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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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                                                              Last Updated on November 15, 2019

                                                              Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

                                                              Expert Advice That Will Teach You How to Increase Your Metabolism

                                                              Wouldn’t you like to be able to eat twice as much as you do now without gaining weight? If so, I have good news for you because this is possible when you learn how to increase metabolism.

                                                              How Much Do You Know About Metabolism?

                                                              Before we get to the meat, let me say that metabolism is a term that describes all the chemical reactions in your body.[1] These chemical reactions keep your body alive and functioning, however, the word metabolism is often used interchangeably with the metabolic rate or the number of calories you burn.

                                                              The metabolic rate is a rough estimate of how much energy your body needs to simply stay alive and perform all its biochemical reactions. These reactions require energy, aka burn calories.

                                                              Imagine that your brain alone consumes nearly 20% of your TDEE (total daily energy expenditure at rest),[2] your digestion and the detoxifying system come second, repairing tissues third and so on.

                                                              Staying alive is expensive for your body and its two main currencies are fats and sugars.

                                                              When I am talking about improving your metabolic rate (metabolism), I mean improving the amount of energy, your body requires to (pretty much) lay down in bed and do nothing for 24 hours.

                                                              Extra physical activity, extra thinking or fighting illness are things that require a lot of energy (burn a lot of calories) but they don’t really increase metabolism… actually they can decrease it.

                                                              Can You Naturally Change the Speed of Your Basal Metabolism?

                                                              The answer to this question is yes and you can also achieve an increase in metabolism and a drop in body fat by eating more.

                                                              Shocked? Well, I was too.

                                                              The way I came across this phenomenon is quite funny. Over my 10 years as a coach, I helped many busy professionals to naturally increase their metabolism by getting them leaner, fitter and stronger but, at the beginning of my career, I actually had no idea whether they were losing weight because of an increase in metabolism or because we created a calorie deficit with diet and exercise.

                                                              When I was training my clients regularly, they would lose weight. Every time I would take a few weeks of vacation, I would come back to London and find out that most of them gained back a generous amount of weight despite the fact that they were following their diet and they swapped our weight training sessions with cardio.

                                                              On the contrary, when they were going on vacation, they would do zero exercises and binge like there was no tomorrow but come back either lighter or weighing the same (but looking more muscular).

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                                                              Observing this phenomenon happening over and over again, got me curious about the mechanics of our metabolism and the ways to hack it.

                                                              Was it really possible that by relaxing and eating more food, someone could actually maintain his/her current weight or even be losing fat?

                                                              Driven by the desire to answer this question, I spent a good amount of years researching and testing different food strategies until I finally cracked the code to an improved metabolism that allows you to eat like a king and look like a Greek God.

                                                              Does Eating More Increase Metabolism?

                                                              Before I explain why eating more increases your metabolism, let me dig into something that I see people doing much more often: “eating less and moving more.”

                                                              It is quite common to see people embarking their yearly weight loss journey (usually after Christmas or Easter) by following very restrictive diets and bombarding their body with several hours of exercise per day.

                                                              Despite the short-term effectiveness of this approach, in the long run, if the goal is to increase metabolism and lose a lot of fat over an extended period of time, this simply won’t work.

                                                              As I have mentioned before, eating fewer calories and exercising more are energy-consuming activities for your body. In the first case, your body needs to use its own energy reserves to top up the missing energy it needs to fully function; and in the second, it takes your body extra energy to contract your muscles.

                                                              In both cases, your TDEE (Total daily energy expenditure at rest) doesn’t vary much; therefore your metabolism stays unchanged.[3]

                                                              A different scenario happens when you eat less and move more for an extended period of time (weeks or months). In that case, your metabolism will slow down because your body is receiving a “we have little access to food and we need to run away from threats” signal.

                                                              Your metabolism is like your bank account.

                                                              To understand this concept, let’s imagine that you have $4,000 coming into your bank account each and every month. The money you spend on housing, transport, food and leisure are calibrated according to this monthly income.

                                                              Now, imagine that a rich uncle starts to send you $1,000 each day. What would you do? Probably, you would save that money for the first two or three days but, when you notice that $1,000 keep on coming every single day, you would likely start to spend more right?

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                                                              What if, instead of a rich uncle sending you money, a poor uncle needed your financial help to pay for the treatments of his illness? You would probably try your best to adjust your spending according to your old $4,000 monthly budget.

                                                              That’s exactly how your body reasons:

                                                              More Resources Coming in = More Energy Released (Improved Metabolism)

                                                              Fewer Resources Coming in = Less Energy Released (Decreased Metabolism)

                                                              Note that activities like weight training[4] and high-intensity interval training (HIIT),[5] when combined with an increase in nutrient-rich foods, will also improve your metabolism.

