Camouflage: The Art of Hiding in Plain Sight

Camouflage can be found in both animals and plants in the natural world. It is also a technique used by hunters, military forces, and even fashion designers. Camouflage is the art of blending in with your surroundings in order to avoid detection.

Introduction: The Art of Hiding in Plain Sight

Camouflage is a manifestation of both evolution and survival at the same time found in the natural world. Additionally, a military tactic and a method for hiding in plain sight from the enemy that has been around for centuries.

The word camouflage is derived from the French word camoufler, which means “to disguise” or “to conceal” and is a practice that dates back to the 1800s.

Among other methods, camouflage can be achieved by wearing clothes or applying paint to the skin in order to blend into the surroundings and avoid detection by an enemy.

You can use camouflage in any situation in which you need to hide. Whether you’re trying to spy on an enemy, waiting out a storm in your tent while fishing, or simply dressing up in the latest fashions.

Let’s explore how camouflage has evolved from a natural phenomenon and military application to a popular art form.

The Science of Camouflage in the Natural World

The science of camouflage is the study of how plants and animals that blend into their environment hide from being noticed or spotted by predators. It has been studied for centuries.

The first recorded observation of animal camouflage was made by Aristotle in 350 BC when he noted how an octopus changes its color to blend into its surroundings.

This is a form of crypsis, which means “hidden.” in Greek. There are several ways to create camouflage, including coloration, shape, and pattern, for example:

  • Background matching – blending into the colors and shapes of the environment where they live.
  • Disruptive coloration – markings that appear to create false edges and boundaries, making it more difficult to discern the real outline.
  • Masquerade – being indistinguishable from something else; usually something a predator would overlook, such as a stone. A few examples include living stones, some cacti, passion vines, and mistletoe.
  • Decoration – gathering materials from the environment. Some coastal and dune plants become covered in sand due to their sticky glandular trichomes, making them less noticeable.

How Animals Use Camouflage

Camouflage is used by animals to protect themselves and to avoid being detected by predators. It allows them to blend in with the surroundings without being detected.

The world around animals is constantly evolving and changing as it adapts to new challenges, and evolution is a gradual but constant process.

The colors and textures they mimic help them avoid predators because they are difficult to see. Moths, for example, can mimic the color of tree bark, frogs blend into moss, stick insects and bugs can resemble leaves, and snakes can imitate sand. 

Polar bears are massive animals with a white coat that allows them to blend in with the ice and snow of the Arctic, having evolved from the grizzly bear during the Pleistocene (Ice Age). This acts as excellent camouflage, allowing the polar bear, and others such as the Arctic Fox, to remain undetected.

In some cases, animals use their camouflage to sneak up on their prey and catch it. By understanding how camouflage works, we can get a better sense of the world around us.


Zebras’ stripes are black and white, so predators have a hard time spotting them against green grasses and brown dirt.

The zebra’s coat is distinguished by black and white stripes with a white belly and legs. This helps it blend into its surroundings, survive, and thrive in the harsh African savanna.

Zebra stripes have been discussed among biologists for many years, and multiple hypotheses have been offered to explain their function. The possibilities include:

Camouflage of a Zebra
Camouflage of a Zebra


Among the most famous animals in the world, the tiger is also renowned for its ability to camouflage. As a result of their magnificent stripes, tigers blend in with their surroundings, making it hard for prey to detect them.

It would be impossible for the tiger to survive in the jungle without camouflage. The tiger uses camouflage as a defense mechanism to blend in with its environment.


There is no doubt that Leopards & Cheetahs camouflage is one of the most effective in the animal kingdom. They blend in with their surroundings due to their spotted fur, which makes them difficult to find.

Some of the most recognizable large cats include the leopard and cheetah. Their coats have evolved over time to reflect the environment in which they live. Camouflage has thus assisted them in surviving.

