Artists have been known to use brick walls, sidewalks and even buildings as their canvas, but one visual illusion artist named Dain Yoon, uses much smaller surfaces for her work — faces. Using a combination of body paints, acrylics, numerous cosmetic products, and a hair straightener, this 22-year-old Seoul-based artist can create surreal works on faces, and other body parts such as hands.
In an email to A Plus, Yoon explained that she makes her works by looking at reflections in mirrors, and that each one can take three to 12 hours to produce,
"Painting my own body through the reflection on mirrors is a very difficult process," Yoon explained to A Plus. " ... Looking through the reflection of the mirror and the viewfinder on cameras differ, and, thus, [I am] solely relying on mirrors to paint distorted views on photos (because I am capturing a three-dimensional subject on two dimensions) ... "
"I have to constantly switch back-and-forth between mirror and cameras in order to evoke a successful level of illusion. This process is indeed very intricate and difficult."
Yoon uploads her creations to Instagram under the handle @designdain, and already has over 21,000 followers and many fans. One Instagram user wrote, "I have no words for how amazing your work is." Another fan commented, "Amazing ... so inspiring." According to her Instagram, Yoon has also been featured on television for her work. And it's easy to see why.
It's hard to tell if something is an actual body part or a very realistic rendering.
When asked about the inspiration behind her art, Yoon told A Plus, "I have always been interested in the 'people'. I have discovered that different people make different first impressions and [those impressions] change as I study them further ... I have [a desire] to express [the] multi-dimensional perspectives that humans possess, and, thus, I have decided to paint my ideas on my own body. In order to convey multitudes of human perspectives. I overlapped my face and part of my body, so that they would [look like they are] one, or transparent."