Guinness Anamorphosis Coaster

Using the idea of mirror anamorphosis. When the coaster is placed, the Guinness’s slogan is unreadable. When the glass is placed on it, it is still unreadable. But when the beer is in the glass, you can read the slogan fine in the reflection of the glass.



November 30, 2009. Hidden. Leave a comment.


Anamorphosis is a distorted projection or view requiring the viewer to use special devices or move into a specific point to view the required image. “Ana – morphosis” comes from the Greek words meaning “formed again.”

Perspective and Mirror anamorphosis are the two main types of anamorphosis. Perspective anamorphosis dates back to the 15th Century, while Mirror anamorphosis occurred around the 17th Century.

Mirror anamorphosis (shown below) is when a conical or cylindrical mirror is placed on the drawing or painting to transform a flat distorted image into a three dimensional picture that can be viewed from many angles. The deformed image is painted on a plane surface surrounding the mirror. By looking into the mirror, the image is undeformed. During the 1600s and 1700s, this process of anamorphosis made it possible to diffuse erotic scenes and scenes of sorcery for a confidential public.

November 27, 2009. Hidden. Leave a comment.

My Invisible Desktop

This is my own version of the invisible desktop. I first started off with the objects on my desk, then with objects that where left around the house, as well as with myself on my bed, I think the one of myself works best as it feels the most realistic.

From using still images to create an invisible desktop, I decided to try it out with video. Although this was just an experiment, I think I could push this idea and come up with something pretty cool.

November 27, 2009. Hidden. Leave a comment.

Invisible Desktops

Just like trome l’oeil, these “invisible desktops” creates an illusion of reality. I think that they are a simple idea that has an effective outcome.

Invisible desktops works on phones and pocket computers as well.

November 26, 2009. Hidden. Leave a comment.

My Own Trompe L’Oeil Image

From the research into trompe l’oeil I was eager to see if I could make my own. I decided to draw a banana, i had to draw the image stretched upwards to give it an illusion of reality from a certain view.

Below is the banana drawing from above, as you can see it is stretched out so that when you view it from the certain angle it will look as though it is real.

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More Trompe L’Oeil Research

I found some really cool work in some books on trompe l’oeil today. They have inspired me to try my own versions. From here im still exploring rather than trying to get a final idea, so i am going to do some drawings and see what happens.

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Trompe L’Oeil

Trompe l’oeil (French for ‘trick the eye’)is an art technique involving extremely realistic imagery in order to create the optical illusion of the object appearing in three dimension, instead of actually being two dimension.

This story originated in ancient Greece:

“Two painters were rivals in a contest. Each would try to make a picture that produced a more perfect illusion of the real world. One, named Zeuxis [ZOO-ziss], painted a likeness of grapes so natural that birds flew down to peck at them. Then his opponent, Parrhasius [pahr-HAY-zee-us] brought in his picture covered in a cloth. Reaching out to lift the curtain, Zeuxis was stunned to discover he had lost the contest. What had appeared to be a cloth was in reality his rival’s painting.”

Below are some examples of trompe l’oeil paintings.

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Julian Beever

Julian Beever is a freelance chalk artist based in the UK and Belgium. He creates trompe l’oiel chalk drawings on pavements. His work create an illusion of three dimension when viewed from a certain angle.

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Meanings of ‘Hidden’


Concealment is obscuring something from a view. It is the opposite of exposure. The military term is CCD (Camouflage, Concealment & Deception). Looks the same as the surroundings, can not be seen, looks like something else.

The objective of hiding is often to keep the presence of an object or person secret, but in other cases not the presence is a secret, but only the location.

This is an image of a U.S. Soldier concealing himself through a smoke screen after one of his regiments vehicles is hit with an explosive.


Camouflage allows a visible organism or an object to remain indiscernible from the surrounding environment through deception.

Above shows how the white arctic here camouflages itself in the snow, and how the ibex are almost invisible in the desert.

The military also relies on camouflage to hide themselves, you can see how in different surroundings they blend into the background.


Secrecy is holding information from certain individuals or groups; and maybe sharing it with other individuals. Putting your index finger up to your mouth relates to secrecy. 

Optical Illusion

There are two types of illusions, Physical illusions and Cognitive illusion.

Physical illusions effects the eyes and brain of excessive stimulation of a specific type – brightness, tilt, colour, and movement.

Cognitive Illusions is where the eye and brain make unconscious inferences.

Holding the sun Illusion

This is an example of physical illusion, it shows if you are in the right place while the photograph is being taken then it creates an illusion.

The Dirty Mind Illusion

A typical males fist glance of this image is him thinking he is looking at a females crotch and thong. When you look closer it is actually an image of a lamp.

I think once you look at the image below for a few seconds your eyes think that its right but your mind is telling you that it cant be.

November 16, 2009. Hidden. Leave a comment.

Hidden Brief


You are asked to produce a piece of work in response to the above theme.

Themes that you may wish to explore may include concealment, camouflage, optical illusion, secrets, lies.

The final outcome may be typographic, photographic, film, interactive, animation, illustration or 3-dimensional. Whatever works.

Almost certainly you will need to conduct a lot of research in the form of investigation, trials and practical experiment.

You should not concern yourself with a final outcome until you have conducted extensive open ended experiment.

As part of this project you may wish to set up, or continue your current use of a blog. Use this blog as a research tool, post any of your work in progress (but not finished pieces), ask questions about your work so that others may help you with suggestions. You may also post examples of other work that you find inspiring or relevant but add a sentence or two about why you have chosen to post this item.

A high level of research, which can be evidenced in your blog, and final outcome is expected.

This project will result in an exhibition in week 14 at the same time as your assessment

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