You are probably familiar with the phrase; ‘A leopard never changes its spots’, which implies that no matter how much one tries, one cannot change their character. The expression, sometimes used with the phrase; ‘a leopard cannot change its spots’, refers to the idea that no one can change their innate nature.


Octopuses, squids, and cuttlefish (Cephalopods) alter their appearances to attract mates, hide, or send warning signals. Known for its iridescent blue rings, the blue-ringed octopus warns potential predators to stay away from it. In nature, it’s the equivalent of a “Don’t Touch” sign.

How do they do it?

There is a substance called chromatophores under the skin of cephalopods. The animal manipulates its chromatophores using a combination of pigment, nerves, and muscles to adjust its external appearance. The color of chromatophores changes due to “neuronal activation,” or the signal sent by the animal’s brain. A wave of color changes literally ripples through the animal’s body when it receives this signal.

Not Just Change Color

A change in color is just one way an octopus can transform its appearance. They can also modify their skin texture to mimic rocks, sand, coral heads, or other landscape elements by altering the papillae on their body.


Chameleons can modify their colors to fit their environment. Their camouflage allows them to avoid being noticed by predators or prey. Unlike cephalopods, Chameleons adjust their colors gradually and it can take them several minutes to complete the transformation.

How Plants use Camouflage

Throughout the evolution of plant species, camouflage has been an essential method of avoiding being eaten by animals. Often their leaves and flowers are colored to match the surrounding environment and protect themselves from predators.


Trillium is a genus of about fifty flowering plant species in the family Melanthiaceae. Trillium species grow in temperate regions of North America and Asia, with the greatest variety of species occurring in the southern Appalachian Mountains of the southeastern United States.

The trillium’s camouflage helps protect it from being eaten by animals. Because the leaves are green and the flowers are white, they blend in with the surrounding plants.


There are twenty three species of perennial flowering plants in the family Primulaceae called Cyclamen. The plants are indigenous to Europe and the Mediterranean region. Flowering occurs in the late summer and autumn with Cyclamen, which are grown for their flowers.

Although the flowers vary in colour, most are white, pink, or red.


Known commonly as wild ginger, Asarum is a genus of plants in the birthwort family called Aristolochiaceae. Asarum is the genitive plural of the Latin āsa meaning altar or sanctuary.

Until now, Asarum was considered a single genus with approximately eighty five species, but some botanists have begun to segregate the plant into separate taxonomic categories.

Military Camouflage

Military camouflage is the use of camouflage by military forces to conceal their position, movements, and equipment from the enemy. The principals found in the natural world still apply. and work by confusing the brain. The disruptive patterns obscure a form’s outline, making objects less likely to stand out.

However, historically, British soldiers wore highly visible scarlet coats, hence the famous cries of ‘The red coats are coming!’ While this may not have been the most sensible idea, it was nothing unique to the British Army.

American soldiers in the early 1800s wore blue uniforms and French soldiers wore red trousers. By the early 1900s, it became more prudent to hide military presence. The use of bright uniforms is restricted to formal events and parades.

In addition to its cultural functions, camouflage patterns and colors also serve as political identification.

Abbott Handerson Thayer (August 12, 1849 – May 29, 1921) was an American artist, naturalist and teacher.

Thayer is sometimes referred to as the “father of camouflage”. While he did not invent camouflage, he was one of the first to write about disruptive patterning to break up an object’s outlines, about distractive markings, about masquerade, as when a butterfly mimics a leaf and especially about countershading.

In 1909 Thayer published a book, Concealing-Coloration in the Animal Kingdom, which was widely read by military leaders.

Thayer was an advocant of countershading which is a form of coloration. For example, many deepwater fishes have light-producing organs (photophores).

This creates upper body surfaces that are more darkly pigmented than the illuminated lower areas, giving the body a more uniform darkness and a lack of depth relief.

This allows marine life to blend in with the ocean floor and light from above the surface of the water.

Countershading on Shark, or Thayer's law, is a method of camouflage in which an animal's coloration is darker on the upper side and lighter on the underside of the body.
Countershading on a Shark.

