Can you find the woman hiding in this painting?

German artist Jörg Düsterwald is a master at body painting which, if you’ve never heard of the medium, is exactly what it sounds like: using the human body as a canvas for paintings. Düsterwald, a native of Hameln, Germany, has been perfecting body artistry for 20 years and his social media channels are a delight for the eyes and mind.

But when the artist posted one photo, along with a challenge to “find the woman in the picture,” many of his followers struggled to figure out where the painted lady was hidden.

Düsterwald has created plenty of beautiful paintings that also act as a mind game, but this is probably one of his more difficult ones to crack. Let’s set the scene for you:

When you first look at the picture, you notice it’s a beautiful wall scene. There’s a tall, concrete wall with a wrought-iron gate, surrounded by trees which are seasonally shedding. All of the leaves, in gorgeous yellows and oranges, are scattered along the ground – and somewhere within the scenery is a woman, painted head-to-toe and cleverly disguised.

The challenge quickly evolved from “can you find the woman” to “can you find the woman in under five seconds.” Internet websites have been hailing anyone who can find the woman quickly (or at all) as someone who has a higher than usual IQ. We’re not sure what scientific evidence they have to back this claim up, but it IS pretty hard to find the hidden woman!

Have you found her yet? We won’t spoil it for you if you wanted to keep searching, but make sure to share this if you’ve found the hidden woman.

Check out a few more of Düsterwald’s pieces from this series, which celebrates all things autumn in the beautiful forests of Lower Saxony in Germany. And, of course, each one featured the same model (whose name is Nadine) who’s been camouflaged to blend seamlessly into the fall backgrounds.


Honestly, this one was tricky for us! It took us a second look-over to find where she was hiding in this autumnal scene. Here’s a hint: she’s not blending into what she’s ON, but what she’s in FRONT of.


Another tree-related trick of the eye! This one might not be as tricky as the one that really blew up online, but it’s still a gorgeous scene and a fun mind game.

Make sure to check out Düsterwald’s website for more gorgeous body art and mind-boggling pictures!

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Guy spent hours standing in one position, the next day people saw his beautiful masterpieces

At first, I thought this guy was just out in the waters, paddling. However, when I looked at his other photos, I couldn’t speak…

O’ahu-born artist, Sean Yoro, paints gorgeous murals. Moreover, through his art, Sean wants to raise awareness on topics like social issues and climate change.

“I want to beautify the city and give people who don’t have a voice the platform to speak about the issues they care about.”

Each mural can take from a few hours to four days to paint. The artist also uses only non-toxic paints for his portraits. He also had drawn on Iceland icebergs!

“Recently I did an expedition to Baffin Island where I painted a local Inuit woman on ice.”

What do you think of Sean’s works?

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Artist transforms old farm equipment into incredible sculptures like none you’ve seen

Recreating the wild wild west out of discarded farm equipment, South Dakota-based artist John Lopez’s amazing metal sculptures will blow your mind! Check them out below:

Eco-friendly and full of personality, these welded figures perfectly capture the iconography of the American West — a bison, a horse with a plow, a Texas Longhorn — a past reconfigured out of recycled materials.

Lopez began his career as a bronze sculptor, but realized the versatility of scrap metal when he forged a family grave for his deceased aunt. It creates a unique aesthetic, a kind of mishmash punk sensibility in his beautiful and imposing artwork.


It pays respect to the past while also playing with the idea of renewing and reconfiguring familiar imagery into something completely different. Where have you seen a cowboy riding a dinosaur before?

“My favorite part about these pieces is the texture,” explains Lopez. “I just start grabbin’ stuff from the pile and welding it, in and if you weld enough of the same thing on over and over it creates this really cool texture that I’ve never seen in these kinds of pieces before. And I think that’s what draws people in.”

Blurring the line between organic, artificial, and symbol, Lopez’s art is sure to leave an impact! It’s striking how well they blend into the Midwestern scenery.

What did you think of these fantastic sculptures? Let us know in the comments below!

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20+ differences between cats and dogs that are impossible not to laugh at

There’s a never-ending battle between cat and dog owners, trying to establish their pets as the superior ones. To recap arguments of both sides, we have decided to collect some of the funniest ‘They Can Talk’ comics about the differences between the beloved four-legged companions.

Jimmy Craig started ‘They Can Talk’ in July of 2015. “I’ve always loved animals and comics,” he told Rasplove. “When I look at animals I try to imagine what they can actually be saying.” It seems that Craig has thoroughly explored the minds of these members of the animal kingdom, constantly finding new and funny perspective on how they view the world. “I think animals, like humans, have their own unique personalities so it’s fun to imagine the conversations they might have.” From interacting with humans to enjoying hobbies, these illustrations cut to the very core of what these adorable creatures seem to be thinking of on a daily basis.

