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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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                                                              10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                              10 Real Reasons Why Breaking Bad Habits Is So Difficult

                                                              Bad habits expose us to suffering that is entirely avoidable. Unfortunately, breaking bad habits is difficult because they are 100% dependent on our mental and emotional state.

                                                              Anything we do that can prove harmful to us is a bad habit – drinking, drugs, smoking, procrastination, poor communication are all examples of bad habits. These habits have negative effects on our physical, mental, and emotional health.

                                                              Humans are hardwired to respond to stimuli and to expect a consequence of any action. This is how habits are acquired: the brain expects to be rewarded a certain way under certain circumstances. How you initially responded to certain stimuli is how your brain will always remind you to behave when the same stimuli are experienced.

                                                              If you visited the bar close to your office with colleagues every Friday, your brain will learn to send you a signal to stop there even when you are alone and eventually not just on Fridays. It will expect the reward of a drink after work every day, which can potentially lead to a drinking problem.

                                                              Kicking negative behavior patterns and steering clear of them requires a lot of willpower, and there are many reasons why breaking bad habits is so difficult.

                                                              1. Lack of Awareness or Acceptance

                                                              Breaking a bad habit is not possible if the person who has it is not aware that it is a bad one.

                                                              Many people will not realize that their communication skills are poor or that their procrastination is affecting them negatively, or even that the drink they had as a nightcap has now increased to three.

                                                              Awareness brings acceptance. Unless a person realizes on their own that a habit is bad, or someone manages to convince them of the same, there is very little chance of the habit being kicked.

                                                              2. No Motivation

                                                              Going through a divorce, not being able to cope with academic pressure, and falling into debt are instances that can bring a profound sense of failure with them. A person going through these times can fall into a cycle of negative thinking where the world is against them and nothing they can do will ever help, so they stop trying altogether.

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                                                              This give-up attitude is a bad habit that just keeps coming around. Being in debt could make you feel like you are failing at maintaining your home, family, and life in general.

                                                              If you are looking to get out of a rut and feel motivated, take a look at this article: Why Is Internal Motivation So Powerful (And How to Find It)

                                                              3. Underlying Psychological Conditions

                                                              Psychological conditions such as depression and ADD can make it difficult to start breaking bad habits.

                                                              A depressed person may find it difficult to summon the energy to cook a healthy meal, resulting in food being ordered in or consumption of packaged foods. This could lead to a habit that adversely affects health and is difficult to overcome.

                                                              A person with ADD may start to clean their house but get distracted soon after, leaving the task incomplete, eventually leading to a state where it is acceptable to live in a house that is untidy and dirty.

                                                              The fear of missing out (FOMO) is very real to some people. Obsessively checking their social media and news sources, they may believe that not knowing of something as soon as it is published can be catastrophic to their social standing.

                                                              4. Bad Habits Make Us Feel Good

                                                              One of the reasons it is difficult to break habits is that a lot of them make us feel good.[1]

                                                              We’ve all been there – the craving for a tub of ice cream after a breakup or a casual drag on a joint, never to be repeated until we miss how good it made us feel. We succumb to the craving for the pleasure felt while indulging in it, cementing it as a habit even while we are aware it isn’t good for us.

                                                              Overeating is a very common bad habit. Just another pack of chips, a couple of candies, a large soda… none of these are necessary for survival. We want them because they give us comfort. They’re familiar, they taste good, and we don’t even notice when we progress from just one extra slice of pizza to four.

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                                                              5. Upward Comparisons

                                                              Comparisons are a bad habit that many of us have been exposed to since we were children. Parents might have compared us to siblings, teachers may have compared us to classmates, and bosses could compare us to past and present employees.

                                                              The people who have developed the bad habit of comparing themselves to others have been given incorrect yardsticks for measurement from the start.

                                                              These people will always find it difficult to break out of this bad habit because there will always be someone who has it better than they do: a better house, better car, better job, higher income and so on.

                                                              Research shows that in the age of social media, social comparisons are much easier and can ultimately harm self-esteem if scrolling becomes a bad habit[2].

                                                              6. No Alternative

                                                              This is a real and valid reason why breaking bad habits is difficult. These habits could fulfill a need that may not be met any other way.

                                                              Someone who has physical or psychological limitations, such as a disability or social anxiety, may find it hard to quit obsessive content consumption for better habits.

                                                              Alternately, a perfectly healthy person may be unable to quit smoking because alternates are just not working out.

                                                              Similarly, a person who bites their nails when anxious may be unable to relieve stress in any other socially accepted manner.

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                                                              7. Stress

                                                              As mentioned above, anything that stresses us out can lead to adopting and cementing an unhealthy habit.

                                                              When a person is stressed about something, it is easy for bad habits to form because the mental resources required to fight them are not available[3].

                                                              We often see a person who had previously managed to kick a bad habit fall back into the old ways because they felt their stress couldn’t be managed any other way.

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                                                              8. Sense of Failure

                                                              People looking to kick bad habits may feel a strong sense of failure because it’s just that difficult.

                                                              Dropping a bad habit usually means changes in lifestyle that people may be unwilling to make, or these changes might not be easy to make in spite of the will to make them.

                                                              Overeaters need to empty their house of unhealthy food, resist the urge to order in, and not pick up their standard grocery items from the store. Those who drink too much need to avoid the bars or even people who drink often.

                                                              If such people slip even once with a glass of wine, or a smoke, or a bag of chips, they tend to be excessively harsh on themselves and feel like failures.

                                                              9. The Need to Be All-New

                                                              People who are looking to break bad habits feel they need to re-create themselves in order to break themselves of their bad habits, while the truth is the complete opposite.

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                                                              These people actually need to go back to who they were before they developed the bad habit and try to create good habits from there.

                                                              10. Force of Habit

                                                              Humans are creatures of habit, and having familiar, comforting outcomes for daily triggers helps us maintain a sense of balance in our lives.

                                                              Consider people who are used to lighting up a cigarette every time they talk on the phone or eating junk food when watching TV. They will always associate a phone call with a puff on the cigarette and screen time with eating.

                                                              These habits, though bad, are a source of comfort to them, as is meeting with those people they indulge in these bad habits with.

                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                              These are the main reasons why breaking bad habits is difficult, but the good news is that the task is not impossible. Breaking habits takes time, and you’ll need to put long-term goals in place to replace a bad habit with a good one.

                                                              There are many compassionate, positive and self-loving techniques to kick bad habits. The internet is rich in information regarding bad habits, their effects and how to overcome them, while professional help is always available for those who feel they need it.

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                                                              Reference

                                                              [1] After Skool: Why Do Bad Habits Feel SO GOOD?
                                                              [2] Psychology of Popular Media Culture: Social comparison, social media, and self-esteem.
                                                              [3] Stanford Medicine: Examining how stress affects good and bad habits

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