Despite his suggestion of countershading for military use was unsuccessful, he continued to believe in its potential, and held a patent for countershading submarines and surface ships.

His findings that inverted shading causes forms appear less round and solid is still accepted widely, and is sometimes referred to as ‘Thayer’s Law’.

Camouflage Artists

The earliest camouflage artists were members of the Post-Impressionist and Fauve schools of France. Contemporary artistic movements such as cubism, vorticism and impressionism also influenced the development of camouflage as they dealt with disrupting outlines, abstraction and colour theory.

The French established a Section de Camouflage (Camouflage Department) at Amiens in 1915, headed by Lucien-Victor Guirand de Scévola. His camoufleurs included the artists Jacques Villon, André Dunoyer de Segonzac, Charles Camoin and André Mare.

World War One

German submarines, known as U-boats (unterseeboots), were among Germany’s most powerful and deadly weapons during World War I. As the U-boats patrolled the Atlantic, they snuck up on British merchant ships underwater and torpedoed them.

During the course of the war, the Germans sank more than 5,700 vessels, killing more than 12,700 non-combatants in the process.

RMS Lusitania, for example, was nearing the end of her 202nd journey on 7 May 1915, from New York to Liverpool. When launched nine years prior, the magnificent Cunard liner was the world’s largest ship.

Despite the official warning issued by the Imperial German Embassy about travel on the Lusitania, it was torpedoed by SM U-20 11 miles (18 kilometers) off the Old Head of Kinsale, Co. Cork, Ireland.

There were 1,266 passengers and a crew of 696 on board, of whom 1,198 died. For weeks and months afterward, their bodies were washed ashore on the south and west coast.

The sinking of the Lusitania was an extremely significant event during World War I. Seeing so many innocent civilians die at the hands of the Germans galvanized American support for entering the war, which ultimately turned the tide in favor of the Allies.

The British were uncertain what to do at this point. Camouflage worked in land warfare, but blending an object as large as a cargo ship into the ocean was an entirely different proposition. This was especially true when there was smoke billowing from the stacks.

A Royal Navy volunteer reserve lieutenant named Norman Wilkinson – who was a painter, graphic designer, and newspaper illustrator in his civilian life – came up with a radical but brilliant solution: Make the ships conspicuous instead of hiding them.

This became know as Dazzle Patterns, sometimes called razzle dazzle or dazzle painting, used high contrast white and black patterns. Essentially a series of disruptive shapes to break up their outline. By using stripes, swirls, and irregular shapes that evoke Picasso’s or Braque’s Cubist paintings, the patterns would confuse a German U-boat officer momentarily peering through a periscope. As a result, determining the size, speed, distance, and direction of the ship would be more difficult.

The only way the Germans could observe a target was through the periscope, which they could only poke briefly through the water due to the risk of detection. By using that tiny bit of visual data, they could determine where to aim the torpedo so it would hit the ship at the same time.

Wilson’s camouflage scheme was designed to throw off those calculations by making it difficult to distinguish which end of the ship was which, and which way it was heading. As long as the dazzle camouflage threw off the calculations by just a few degrees, this could cause a torpedo miss, thereby saving a British ship.

World War Two

As with the previous conflict, the Allies and Axis powers both had their own camouflage patterns during World War II, a global conflict that lasted from 1939 to 1945. The Allies were countries that fought against the Axis powers in WWII, the Allies were led by the United Kingdom, the Soviet Union and the United States, and a number of other countries.

British Camouflage Patterns

Battledress (BD), later named the No. 5 Uniform, was the combat uniform worn by British Commonwealth and Imperial forces through WWII, and used up until the the early 1960’s. Disruptive Pattern Material (DPM) is the commonly used name of a camouflage pattern used by the British Armed Forces as well as many other armed forces worldwide, particularly in former British colonies. The main variants of DPM are a four-colour woodland pattern, and desert patterns in two, three or four colours.