Craig – who is currently petless – said he likes both cats and dogs. “But if I had to pick one I’d say I’m more of a dog-person, because… dogs.” The artist, however, will probably have to forget his preference at least for a little while. “My wife just told me we’re getting two cats really soon.” Scroll down to check out his amazing strips, upvote your favorites and tell us in comments what is your choice, cats or dogs!

You can already pre-order the first book of They Can Talk on Amazon.

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No one can see the double image in this portrait – can you?

Face Illusions are some of the most intriguing images out there. They’re wildly popular for their ambiguity which tends to favor two images at the same time. While millions start at the perplexing images, they can’t help but wonder what exactly they’re looking for.

This famous photo below has been circulating the world since 1888. It was first designed as a postcard in Germany for an organization called “The Anchor Buggy Company.” At first, the postcard was shared without any major notice to the hidden image. But somewhere along the lines, people started catching on.

The artist for the illusion was British cartoonist, W.E. Hill. He knew what he was doing but never intended viewers to catch on. After months of silence, he simply carried on with his career as a cartoonist. But once the image started picking up momentum, he had thousands of fans.

He called this illusion “Young- Girl Old-Woman” as it depicts a younger girl looking away and an older woman looking down. This image was the first of its kind and has stood the test of time whilst competing amongst newer photos. His image has been seen by millions of people, probably even billions at this point!

Take a look at the image below and see if you can see the double image! As mentioned above, you should see a young woman looking away and a young woman looking down and somewhat discouraged. Can you spot both ladies? If you need assistance, check out the tutorial below- for a simplified version of the original illusion.

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He starts by drawing a bunch of circles. The end result? Only 12 people in the world can do this!

In the age of laptops, emails and texting, you would think that teaching kids to write cursive is pointless, but when you see what this man does and how masterfully he does it, you’ll change your mind.

Jake Weidmann is one of only 12 men in the entire world who was given the title of Master Penman, a career once very popular among artists but after the invention of the printing press and modern digitalization of everything, it became forgotten. In our opinion, being one of the rare people still doing it, it only makes his work more astonishing.

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This Nigerian artist’s artworks are so realistic it’s hard to believe he used nothing more than a pencil

Ken Nwadiogbu, 23, is a visual artist from Lagos, Nigeria, who specialises in 3D hyper-realistic drawings done with pencil and paper, creating pictures and portraits so realistic that you have to look twice to make sure they aren’t photographs.

Ken’s art is completely self-taught and he has faced many challenges to become a recognised artist. “I learnt the technique myself, Ken told Rasplove. “I finished with a BSc in Civil Engineering. So I never went to an art school or had any formal education in art.”

Having completed his degree, his parents were not wholly convinced of his choice to pursue his art full time. “That’s “African Parents” for you,” he said with a laugh. “They were concerned about financial stability, and how the world will view you. We have so many road side artists in Lagos, so they were concerned I might be going towards that direction.”

As well as worrying the parents, another challenge for Ken to overcome was the Nigerian art world. “5 years ago when I started art, there was little or no attention given it,” he explained. “There was no room to connect or understand art except if you went to an “art school”. There was this stigmatisation on artists who didn’t study art. It was hard for a young artist like myself to evolve.” Thankfully, things are changing for the better now. “The art scene is growing. Now, I see young artists being inspired and trying to focus on their dreams. I can see opportunities springing up for even those who did not study art. So it’s a work in progress, and I’m thankful for that.”

Ken aims to achieve a deeper meaning through his art, one which goes beyond the visually spectacular facade he presents into themes such as gender equality, African cultures, and black power. Outlining his vision, he told Rasplove the stories behind his work. “My art’s course is to pursue freedom of expression and belief, and to promote the voices of those rather unheard,” he said. “I also want to explore subtle desire and privilege. In The Nylon Series, there are views of enthusiasts of the typical African culture and morals. Okotogbam touches on emotion and strength of character, while The King’s Diary presents the possibilities of African Feminism, as seen in female patriarchy.”

Now busy with exhibitions around Nigeria, Ken is looking forward to opening his first solo show, with the theme of African female-feminine power. Oh, and it seems that he has finally won over his parents, who have accepted his decision to pursue a life as an artist. “I’m very sure they are completely convinced now. There’s so much love now in what I do,” he told us. “They want to be part of it. Everyday they are bringing up suggestions for new paintings too, it’s so cute seeing parents do that.”

