We got this by email a while ago and we never got around to publishing it. These are some very funny and pretty unusual pictures – two faces in one. I’m presuming these are quite old.

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Author: Rex Whistler (thanks GreatAssGoblin)

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Posted by cjsavvy | February 16th, 2009 4:29 pm

Fucking creepy stuff!

Posted by bonez565 | February 16th, 2009 8:06 pm

Awesome and talented artwork that takes an impressive level of skill in order to make the face make sense in both orientations.

Posted by Jessica | February 16th, 2009 8:31 pm

I love them!!

Posted by GreatAssGoblin | February 16th, 2009 8:38 pm

These are all done by Rex Whistler. I don’t think there is an official online source for his work.

Posted by Timmy | February 17th, 2009 12:41 am

…The third and last ones are duplicates…

Posted by Jokesboy | February 17th, 2009 10:40 am

The second and the 8th one are perfect, others don’t look perfect faces.

Posted by agghtea | February 17th, 2009 11:32 am

@GreatAssGoblin (!)

Hardley Google Magic for these:

and (obviously…):


I know wiki is cheating but it has links to Creative Commons books which you can get hold of!

Posted by David Sisley | February 17th, 2009 5:28 pm

Awesome, Impressive, This level of work takes a great deal of skill in order to make the faces make sense in both orientations.

Posted by d3NieD | February 17th, 2009 6:51 pm

Genius… These drawings are amazing :0) Well done !

Posted by tmtnsc | February 17th, 2009 7:26 pm

god! damn it! they are amazing, i wish i got a chance to take a look other pictures of whoever drew those

Posted by ryan | February 17th, 2009 11:05 pm

I love pictures and paintings like those. The skill it takes to create the perspectives in mind boggling.

Posted by wawawewa | February 18th, 2009 8:17 am


Posted by Trent | February 18th, 2009 9:43 am

wawawewa, enlighten me and tell me how someone would photoshop something like that? I had an artist come into my call once and show us one he’d done. Sure, it wasn’t as amazing as these, but it was the same thing. Are you saying he shopped it too? And woo! Congrats to the person who made these! It must take a lot of work, time and imagination to do this.

Posted by ferdek | February 18th, 2009 10:24 am


Posted by Guffin Mopes | February 18th, 2009 4:30 pm

Very cool stuff, I’ve only ever seen the one popular “optical illusion” one before.

Bookmarked and stumbled.

Posted by meneame.net | February 18th, 2009 5:30 pm

Como los ambigramas, pero con caras…

Un ambigrama es una palabra que admite dos lecturas distintas en función de si uno la lee al derecho o al revés. Si hacemos lo mismo con las caras, el resultado es algo parecido a esta colección de "ambicaras". Los dibujos son obra de Rex …

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Posted by juanma | February 18th, 2009 10:55 pm

There is more than one repeated.

Posted by MaX | February 20th, 2009 11:27 am

lol, Nice job

Posted by Ambigramas, pero con caras | February 20th, 2009 4:25 pm

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Posted by Newsbreaker | February 20th, 2009 5:08 pm

This is obviously photoshopped. any amateur who has used photoshop can see that the shades are all wrong

Posted by Content Writing | February 21st, 2009 8:44 am

great images thanks for sharing!!!

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Posted by Brogol | February 23rd, 2009 3:05 am

I love the concept. :D
Here my modest work on a Upside Down Face:
Upside here
and down here

Posted by blah | February 23rd, 2009 8:22 pm

These are very cool, but I wanted to let you know that the lame-ass comments about more that one being repeated have been repeated.