American Camouflage Patterns

During World War II, the United States military developed its first disruptive camouflage pattern, the M1942 Frog Skin pattern. Over the years, and dependent on location, a variety of patterns have developed, such as Tigerstripe for close-range engagements in the jungle and the US M81 Woodland pattern.

Nazi Germany

Initial patterns of interlocking green, brown, and buff polygons with vertical “rain” streaks were known as Splittertarnmuster (Splinter Pattern). Subsquent camouflage patterns were designed by Johann Georg Otto Schick, a Munich art professor and then the director of the German camouflage research unit.

As patterns evolved, they became more leaf-like, with rounded dots or irregular shapes. There is no indication that the German names used for plane tree, palm tree, and oak leaf patterns originated with the German armed forces but were invented by post-war militaria collectors.

Digital Camouflage

In the early 2000s, the United States Marine Corps began using a multi-scale camouflage pattern called MARPAT (Marine Pattern), which replaced the Camouflage Utility Uniform.

And while it may seem counterintuitive, the digital-print look of the pixelated camos is actually notably more effective than earlier designs that sought to mimic nature. According to the military large blotchy patterns work best for long distances and small patterns work best up close.

The British used a unique version of the Universal Camouflage Pattern (UCP) and the US used their own version of the OCS pattern, which were also in use as carriers for other countries.

Óglaigh na hÉireann

Even though Ireland has a tradition of neutrality in the field of military affairs, the Irish Defence Forces are committed to development, United Nations peacekeeping, human rights, and disarmament. 

The Irish DPM camouflage pattern was issued to military personnel in Ireland in March 2000. Its design was developed by the Belgian company Seyntex and has black, reddish-brown, and olive green shapes on a light olive green base. In terms of cultural identity, the Irish camoflague pattern is affectionately known as Paddyflage.

Urban Camouflage

Urban camouflage is the use of camouflage patterns chosen to make soldiers and equipment harder to see in built-up areas, places such as cities and industrial parks, during urban warfare. During the Cold War, the British Army used a blocky, white, gray, and brown scheme known as Berlin camouflage on their vehicles. Consequently, they were able to disguise the appearance of vehicles in the city, in readiness to defend West Berlin from the Soviets.

Snow Camouflage

Snow camouflage is a type of camouflage used in cold environments, typically snow-covered landscapes. It is designed to make a person or object less visible against a snowy background.

Desert Camoflague

Desert Camouflage is a type of camouflage used in dry, arid environments. One of the most famous military vehicles was the Land Rover Series 2A Pink Panther, The Pinkie. It was used by the British Special Air Service (SAS) desert warfare operations in the Middle East from 1968 until 1984. The SAS forces had determined pink paint was highly effective desert camouflage, especially at dawn and dusk.

Solid Colour

The simple green uniform has proved a highly effective camouflage tool over time for a variety of forces, especially when soldiers are moving. You will also notice that most modern hardware is painted in solid colours rather than patterns. For instance, modern fast fighter aircraft and naval vessels often wear grey schemes.

Non-Visual Camouflage

Camouflage that does not use color or shape to blend in is known as non-visual camouflage. It uses materials and techniques that help to conceal the object from view without relying on the eye.


Through the concept of signal-to-noise ratios, auditory camouflage conceals a person’s or object’s presence from auditory detection.


An attempt to conceal objects from detection by methods such as radar, infrared, and includes the use of radar-absorbent material (RAM.)

Iron ball paint which contains tiny spheres coated with carbonyl iron or ferrite, is type of RAM, which is used on the stealth attack Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk. Radar waves create electromagnetic oscillations in this special paint, generating heat. This is how the energy from radar is dissipated, as the heat is absorbed back into the body of the aircraft.


Olfactory camouflage is a technique used by animals to avoid detection by predators or prey. By emitting an odor that is different from their natural scent, animals can mask their presence and confuse their pursuers.

