Artist Transforms Human Body Into Incredible Optical Illusions (70 pics)

Arguably, the appearance of humans, culture, and nature has been a central theme throughout art for millennia. Some may even argue that these themes have gone hand in hand with art since forever. These themes are not only durable, as they are frequent, too; in fact, they are so frequent that it’s hard to come up with something original, unexhausted, and refreshing.

This is where the works of Gesine Marwedel come into play. She blends the themes of human appearance, nature, and animals all into one, and centers them around the human body itself. She creates these fantastic body paintings that resemble anything from an animal to an abstraction, and does so with elegance and mastery that’s hardly ever matched. She blends the images with the human body so well, that it’s sometimes hard to even see the “canvas.”

She has shared with us how it all started, and what she draws inspiration from: “I always painted on canvas and put some photos on the internet. A photographer (Thomas van de Wall) saw them and asked me to paint a face. That’s how it started. I am inspired by poses, by colors, by animals and nature… sometimes I just see something and an idea immediately comes into my mind.”

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William Faulk4 days ago

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Arlo Danielson4 days ago

Peace was never an option8ReplyView more comments#3 

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William Faulk4 days ago

I want to hang this in my room now.4ReplyView more comments#4 

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Terilee Bruyere4 days ago

It’s hard to see this as anything other than a shell. Amazing!1ReplyView more comments#5 

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Christina Smith4 days ago

Gosh I give props to the model for having to stand like that until the painting was done goodness it hurts me to image it9ReplyView more comments#6 

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Person #1,0514 days ago

WOW0ReplyView more comments#7 

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Pat Wooster3 days ago

Wow!2Reply#8 

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William Faulk4 days ago

oh thats kinda creepy at first7ReplyView more comments#9 

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ainsley4 days ago

i like this one8ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#10 

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William Faulk4 days ago

oh wow! but think, all the time used making these is gone after the picture…4ReplyView more comments#11 

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levthekindest4 days ago

what are you saying…0ReplyView more comments#12 

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William Faulk4 days ago

xD its derpy!7ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#14 

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William Faulk4 days ago

woooow2ReplyView more comments#16 

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Clandestine1 day ago

powerful0Reply#17 

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William Faulk4 days ago

oh i see! thats cool5ReplyView more comments#18 

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William Faulk4 days ago

woah that dope!2Reply#21 

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Sophie Renda4 days ago

This one is incredible! WOW!!3Reply#22 

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William Faulk4 days ago

that looks perfect! the color blends are better!3ReplyView more comments#24 

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Colin L2 days ago

For a pidgeon?!0Reply#25 

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Pat Wooster3 days ago

Good grief! The work in this is amazing! Must have taken forever!0Reply#27 

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Snowheart4 days ago

cool0ReplyView more comments#28 

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FunK_One3 days ago

Looking at these makes me miss the animal challenge episodes of Body Wars on Netflix!0ReplyView More Replies…View more comments#30 

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Jack Centner3 days ago

Peace to you too, my friend.0Reply#31 

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Person #1,0514 days ago

One is real0Reply#34 

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Sophie Renda4 days ago

Beautiful! It perfectly illustrates impending motherhood.1Reply#36 

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William Faulk4 days ago

I looks so…. real!3Reply#40 

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Pat Wooster3 days ago

I have no words. Unbelievable.0Reply#45 

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LJ Robinson3 days ago

startlingly beautiful!1Reply#54 

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John Q Citizen1 minute ago

Just now saw the baby! Mother and child duet0Reply#55 

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Susie Swearingen-Kamachi4 days ago

You all really need to work for Pagent of the Masters1Reply#63 

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FunK_One3 days ago

RIght arm is a little out alignment from this angle, but what an incredible design!0Reply#65 

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