Posted by Unos ambigramas hechos con caras | Smultron POTENCIA !! | February 23rd, 2009 10:40 pm

[…] Estos curiosos ambigramas hechos con caras fueron diseñados por el artista inglés Rex Whistler a principios del siglo XX, por lo visto el bueno de Rex se encontró por casualidad con este efecto, y dedico bastante tiempo a experimentar con ellos. Puedes ver más de sus obras en este enlace. […]

Posted by Jeff | February 24th, 2009 12:50 am

It appears to me that some “children” commenting on these have never actually picked up a pencil and tried to draw something on actual paper. Put down the xbox controller and turn off the computer and actually try to teach yourselves how to do something creative, there is a whole other world out there that’s called “reality”.

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Posted by Clubit.tv | February 25th, 2009 3:32 pm

Amazing! very amazing

Posted by fish tank aquariums | February 26th, 2009 7:21 am

I’ve always been very impressed by the people who come up with this art.

Posted by short&stout | February 27th, 2009 10:53 pm

Shut your spout !

Posted by Alex | February 28th, 2009 4:17 am

Thank you thank you thank you GreatAssGoblin!!!! my grandfather gave me an illustration art book more than 2 decades ago when I was very little, due its bad condition there was no info about the authors so It was always a mystery for me who drew those pictures. Again Thank you!

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Posted by sir jorge | March 14th, 2009 5:39 am

those are incredible, wow, those are just cool

Posted by Dennis | March 14th, 2009 8:01 am

Funny, the third face (first on the second panel) looks just like a friend of mine down the road from my place. I will have to show him.

Posted by MegaFill | May 11th, 2009 5:11 pm

Oh, My child love this picture! I bought him 3 book like this ;)

Posted by Jordan | June 10th, 2009 9:39 pm

Wow, this is really cool!

Posted by Креатив | June 20th, 2009 3:34 pm

lol) We wont more pic!

Posted by Amy | July 9th, 2009 1:05 am

Pretty wicked upside down faces! :)

Posted by Mike | July 25th, 2009 8:09 am

This type of art is so creative. It takes a special kind of person that can look at things just a little differently then the rest of us. Carry on, good job!

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Posted by Tony ArtFanatic | August 31st, 2009 6:29 pm

Hi all, just thought I’d bring it to your attention these photos are not hand drawn. Every artist who is up to date ‘on the scene’ can tell you these have been photoshopped by computer programs running experiments on human face recognition and also symmetries. The Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Federal Institute of Technology pioneered the work where the only coding the computers had were designed to adapt and rewrite itself to improve symmetric relationships between images it was shown and this is what it came up with!

Posted by Theotherwhistler | October 30th, 2009 5:00 pm

It’s great that you like this work (I was brought up on the upside-down faces!) but I’m afraid all these images are still in copyright, controlled by DACS. http://www.dacs.org.uk/

I laughed at Tony ArtFanatic’s message. Just because The Laboratory of Intelligent Systems at the Federal Institute of Technology has caught on doesn’t mean an artist couldn’t have done it without them! There are ways and ways of being ‘on the scene’, and one of them is to check your facts.

Posted by pligg.com | October 31st, 2009 8:34 am

Funny face drawings…

Upside Down Faces, optical illusions…

Posted by pligg.com | October 31st, 2009 9:04 am

Upside Down Faces…

Upside Down Faces, optical illusions…

Posted by Jordan | November 13th, 2009 6:55 pm

I swear i had to bend over backwards to see some of these. This is just great! The minds eye that created them is so sophisticated.

Posted by yentit.com | December 8th, 2009 12:36 pm

Upside Down Faces…

Upside Down Faces, optical illusions…

Posted by David | February 24th, 2010 1:30 pm

Just wanted to add to Theotherwhistler’s remark – my grandmother had a book of these, by RexWhistler, called OHO. The book would be dated probably about 1910. Not a lot of photoshopping back then.

Posted by David | February 24th, 2010 1:33 pm

Me again – should have heeded the advice of others and checked facts – the book is on Amazon, dated 1946.

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Posted by James EAvenue | September 24th, 2010 6:34 am

Very impressive. It’s a great illusion you have created.


Posted by Content Writing India | January 6th, 2011 2:29 am

Great Pics! Brilliantly sketched too!

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