Originally worn by sniper units, Ghillie suits with netting for adding local flora can be covered in muck and manure, which provides a much higher level of protective concealment.


This technique has been used since WWII and works by using a series of magnets known as “degaussing” coils. This distorts the magnetic field around a vehicle or ship from enemy magnetic mines and other weapons with magnetic sensors.

Cyber Camoflage

Unfortunately, as we all know, camouflage attacks are now modus operandi for cyber-criminals. This is a technique that allows people to mask their online identities and disguise their internet traffic. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track and identify the actual source.

A government can use electronic warfare to spread misinformation, spread political propaganda, and exploit the instant nature of social media by creating multiple fake accounts. Along with spying, espionage, and intelligence gathering, it is important that we all consider the truthfulness of the information that we consume, regardless of the platform.

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Camouflage in the Urban World

Urban camo is a fabric design used in the urban world. It is actually very easy to disguise yourself and become less visible in a city landscape using tricks like pattern, texture, shapes and colors. The basics of camouflage is pretty simple once you understand how it works.

Architecture Camouflage Techniques

Building can be a dangerous activity for both man and its impact on the environment. When a building fails to fulfill its functional purpose, it is one thing, but when its existence does not establish relations with the context of its place, it is damaging.

For example, bad architecture can cause headaches of both the literal and figurative variety and create stressful visual landscapes and experiences for the users.

Architecture camouflage techniques are used to make a building blend in with its surroundings so that it does not stand out or look out of place. This can be done by using natural materials and colours that match the environment, and it describes the application of aesthetics as a tool.

Camouflage architecture is an architectural style that allows the building to become a neutral background element. The focus during the design phase shifts toward how the users of the building might accumulate identifications through their experiences within it.

The technique of blending architecture into its given location, and overall design, is thankfully given more consideration nowadays, particularly in urban environments.

Fashion Camouflage

With fashion camouflage, you can hide your true identity and blend in with the crowd. Bomber jackets, aviators, to a camouflage jacket all are part of the fashion identity now, so beyond classic, perhaps even transcends fashion?

Not everyone who wears camouflage is a white supremacist or a member of a militia. For example, camouflage has been a staple in the musical genres of Rastafari Reggae Roots, Hip-Hop, Metal, Jungle and Drum & Bass fashion for decades. But militant aesthetics do not automatically equal militant values, war is the status quo (not the rock band!).

Like animal prints and a simple stripe, camo is a fantastic non-print print that functions like a neutral. It adds interest without being overpowering.

Just remember, that civilians wearing military attire can cause offence to veterans. Soldiers work hard to achieve distinction through their service, and when civilians wear their uniforms it diminishes their accomplishment. Personally, its regrettable that wars take place in the first place.

Whether I’m a pacifist, contentious objector, neither am I a fashionista looking to add some edgy chic with minimal effort. Nevertheless, I do find the clothing material very hard wearing, comfortable and designed with plenty of handy pockets.

Computer/Video Game Skin Packs

Regardless of the platform computer/video game skin packs are collections of textures that change the appearance of in-game objects. They are often used to change the appearance of weapons or characters.

For example, Little Big Planet and Minecraft have skin packs that feature characters from other video games, movies, television shows, alongside original designs. Whereas, action games such as Tomb Raider or Metal Gear Solid allow players to buy different clothing attributes like alternative camouflage outfits.

Narcissists, Sociopaths, and Psychopaths

Now you may be wondering what I am talking about. Narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths are so good at hiding in plain sight; you will have a hard time identifying them unless you know the signs.

In general, psychopaths are easy to talk to, charming and good at tricking others into trusting them. They use these skills to manipulate other people. Most psychopaths are skilled at camouflaging their behavior, deception and manipulating others, as well as tracking and locating people who will fail to realise their hiding or distorting of the truth.

Many people may be confused about the difference between psychopaths and sociopaths. Psychopaths are born, while sociopaths are usually “made” by their own life’s experiences. Both psychopathy and sociopathy, as well as antisocial personality disorder (APD) generally share features with narcissism or narcissistic personality disorder (NPD).