                                                              For this reason, today, when I coach a new client, I always start by increasing their daily food intake and their physical activities. Usually, people are quite confused because they come to me to lose weight and I tell them to eat more but, without fail, the next weekly weight-check shows a lower number.

                                                              Be aware that not all foods are equal and only certain foods have the power to increase metabolism to a noticeable extent.

                                                              Foods That Increase Metabolism

                                                              Doubling up on Snickers bars won’t improve your metabolism and you know that. What you may not know is that certain foods that are marked as “healthy” doesn’t help you with increasing your metabolism. They also make you gain weight.

                                                              Before giving you a list of foods to eat or avoid, let me explain a simple principle of human biochemistry.

                                                              Your body uses energy from three (or four) main sources:

                                                              • Sugars: whether you eat a Snickers bar or a banana, the carbohydrates contained in both get absorbed in the gut and become blood glucose (the basic form of sugar our body utilizes as a source of energy).[6]
                                                                When blood glucose is present in the bloodstream (elevated levels), the body always uses it as its primary source of energy. When blood glucose levels drop (this phenomenon happens when you’re using these sugars to fuel a physical activity or when your pancreas produced a spike of insulin and stores that glucose into fat and muscles), your body starts to release fatty acids into the bloodstream to use as a source of energy.
                                                              • Fatty acids: either from your own fat cells (adipocytes) or from whatever fat-containing foods you ate in the past 2-3 hours. Fatty acids are a slower and more consistent form of energy than sugars that your body can utilise.
                                                              • Amino acids: Amino acids are the broken-down form of proteins. Proteins cannot be used by the body as a source of energy, not even in their broken-down form. Your body can transform amino acids into glucose with a process called gluconeogenesis.[7] This is a very inefficient process where a decent amount of energy gets wasted (and that’s a good thing for us but I’ll get to that later).
                                                              • Ketones: when you don’t feed your body any source of carbs (or proteins in excess), your liver produces an alternative source of energy called Ketones. It can replace the need for glucose (most of it at least).[8]

                                                              Now that you know the four energy sources the body can use to fuel its metabolism, let’s get to the meat (quite literally).

                                                              To make this simple for you, I am going to divide foods into three categories:

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                                                              1. Red Flags – Avoid the red foods because they slow your metabolism. They are usually extremely low in micronutrients and high in antinutrients (agents that are highly toxic). They are highly processed or spike your insulin levels (therefore stopping your fat burning process).
                                                              2. Orange Foods – Limit your consumption of orange foods. The orange foods on the list are suboptimal choices but they don’t have a negative impact on your metabolism when consumed in moderation. In fact, they contain a decent amount of micronutrients and, if eaten in small amounts, they shouldn’t stop your fat burning process.
                                                              3. Green Foods – These are foods to consume most. Green foods will improve your metabolism and should be the main bulk of your diet.

                                                              Next, I’ll get into details exactly what foods to eat and avoid:

                                                              Sugars and Carbs

                                                              Sugars do not directly improve metabolism because they stop the process of fat utilisation. There is an exception to this rule though. When you eat a diet extremely low in carbohydrates and sugars for an extended period of time (two to six days onwards), introducing carbohydrates and sugars can actually improve metabolism quite a bit.

                                                              Unfortunately, for most of us that love eating bread, pasta, fruit and yoghurt, unless we were on a low-carb diet for the past few days, these foods are not an optimal choice.

                                                              Sugars like fructose (found in fruit or commercial sugar) actually decrease metabolism and should be limited. Heavily processed sugars and carbohydrates should be also limited. Here is the colour list of sugars and carbs that affect metabolism:

                                                              Red Flag Sugary Foods You Should Avoid:
                                                              • Dried fruit
                                                              • Commercial and packaged corn
                                                              • High fructose corn syrup
                                                              • All sorts of candies and lookalike
                                                              • Packaged fruit juices and purees
                                                              • Sugary dairy products like flavoured yoghurt, condensed milk etc
                                                              Orange Sugary Foods You Should Limit:
                                                              • Bread and flour-based products
                                                              • Milk and also vegan milk alternatives that are sweetened
                                                              • Most fruit (exceptions are in the green list below)
                                                              • Potatoes and potato starch products
                                                              • Oatmeals and other grains
                                                              Green Sugary and Carb-Containing Foods That Improve Metabolism
                                                              • All berries except strawberries
                                                              • Tubers like squash, carrots, parsnips etc
                                                              • Sweet potatoes
                                                              • White rice
                                                              • All green vegetables

                                                              Fats

                                                              Fatty acids and fats, in general, can improve or decrease metabolism depending on their composition.

