An Italian artist is shocking and delighting the internet by turning humans into animals using nothing but body paint and clever poses.

Johannes Stotter creates optical illusions that first appear to be hyperrealistic depictions of animals. But on closer inspection, you can see they’re actually models covered in body paint.

Stotter began his “Illusions” project in 2013 while living in the Italian Alps, where he says nature directly influenced his art.

INSIDER spoke with Stotter about these mildly NSFW photos, which show humans in the naked form.

Stotter said the idea for the project started as a coincidence. He was working on another series when the model’s leg reminded him of a frog’s leg, so he decided to create a whole frog out of people.

“I knew immediately that it would be something very special,” he told INSIDER.

Read more: 38 mind-boggling optical illusions that have stumped the internet

The first illusion he created was the frog, which is still Stotter’s favorite.

Stotter then created a video for the illusion to demonstrate how the frog actually consists of five models covered in body paint.

“I always had a special relation to the frog, I felt it to be my totem, my power animal,” he said. “When I had the idea of my frog illusion, which came somehow out of nowhere, it felt a bit like getting help from my power animal to bring my art and my life on a new level.”

His lengthy and detailed process continued with a wolf illusion.

It took three models to create this portrait.

The process begins with Stotter having models pose in different positions. He then sketches what he expects the final image to look like. It then takes him a whole week to paint the background. Next, Stotter body paints …read more

Source:: Business Insider


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