A psychopath is a naturally born person that has an intense range of anti-social behaviour. This can be compared to an individual that becomes a sociopath, which is someone who becomes increasingly anti-social.

The Future of Camouflage

The future of camouflage will be about making it more natural and less detectable. Currently research is being developed by scientists into a number of new man made materials, and other techniques which aim to make objects invisible in the future. What’s the reverse of Invisibility? Seeing something that actually isn’t there!

This new technology is very exciting and is sure to revolutionize the way we view camouflage and spill over into other solutions.

One of the disadvantages of camouflage is how it won’t work in every environment. For example, a green pattern might work well in a forest, but not so much in a city. Additionally, eliminating shadows is one of the other ongoing camouflage design issues.

For example a number of research projects and companies are exploring the following ideas:

  • Adaptive material consisting of a vinyl substrate, with a flexible image display that could adjust to a given to site-specific environment, based on satellite imagery.
  • Thermoelectric panels that could modify a soldier’s heat signature to improve their personal concealment.

Some of the new materials that will be used in the development are:

Nanotechnology, Nanomaterials & Metamaterials

Nanotechnology is the manipulation of matter on a near-atomic scale to produce new structures, materials and devices. Nanotechnology is a branch of engineering that deals with the design and manufacture of very small structures, devices, and systems.

Nanomaterials have a length scale between 1 and 100 nanometers, and has the potential to be applied to camouflage in order to make it more effective.

The future of camouflage will be based on nanotechnology, which will allow people and objects to blend into their environment more effectively than ever before.

Metamaterials are artificially created materials with unique and useful properties not found in nature. By harnessing the power of metamaterials, scientists and engineers are able to create new technologies and devices with previously unheard of capabilities.

Recent progress draws on advances in so-called metamaterials, which are microscopic structures that bend light in unnatural directions. Metamaterials have already managed to reroute microwaves, infrared radiation and, given the right circumstances, visible colours, so that they go around metal obstacles and living creatures.

Gallium Nitride (GaN)

Gallium Nitride is a semiconductor material that is used in LED lights. Electronic materials like gallium nitride are unusual in that they do so with visible light. For example, developers are exploring the concept of ‘invisibility cloaks’ that bend light to make anything behind it disappear.

Metamaterials also have the potential to be useful for certain laser surgeries, as they can guide light away from sensitive organs and collect faint signals, like those of live viruses.

Strontium-Titanium Alloy (SrTiO3)

Titanium (Ti) was discovered in 1790 and was first used as a paint additive to obtain a white color. Titanium and its alloys became widely used in industry and in the biomedical field in the second half of the twentieth century. It has been used in medical areas, such as, bone fusion, bone fixation and joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty).

Strontium-titanium alloy is a strong, lightweight material that is often used in aerospace and defense applications.

According to Prof. Costas Soukoulis is has been discovered that revealed that strontium-titanium alloy is able to change the frequency of light and can guide it, depending on the ambient temperature.

Pure Black

Colour, as we humans know it, is the result of the way light is reflected off of an object and into our eyes. Different light frequencies translate into different colors.

Pure Black is a colour that is the absence of all light. It is the darkest color possible, and is the result of the complete absorption of light. Pure black is rarely found in nature, as it requires the complete absence of light.


Vantablack is the darkest material ever made by man. The ominously named coating, which absorbs virtually all light, was created by British company Surrey NanoSystems to help eliminate stray light in satellites and telescopes.

It is so dark that it is nearly impossible to see any detail in it, as it is a material that absorbs 99.965% of the light that hits it.

In 2014, Anish Kapoor, a British-Indian sculptor, focused on installation and conceptual art, began working with Vantablack. Kapoor secured an exclusive license for artistic use, and has been using it to create some truly incredible pieces.

