Craft & Design

Patrick Hughes is a British artist who coined the term ‘reverspective’ to describe his technique of painting a dimensional surface to create an exaggerated 3D effect in his work. The gimmick (which is sort of like the Hollow Face illusion in reverse) combines foreshortening and the fact that his paintings really do extend into the third dimension–just not as much as it seems. If you can’t see one in person, video really helps to understand the effect. Besides this one, shot in the basement of the British Library by Flickr user mariachi2006, there’s a professionally-produced Flash video at Hughes’ website. [via Neatorama]

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  1. You can see an example of this at the Exploratorium in San Francisco. They even sell a version that can be taped together.

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I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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