camouflage 3

here is more on the art of dazzle camouflage, razzle dazzle, or dazzle painting
The primary object of this scheme was not so much to cause the enemy to miss his shot when actually in firing position, but to mislead him, when the ship was first sighted, as to the correct position to take up. [Dazzle was a] method to produce an effect by paint in such a way that all accepted forms of a ship are broken up by masses of strongly contrasted colour, consequently making it a matter of difficulty for a submarine to decide on the exact course of the vessel to be attacked.... The colours mostly in use were black, white, blue and green.... When making a design for a vessel, vertical lines were largely avoided. Sloping lines, curves and stripes are by far the best and give greater distortion.
here is an interesting article about the relationship between artists and the war industry in a review of an exhibition called artists and camouflage.
here is good article as well.
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The Bible in the US woodland camouflage pattern, first introduced in 1989.

camouflage 2

Apparently Jeff Koons designed the exterior of the yacht Guilty, owned by billionaire Dakis Joannou. His design is inspired by the camouflage mentioned in the first post, and by, I think, lego and obviously Roy Liechtenstein.
By the way the designer of the boats camouflage in the post of yesterday is called Maurice Freedman, He was, and I quote,  the district camoufleur for the 4th district of the U.S. Shipping Board, Emergency Fleet Corporation. The plans shown are not for war vessels but for merchant ships.
Dakis Joannou's jeff koons yacht
Dakis Joannou's jeff koons yacht



I found this article about the camouflage of war vessels around WWI. I came across the painting "dazzle ships in drydock in Liverpool" by Edward Wadsworth.
File:Dazzle-ships in Drydock at Liverpool.jpg

the great site but does it float has an article about camouflage, and it links to a nice site of the RISD with tens of sketches of the graphically stunning designs for the war vessels which can be found here.