Scroll down below to see Ken’s stunning works below, and let us know what you think in the comments!

“A close-up view of the artwork done with pencil on paper”

Gnaw, 2016

The Nylon Series

Soldier, 2016


Unleashed 1, 2015


Witnesses, 2016

Chairman


Batu, 2016

If I start to Talk, 2015-2017

Kilodé, 2015

Mother, 2016

Sani, 2016

Leave it torn a Little Longer, 2015

In the midst of Recession, 2015

Osiso Ndu (Mama Africa), 2014

On a Spaceship


Don Gorgon

Torn

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Art expert removes 200-year-old yellowing varnish from a 399-year-old painting, and the difference is unbelievable

A protective finish is applied to keep paintings safe from wear, but they will discolor as a result of time going by. About two hundred years ago, someone coated a 1618 oil portrait of an unknown lady with a thick layer of varnish and it wasn’t until recently that the true colors of the artwork were unearthed. Art expert and host of the BBC One show Fake or Fortune Philip Mould shared footage with his followers, revealing the careful removal of the protective varnish from the painting, and the transformation looks stunning.

“A remarkable Jacobean re-emergence after 200 years of yellowing varnish,” he wrote on Twitter. Most details of the “Woman in Red” are lost, and all that we know is that she was 36 years old at the time. While art restoration sometimes takes a terribly wrong turn, the presenter demonstrated a high level of expertise when revealing the lush colors hiding under the protective finish.

“The painting was originally in a private collection in England,” Mould told The Telegraph. “We started restoration of the painting <…> after extensive testing of the varnish on an oil surface on oak panel. A mixture of gel and solvent was created, specifically just to remove the varnish and not to damage the underlying paint. It’s different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working in a more controllable way.”

About two hundred years ago, someone coated a 1618 oil portrait of an unknown lady with a thick layer of varnish

It wasn’t until recently that the true colors of the artwork were unearthed

“We started restoration of the painting <…> after extensive testing of the varnish on an oil surface on oak panel”

“A mixture of gel and solvent was created, specifically just to remove the varnish and not to damage the underlying paint”

“It’s different from normal restoration, with the gel suspending the solvent and working in a more controllable way”

Most details of the “Woman in Red” are lost, and all that we know is that she was 36 years old at the time


Most people were quick to celebrate the astonishing results

But some criticized the art historian for his “dangerous and irresponsible” approach

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At first, it looks like a regular sculpture. But when it spins, the result is mind boggling

There’s a reason why they say there’s more to things than meets the eye! That saying definitely applies to these stunning works of art by John Edmark.

At first, they look like any other white 3D-printed sculptures. But when they start spinning under a strobe light, things take a fascinating turn!


The footage of Edmark’s sculptures is catching attention. Once you take a peek for yourself, you’ll understand why…

As soon as these 3D-printed sculptures start moving, they come to life! The way spinning makes the figures change shape and seem to move on their own is truly mind-boggling.


Edmark got the idea for this technique while teaching design at Stanford University. He was inspired by something called the “Fibonacci Sequence,” a natural-occurring design in nature, and knew he had to use it in art!

The name comes from the Italian mathematician Leonardo Bonacci (who was known by Fibonacci). He introduced this sequence of numbers to the world in 1202 in his book Liber Abaci.

This sequence is something that you can see in objects like pine cones, flowers, and seashells. The way the sequence comes together makes it perfect for hypnotizing pieces of art!

The light hits every crevice of these sculptures and the spinning captivates anyone who lays their eyes on them. In the time since Edmark posted this video online, it’s been shared thousands of times and viewed by more than 1.4 million people!

Edmark not only is an artist, but he’s a designer, inventor and teacher at Stanford University. He designed each individual bloom’s particular form and behavior with a unique parametric seed he calls a phi-nome.

While a 3-D zoetrope animates a sequence of small changes in objects, a bloom animates as a single self-contained sculpture. The animation effect is achieved by progressive rotations of the gold ratio, the same ratio that brings forth the spiral patterns found in pine cones and sunflowers.


Take a peek at these incredible 3D sculptures for yourself in the video below. What an interesting concept!

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20+ funny and clever illustrations by Spanish artist Nacho Diaz

Today we’re stepping into the funny and unconventional illustration world of Nacho Diaz (previously here). This Spain-based artist enjoys putting everyday things into bizarre situations, perfectly creating humorous double entendres.

From an aging banana to friendless broccoli, these quirky images work on at least a couple of levels and their wittiness will definitely make you smile. Scroll down to check out Nacho’s work and vote for your favorite pieces!

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