Black 3.0 Paint

Both Christian Furr (English painter) and Stuart Semple (multidisciplinary British artist working across painting, sculpture, happenings, technology and activism) have criticised Kapoor.

They perceive this as the act of taking something that belongs one individual, whilst denying other people the use of it unfair.

In retaliation, Semple developed a pigment called the “pinkest pink” and specifically made it available to everyone, except Anish Kapoor and anyone affiliated with him.

He later stated that the move was itself intended as something like performance art and that he did not anticipate the amount of attention it received.

Semple developed more products such as “Black 2.0” and “Black 3.0”, which to the human eyes looks nearly identical to Vantablack despite being acrylic.

“Black 3.0 Paint” is the world’s blackest black acrylic paint, absorbing 99% of the light that hits it and is perfect for creating dramatic effects. Its ultra-black color is so intense that it can be used to create stunning works of art, or to hide flaws and blemishes.

In addition, Furr-initiated new super-nano- black paint called ‘7Black’, created by Imperial College scientists Hin Chun Yau and François de Luca.


Camouflage is a visual adaptation that allows an animal or plant to blend in with its surroundings and is used by military forces around the world.

Camouflage is the use of any type of material, colour, or shape to hide or obscure an object. Camouflage can be used to hide people, animals, or objects, and also used to make something look like something else.

Camouflage is found naturally in world of both plants and animals to aid protection.

It has been adapted by humans as a technique to eliminate the volume, shape of an object or person from visual detection.

Although camouflage can come in many different forms, including colouration, shape, and behaviour. It primary aim is protect something or someone from enemies and predators.

One reason car companies camouflage their test cars is to prevent other automakers from stealing their designs and prevent the general public from getting too excited about upcoming models.

To prevent keen eyes from seeing a new model ahead of time, automakers use camouflage, which can be either vinyl wraps or additional body panels that bulk up a car’s shape. However, a vinyl wrap alone will make it easier for engineers to gauge real-world fuel economy.

The concept is the same as the Dazzle camouflage, It’s been given a great deal of layering and depth to throw off phone and camera focusing, so shots end up either out of focus or distracting attention away from the important bits automakers haven’t yet revealed to the world.

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Conclusion: The Importance of Camouflage in Everyday Life

I hope you enjoyed my blog on camouflage’s importance in everyday life. Through evolution, camouflage has transitioned from its natural origins to becoming a military tactic to a fashion statement. When we understand how it works, we can apply it effectively in our own lives.

Camouflage is a form of protection used by many animals to blend in with the environment. Plants also use camouflage to find the most suitable places to put their roots down so they can thrive. Think about this as you explore the world around you. By first understanding the science behind camouflage, you will be able to recognize its beauty.

Additionally, it can cause you to think about how things are hiding in plain sight, as opposed to being transparent for all of us to see.

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Smoking Gun

We have all heard the expressions ‘no smoke without fire’, or ‘where there’s smoke there’s fire’. These phrases mean there are rumours or signs that something is true, so it must be at least partially true?

In contrast to direct evidence, this term is commonly referred to as the strongest kind of circumstantial evidence. Although such evidence does not prove a fact in dispute directly, it allows a fact finder to infer a reasonable conclusion about its existence or nonexistence.

My inspiration for this painting came from the ‘news controversies’ we are constantly subjected to locally or globally, as well as the endless crime mysteries in the media.

During my reacquaintance with airbrushing, I thought about using camouflage to represent things and people hiding in plain sight. Keeping this concept in mind, as well as the idea of a ‘legal burden of proof,’ the three bullet holes represent a ‘Smoking Gun’.

With its camouflage-inspired elements, this contemporary fine art shatters the mainstream. Detailed airbrushing and a satin finish accented by a raised resin & mica finish highlight the fluidity of the artwork and bring out the natural grain of the wood.

It is beyond a reasonable doubt that you will be delighted with this artwork!

Smoking Gun

Original Airbrush & Acrylic Fluid Painting, on quality wooden panel.

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