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The Thing That Wood Not Be by eriban The Thing That Wood Not Be by eriban
Finally it had arrived, his construction set for the square wooden frame. Its apparent simplicity made his heart pound faster. Four wooden pieces. All shaped exactly the same. What a lovely sight. He could hardly wait to see the resulting frame on his table. So many ways to use it. So many ways. Maybe he should have ordered more than one.

Putting the frame together was not as easy as he had expected. Joining two pieces by way of the double dovetail connection was just as impossible as separating them. He considered himself fortunate when he realized that he possesed an old puzzle magazine that revealed the secret behind the double dovetail connection.

Still, the manual that came with the wooden frame clearly showed that you needed all four pieces. Four? What had he done wrong? He went over it once more. No, there was nothing wrong with any of the connections. All angles were orthogonal. As they should be. How then had he managed to make a closed loop from only three pieces? He didn't know. He didn't even want to know! Maybe it was best to drink some coffee first. But isn't it always?


Technical Details

This image has been rendered using the POVRay raytracer. I created the original scene file more than ten years ago, but recently made a few improvements to it, and rendered it again at a much higher resolution.

Note: No post-processing has taken place on the image to make the illusion work; this is the 3D scene as it is rendered by the raytracer. "How can this be?" you may wonder. That's a good question indeed.
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:iconrbai:
rbai Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2014
Excellent work! congratulations!
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2014
Thanks!
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eriban Featured By Owner Jan 8, 2014
Ah yes, that's the big secret, or maybe I have just forgotten by now… ;-)
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CometThePorcupine222 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2014
How the fuck did u do that?
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Nov 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool! [link]
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Thanks.

By the way, please consider joining the MC Escher Style group and share your Homage to Escher there.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
I'm new to this site. How do I join the MC Escher group?
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
That's easy. Go to the groups homepage [link] and click "Join our group". Depending on how the group is configured, this is either automatically approved, or an admin has to accept it first. In this case, I think it's the former. Once you've joined, you can use the "Submit to a group" link at the right of your deviation, to submit it to the group's gallery. That will require an approval in this case, but that should not be a problem.
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you very much, I've started the process of joining.

Below "friends and favorites" everyone's page has a series of icons eg. give a gift, whereas on my page there's nothing but "edit". How do I get these icons?
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Meanwhile I see you managed to submit your deviation to the group. Good!

Your page also has those icons, except not when you view it yourself. :-)
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marcgosselin Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes! Thanks for the advice.
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Intro71292 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Awesome.:)
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eriban Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011
Thanks (once more)
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Intro71292 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You are welcome.:aww:
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The cast shadows are well done. I really enjoy mind twisters like this, the playing with perspective. The textured table surface is a very good design for enhancing sense of dimensionality. Excellent work. I really enjoy seeing such attention to detail.
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2010
Thanks! It required quite a bit of thought and effort to create this image, it's not something I quickly hacked together, so I am happy to hear that it is appreciated.
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inspiredcreativity Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
That is why I admire the work, because it takes imagination, creativity, thought, and effort to create.
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AuroraAphelion Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010   Writer
MEHHH! i do not like these things that i do not understand!!! nyahhh! i am confuzzled!!!,
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2010
Ah, but that's nice. Increase your understanding and you'll become a happier person :-)
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AuroraAphelion Featured By Owner Nov 27, 2010   Writer
hahaha!!! try, i will.
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janey-in-a-bottle Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd so love to see this rendered from a different angle, to see how it was done. :D
I'm very impressed with this being a 3D render. :thumbsup:
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thanks! :thanks: You're not the only one who would like to see the secret(s) behind the illusion revealed. I am not budging yet though. It would spoil the illusion and the image would lose some of its mystique I fear.
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MiuraEri Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Gives me an air of satisfaction. amazing work!
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eriban Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2010
Thanks!
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dudecon Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Very clever sir. I'd like to see more work like this. Images that tell a story are great.
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eriban Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
Thanks. I also like the story this image tells. Pretty much everything fell into place here, as all elements contribute to the story, small it may be. I like to embed a story in the images I make, as long as it can be done naturally, but it's not always that easy. This has admittedly been my best attempt so far in my collection of impossible scenes.
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ToshioMagic Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2010
i love how you took it a step further with the double dovetail connectors. and the shadows are great. Shadow work in optical illusions is one of the most difficult parts.
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eriban Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2010
Thanks for the feedback. Yes, I thought the double dovetail connections were a nice twist. If nothing else, I liked the idea when it occured to me. The shadows were indeed the most difficult to get "right".
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sethness Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2010
For me, the most interesting part of the rendering is the imperfections: bubbles along the rim of the coffee, a notch in one of the dovetails.

Sure, the shadows are difficult to line up.. but it's also the small imperfections that "sell" the realism.
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eriban Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2010
Thanks for the comment. The imperfections are indeed important to make the image work. They don't stand out, but they do increase the realism more than one might imagine. It was only after adding the imperfections that I was happy with the image.
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BatmanWithBunnyEars Featured By Owner Dec 19, 2009   General Artist
Great way to take this assic illusion to the next level with realism! The shadows must have been the hardest part since there's no right way to do it.
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eriban Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2009
Thanks for the kind words and the fav. And you are right, although most people may not realize it, getting the shadows to look right is indeed the most difficult part. :-)
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fellfrosch999 Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009  Professional Interface Designer
man, your work is so cool...
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2009
Thanks! :thanks:
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
:woohoo: A masterwork indeed. I can understand you not wanting to share the secrets embedded here, but you have alerted me to a level of achievable potential worth the effort of pursuit. So any info you care to share as to how to start this journey, without giving away your well-earned treasures here, will be most gratefully received.~:please:

:phew: ~This is a total wow. Love the little story that goes with it too ~ :clap: ~ :worship:
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Thanks very much. :-) :-) :-) (sorry, I am not as good with the emoticons as you are ;-))

Assuming you know the basics of 3D modelling, the trick is just to start and then use your ingenuity to one by one fix all problems that break the illusion. So you start by getting the basic impossible model looking okay. If you're not clear on how to do so, various deviants have already revealed the secrets behind their impossible objects.