                                                              Red Flag Fatty Foods You Should Avoid:
                                                              • Margarine and hydrogenated fat
                                                              • Lard
                                                              • Gmo oils
                                                              • Most vegetable oils from seeds and peanut oil
                                                              Orange Fatty Foods You Should Limit:
                                                              • Nuts
                                                              • Meat fat
                                                              • Nut oils (macadamia, almond, cashew etc..)
                                                              • Seeds
                                                              Green Fatty Foods You Should Eat Daily
                                                              • Extra virgin olive oil (non-heated)
                                                              • Avocado
                                                              • Coconut oil
                                                              • Butter (organic)
                                                              • Egg yolks (free-range)
                                                              • Bone marrow

                                                              The fatty foods in the green section tend to be very effective in increasing metabolism, especially in the absence of carbohydrates because they stimulate the production of ketones (I’ll talk about this later).

                                                              Bear in mind that 1 gram of fat has 2.5 times the calories of a gram of protein or carbohydrates; therefore “eating more fats” to increase metabolism should be done very gradually to avoid weight gain.

                                                              Proteins

                                                              Eating food not only sends regulatory signals to your brain about abundance vs scarcity of resources, but it can also increase your metabolism for a few hours. This is called the thermic effect of food (TEF).[9] It’s caused by the extra calories required to digest, absorb and process the nutrients in your meal.

                                                              Protein causes the largest rise in TEF.[10] It increases your metabolic rate by 15-30%, compared to 5-10% for carbs and 0-3% for fats

                                                              Eating protein has also been shown to help you feel more full and prevent you from overeating, in fact, a study found that people were likely to eat around 441 fewer calories per day when protein made up 30% of their diet.[11]

                                                              Also, proteins help preserve muscle mass.[12] The more muscle mass we have, the higher our basal metabolism is.

                                                              For these reasons, the first nutritional advice I usually give to clients is to reduce sugars and increase proteins. This quick swap is often enough to kickstart their metabolism and commence the fat burning process.

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                                                              Red Protein Sources That Should Be Avoided
                                                              • Cheap whey proteins
                                                              • Soy proteins
                                                              • GMO meat
                                                              • GMO eggs
                                                              • Packaged meat
                                                              Orange Protein Source to Be Limited
                                                              • Canned tuna
                                                              • Canned fish
                                                              • Canned meat
                                                              • Gluten-rich products like Seitan
                                                              • Farmed fish
                                                              Green Protein Sources to Have Daily
                                                              • Free-range meat
                                                              • Free-range eggs
                                                              • Wild meat and fish
                                                              • Whey protein isolate
                                                              • Collagen and beef protein hydrolyzed

                                                              Note that this is a general categorisation of the foods that, when added to your diet, have the power to increase or decrease metabolism. There are some specific foods and supplements worth mentioning because they have been proven to improve metabolism by increasing thyroid output or resting heart rate, they are as follows.

                                                              Other Foods and Supplements

                                                              Cold water

                                                              Drinking water may temporarily speed up your metabolism. Studies have shown that drinking 17 ounces (0.5 litres) of water increases resting metabolism by 10-30% for about an hour.[13]

                                                              This is not a surprise since our body is made up mainly by water and proper hydration is key to a fast metabolism. This calorie-burning effect may be even greater if you drink cold water, as your body uses energy to heat it up to body temperature.

                                                              MCT Oils or Powders

                                                              Medium-chain triglycerides or MCT have been shown to improve metabolism by stimulating Ketone production.[14] Coconut oil contains MCT fats and, when used as a replacement for cooking oil can help you improve metabolism.

                                                              You can buy the concentrated version of MCT oils and eat it separately to further enhance this effect. Either way, coconut oil or pure MCT oil can be a great addition to your diet if you’re following a ketogenic or intermittent fasting protocol.

                                                              Caffeine

                                                              Caffeine and coffee have been shown to improve metabolism by improving heart rate and, therefore improving calorie consumption.[15]

                                                              Green Tea

                                                              Green tea

                                                              is thought to increase energy expenditure and fat oxidation, and to reduce fat production and absorption.[16]

                                                              Bottom Line

                                                              In this article, I just covered the basics of food and metabolism but, there are many other non-food related things you can do to improve your metabolism, like improving your sleep quality and following certain exercise routines.

                                                              For now, just know that making small and gradual changes to your diet can increase your metabolism and improve your general health. Starting from changing one habit at a time is always the best strategy to accomplish any goal.

                                                              Once you improve your diet, your hydration and your supplementation you can think about testing more advanced “bio-hacks” or techniques like ice baths and fasted HIIT training.

                                                              And remember, having a higher metabolism doesn’t only help you lose weight and keep it off but it also give you more energy and a feeling of vibrancy. If you give it time, it really is worth the investment.

                                                              Featured photo credit: Fitsum Admasu via unsplash.com

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