Fine art body painter Paul Roustan knocked the proverbial socks off the Department of Astonishing Optical illusions with this awesome black and white painting of a Pandora Sphinx moth that beautifully conceals a woman who’s been painted to completely blend in with the moth. Don’t feel bad if you didn’t spot her right away. We didn’t either.

It took the artist five hours to paint the background and an additional two hours to paint the model. He says, “On average it takes me three hours to paint the entire body. This one was a bit more meticulous lining things up, which is why it took so long for just a portion of the body.”

Click here to watch a brief video that provides an even better look at this amazing piece as well as its creation process.

Visit Paul Roustan’s website to check out more of his phenomenal body painting.

[via My Modern Metropolis]

Melbourne-based freelance makeup artist Elvis Schmoulianoff created this playful stop-motion video, entitled “Painted”, for which she was the model, body-painter, photographer and editor. And while Schmoulianoff is the sole model, she shares the stage with the paint, which quickly takes on a life of its own as the video progresses. The paint capriciously uses her as a living canvas to transform at will.

Elvis was inspired to create the “Painted" project after watching MUTO, the phenomenal stop-motion graffiti video by Blu. (previously featured here)

The music is “Flow Motion” by Flow Motion Square One

Visit Elvis Schmoulianoff’s website and Facebook page to check out more of her creations.

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Lima, Peru-born artist Cecilia Paredes might strike you as a female counterpart to modern-day magician Liu Bolin. Working with her assistants, she creates awesome photo performance-based works that have her seamlessly blended into intricate backgrounds. Acting as both the photographer and the subject, she uses make-up, body paint and any costume she needs to make her virtually disappear.

"The illusion of ‘disappearing’ into the landscape that surrounds her, is in reality a blending, she is now ‘part of the landscape’ in her quest of belonging," Paredes explains to us. "The theme behind all is re-location after displacement and migration and how one has to adjust in order to belong. Tough it is, but it has to be done, without forgetting our origin."

Check out more of Cecilia’s work over at My Modern Metropolis!