Next, you'll find out that the shadow is wrong. First decide how you can make the shadow appear in the final image so that it looks okay, and then find out a way to achieve this in your 3D model. The thing to realise here is that you can accurately model objects and position them. You may need some maths (e.g. vector calculus) to determine the exact shapes and positions you need to get the effect you want.

There may be other problems to solve. In this image, there are also some tricks used to integrate the pen into the scene. Be creative, think like a magician. That's all really!
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
:highfive: Thanks, you've inspired me to download POVRay & see how far it takes me. Only (sparingly & exploratively) used Incendia, Maya & Bryce so far & what you've told me here & your image itself will spur me on.~:typerhappy:

Interestingly, when I initially looked into the image, the pen said it wasn't quite happy there, but I admired the way you'd integrated it. My brain said it should be on the paper at right, but I reasoned you'd chosen the placement as a challenge. Now I understand why.:hmm:

I love the think like a magician, now that IS a challenge! I'll take it on board as my modus operandum from now on. So far I've been only the humble acolyte so maybe time fr next level~ :w00t:~ :rofl:

:thanks:~ :iconrainbowwaveplz1::iconrainbowwaveplz2::iconrainbowwaveplz3: ~:thanks:
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
Great to hear that you are now inspired to give POVRay a go! :-) I don't want to dampen your enthusiasm, but still I think a word of warning is in place. Creating images using POVRay takes effort, especially when you do it like me. I am not using any 3D modellers for instance. My main tool is a text editor. It's a bit of a slow process. All my images have taken me several weeks of work. Having said that, I do enjoy the process and think it's a lot of fun, especially solving the various problems along the way :-).

To illustrate a bit more clearly what I mean by tackling problems one by one, I have just uploaded a deviation that shows the main steps in the evolution of my Rock The Boat image that contribute to the illusion. They're not even all steps. For example, getting the (reflective) metal surfaces to look okay also required a few tricks.
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2009
:thumbsup: Checked out those posts, thanks - most inspiring - you do have a sense of fun :thanks:

I found the other 3-D progs challenging but will give this a go. Think I really need to go to school & learn 3-D modeling, but with costs of local courses @ $AUS 6,000 it's a no-go 4me. So, slow boat to China pun intended via the tuts, disentangling the hooked tentacles of my Apophysis obsession & a fresh start (Spring always does that to me & it's only 3-4 weeks away now) & maybe by next Autumn 2010 I'll be presenting images I can feel Ok about critical eyes perusing.
Thanks fr yr help here

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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
As you may have guessed by my limited output, this is only a hobby for me (one of many) and it's all been self-taught. Undoubtedly learning state-of-the-art 3D techniques and using advanced 3D tools would improve the quality and speed of my output, but for just a hobby, that would be an overkill. It is fun enough as is. So, the point I'm trying to make, it's not necessary to go on a 3D course to get at least this far.

Let me know once you've produced impossible 3D images yourself, as I'd be interested in checking them out. Good luck with it!
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zweeZwyy Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
Yes, I wondered about that, but here on dA you get to accept people's outputs & realise some are not able to put the 16 hour days in like me, altho there are an alarming number who do :rofl:

I had a quick go with POVRay today, just to see what's what & I think it will be some months before I get the magic flowing. But I'll definitely show you if I come up with anything postable.

I like teaching myself, but I did a course in multimedia in 2006 to learn to animate in Flash & polish up on Photoshop & believe me it is the difference between taking a bus or a bullet train in terms of accelerated learning, especially in idea exchange & diffusion. I think I'm ready for 3-D modeling now, so saving $ for next year, hopefully. I live as a hermit way up in remote mountain rainforest studio, hardly see anyone for weeks as a time, so this dA is my de facto school where I learn everything digital art I can. So many generous sharing artists, yourself included. It's very nourishing. But I do look forward to some interactive group learning. :teamwork:

:thanks: :bye:
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2009
A remote mountain rainforest studio, that sounds cool, although the living like a hermit might take some getting used to. No wonder you're so active on dA! ;-)
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odinemb Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
amazing!!! very good work
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eriban Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
Thanks! :-)
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johnstrieder Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Very cool :D Would be nice if you make an insight in this secret like I did^^
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eriban Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009
Thanks :-)

I am a bit torn on whether or not to share the secret. On the hand I would like to, as I used a few nifty tricks to get all the details right, which few people will appreciate if I don't reveal them. On the other hand, keeping the mystery alive makes the deviation more intriguing I'd say. Magic tricks are best as long as you don't know how they're done.

So for now I'll keep the secrets to myself, because once the cat is out of the bag, there's no way back. I hope you understand.

Cheers, Erwin
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johnstrieder Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2009  Professional General Artist
Yeah, for me there's no way back :s

See ya!

John
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