re popping right out of the ground when viewed from a certain angle. Credit: Jorge Jaramillo

          5. This world map reflected onto a coffee cup.

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            Here’s a perfect looking map of the world with all its continents can be viewed in the reflection of the mirror surface of this mug. Credit: fdecomite

            6. This cartoon character hanging off the edge of a piece of paper.

              A slightly folded piece of paper uses both sides to make this cartoon character look 3D, as if you’re looking down on him from a top view perspective point. Credit: HuskMitNavn

              7. This sculpture that appears to be a hand in the reflection of a cylindrical mirror.

                If you thought paintings and sketches looked cool when they were reflected in a mirror, you’ve got to check out some sculptures that create the same effect. The actual sculpture in this photo barely resembles any recognizable object at all, but in its reflection, it all comes together to reveal itself as a human hand. Credit: Jonty Hurwitz

                8. This detailed cartoon drawing reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                  For a lot of people, drawing a regular image is hard enough. Just imagine having to draw something as distorted as this to get its reflection looking just right. Credit: Myrna Hoffman

                  9. This sketch of a seashore, which reveals a hidden portrait in the reflection of a cylindrical mirror.

                    It doesn’t really get much more advanced than this. This is one of István Orosz’s finest works, featuring a detailed sketch of a seashore with a sail and two men. When you place a cylindrical mirror over the sun, its reflection reveals a portrait of Jules Verne. Credit: István Orosz

                    10. This sculpture that reveals its true form as a frog in the reflection of a cylindrical mirror.

                      Here’s another crazy looking sculpture for you. What looks like just a big, long mess of an object is actually a frog. Credit: Jonty Hurwitz

                      11. This portrait of Edgar Allan Poe reflected in a cylindrical mirror from a sketch.

                        If you were impressed by #9, which I’m sure you were, then you’ll find this one pretty incredible too. Here, in another one of Orosz’s sketches, an incredibly accurate portrait of author and poet Edgar Allan Poe appears when you place a cylindrical mirror in the center. Credit: István Orosz

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                        12. This sculpture of a person’s face seen only from a certain angle.

                          Unless you’re standing in just the right place, these hanging sculptural pieces look like nothing. But when you find the right perspective point to view it from, all the hanging pieces come together to form a face. Credit: Jonty Hurwitz

                          13. This portrait of Mother Teresa revealed in the reflection of a cylindrical mirror.

                            This is one piece of anamorphic art that is virtually indistinguishable just by looking at the painting itself. You’d never know it was Mother Teresa unless you saw it properly reflected. Credit: Awtar Singh Virdi

                            14. This street sketch of an alien raking leaves underneath the sidewalk.

                              It’s hard to tell which leaves are real and which have been drawn with chalk in this street art example. The little green alien really does look like he’s holding up the edge of the sidewalk! Credit: David Zinn

                              15. This portrait of a girl reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                In this piece, it’s not terribly difficult to recognize the image of a girl in the flat painting itself — although it looks incredibly warped. On the cylinder, the proportions of the girl look much more appropriate. Credit: Vera Bugatti

                                16. This sketch of clawed fingers jumping out of the paper.

                                  It’s hard to believe that this is a sketch at all. The position of the paper, the cutout pinky figer, and the hand behind the paper make everything look so 3D. Credit: Alessandro Diddi

                                  17. This drawing of an outdoor setting reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                    According to the publisher of this piece by artist William Kentridge, the image was projected onto a table and spun around in circles in a dark room. The table itself looked like it was spinning while the image appeared to fly out from the cylinder. Credit: Nathan Branch

                                    18. This drawing of a clothing iron that appears to be ironing out the sheet of paper it’s been drawn on.

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                                      Here’s a simpler example of anamorphic art — a basic black and white drawing of an iron and one side of the paper crumpled up, creating the illusion that the iron is flattening out the paper. Credit: HuskMitNaven

                                      19. This beautiful painting of a flower garden reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                        Every detail of each flower petal can be clearly seen in the reflection of the cylinder placed in the center of this painting. Credit: Lori Fossum

                                        20. This human finger reflected in a cylindrical mirror from an enormous sketch.

                                          It’s pretty incredible to see just how distorted an artist can make his painting look on paper for it to look perfectly normal in its reflection, from a certain distance with a cylinder of such a specific diameter. Credit: István Orosz

                                          21. This floor painting that seems to reveal a harbor directly beneath it.

                                            In this piece, the artist did an incredible job with painting broken chunks, edges, and cracks from the floor itself to make it look real. A docked ship in a harbor with cargo can be seen through the hole in the floor. Credit: Manfred Stader

                                            22. This street drawing of a creature that appears to be eating an outdoor stone bench.

                                              Now this is pretty amazing. The grass and leaves drawn on the bench blends perfectly with the actual ground behind it. Credit: David Zinn

                                              23. This sketch of a nude woman reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                                From the same artist who created the Mother Teresa piece, this one features an incredibly detailed nude woman that appears so distorted on paper, you’d never be able to identify it without seeing it from the perspective of the cylinder’s reflection. Credit: Awtar Singh Virdi

                                                24. This portrait of Medusa reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                                  Printed on encylopedia text, a lithograph using the chine colle technique can be seen to portray Medusa. The reflection on the cylinder reveal the true persepctive of the artwork. Credit: rocor

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                                                  25. This sketch of a wooden cube frame hanging from a rope.

