John Pugh is a trompe l’oeil artist – someone who paints art that gives the illusion of something three dimensional.
You can see a small sample of his work below. For more take a look at this Daily Mail article here and some more pictures over here. [via DCP]
Treasure trove: An Egyptian style mural adorns a wall in Los Gatos, California. Pugh paints people into the mural to heighten the 3D effect - Copyright John Pugh
Wonder wave: John Pugh's Mana Nalu mural in Honolulu. Fire crews rushed to save the children from the mighty wave - before realising it was an optical illusion - Copyright John Pugh