                                                    Here’s another fantastic piece from the same artist who drew the clawed fingers. With two sides of paper positioned at a right angle along with a small section of a corner cutout, this sketch of a cube frame looks as if you could reach out and grab it. Credit: Alessandro Diddi

                                                    26. This painting of a human eye drawn section by section on a railing.

                                                      Here’s something a little different. You can find railings all over urban places, but rarely do you see such a gorgeous piece of artwork come together and pop out when you look at one from a certain spot. Credit: Zebrating

                                                      27. This sketch of a tree reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                                        On paper, this work of art only looks like a whole lot of lines and squiggles. But in the cylinder, a tree appears with a couple of birds flying above it. Credit: 9gag

                                                        28. This man’s face reflected onto a cylindrical mirror.

                                                          The detail that went into this piece makes it look like a real photo of a man’s face. Of course, it only looks that way in its reflection. Credit: István Orosz

                                                          29. This drawing of Charlie Brown and his round head created by rounding the sheet of paper he was drawn on.

                                                            If you know the popular cartoon character Charlie Brown, then you’ll recognize him here. The roundness of his head is created by curling the sheet of paper. Credit: HuskMitNaven

                                                            30. This work of street art creating the illusion of a massive sinkhole.

                                                              Standing right at the bottom of this piece of street art makes it look like the road has caved in, revealing a waterfall and a deep pool of water beneath it. Credit: Kurt Wenner

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                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

                                                              Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life. To control your thoughts means to influence the way you live your life.

                                                              Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affects your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality)

                                                              I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive, and just a general waste of energy.

                                                              You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

                                                              Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Be someone who can control your thoughts—become the master of your mind.

                                                              When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

                                                              I currently have a few thoughts that are not of my choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

                                                              Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

                                                              Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in control of your thoughts.

                                                              If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

                                                              Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create unhealthy and unproductive thoughts.

                                                              1. The Inner Critic

                                                              This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

                                                              • Other people’s words—many times your parents
                                                              • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples’ expectations
                                                              • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media
                                                              • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

                                                              The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance, and lack of self-love.

                                                              Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is youwhy else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

                                                              2. The Worrier

                                                              This person lives in the future—in the world of “what ifs.”

                                                              The Worrier is motivated by fear, which is often irrational and has no basis. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

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                                                              3. The Reactor or Troublemaker

                                                              This is the one that triggers anger, frustration, and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

                                                              This person can be set off by words or feelings and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

                                                              The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control. He is run by past programming that no longer serves you—if it ever did.

                                                              4. The Sleep Depriver

                                                              This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

                                                              The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

                                                              • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
                                                              • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
                                                              • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity, and generalized anxiety
                                                              • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

                                                              How can you control these squatters?

                                                              How to Master Your Mind

                                                              You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You can control your thoughts, but you must pay attention to them so you can identify “who” is running the show—this will determine which technique you will want to use.

                                                              Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

                                                              There are two ways to control your thoughts:

                                                              • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
                                                              • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

                                                              This second option is what is known as peace of mind.

                                                              The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go-to” thoughts in applicable situations.

                                                              Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

                                                              1. For the Inner Critic

                                                              When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

                                                              You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

                                                              For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

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                                                              You can also have a dialogue with yourself to discredit the ‘voice’ that created the thought—if you know whose voice it is:

                                                              “Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

                                                              If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready.

                                                              This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

                                                              • They rile up the Worrier.
                                                              • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
                                                              • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
                                                              • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
                                                              • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

                                                              Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

                                                              Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

                                                              2. For the Worrier

                                                              Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally, and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

                                                              Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind, and creates anxiety in the body. This may make it more difficult for you to control your thoughts effectively.

                                                              You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

                                                              • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
                                                              • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
                                                              • Muscles tense

                                                              Use the above-stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time, you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

                                                              If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

                                                              Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

                                                              “Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

                                                              Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense. Both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

                                                              If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

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                                                              Now, take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like! Do it until you feel that you’re close to being in control of your thoughts.

                                                              Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

                                                              For example: If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

                                                              “I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place.

                                                              Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

                                                              Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

                                                              “Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

                                                              Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

                                                              3. For the Troublemaker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

                                                              Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers. But until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

                                                              The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain.

                                                              I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

                                                              Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds—just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

                                                              Breathe in through your nose:

                                                              • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
                                                              • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
                                                              • Focus on your belly rising.

                                                              Breathe out through your nose:

                                                              • Feel your lungs emptying.
                                                              • Focus on your belly falling.
                                                              • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

                                                              Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize. Now, you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior, and you’ll be more in control of your thoughts.

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                                                              One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

                                                              Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

                                                              4. For the Sleep Depriver

                                                              (They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher, and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

                                                              I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

                                                              Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

                                                              1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
                                                              2. Then I came up with a replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

                                                              When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and thoughts, and I choose quiet.

                                                              From the first time I tried this method, I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

                                                              For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (closed, of course). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

                                                              If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

                                                              You can also use this technique any time you want to:

                                                              • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon
                                                              • Shut down your thinking
                                                              • Calm your feelings
                                                              • Simply focus on the present moment

                                                              The Bottom Line

                                                              Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or destructive purposes.

                                                              You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable, and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

                                                              Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. You can be in control of your thoughts. The choice is yours!

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