Props go to Marcus for discovering and sharing this wonderful 3d pencil drawing created by reddit user fnord-prefect. Totally realistic if you ask me, it almost lures you to try and look under the table to see the rest of the greek columns bursting out from the paper grid. I totally love this one. How about you?
When I receive exactly the same optical illusion from different people in very short timeframe, it usually means this particular item has recently become viral around the net. Illusions as “What’s with them Legs?” and today’s photo are perfect example of viral illusory photos. Check out the oldboy in the below photo? Can you see why is this an illusion? Be careful though – once you see it there’s no going back!
Water Dancers is another magnificent illusory painting by Rob Gonsalves, a Canadian painter of magic realism with a unique perspective and style. We have seen multiple examples of paintings in which detailed images are intricately woven together to create larger images – the optical illusions fading back and stepping forward as you study the pieces, notice the details, and finally recognize the large scale intention.
But Rob’s paintings include one additional aspect – sometimes it’s not that easy to dissect and pinpoint where one motive ends and its transformation into another begins (see Camels in The Night, Cathedral of Commerce and Ships and Arches for better understanding).
Although Gonsalves’ work is often categorized as surrealistic, it differs because the images are deliberately planned and result from conscious thought. I think it goes without saying that all of these paintings take their author notable amount of time before he finishes them (planning each piece in order to make the transitions flawless).
When I start digging, and go through all your previous illusion submissions that haven’t been posted yet (which I just did today), I usually find some extraordinary pieces that somehow managed to slip my sight initially. One such great example is this magnificent photo (painting?) picturing two islands that resemble something much more than just ordinary pieces of land. Do you see them forming a giant violin or is it just me?
Gabriele and Vid both pointed me at the same time to this recent photo of buildings located somewhere in Egypt. With its original title “The building I thought was in front is actually behind the other one“, question I’m about to ask comes naturally – so which one do you think is actually standing in front of the other? Who knows, perhaps there are some of our Egyptian friends among us, who can confirm our findings!
Josh Sommers This Escheresques and Impossible CG Objects, that I found out little later were done by Josh as well, are truly wonderful piece of art. Today I prepared part this article of his impossible object collection. The “impossible objects” he created digitally, are nothing new frankly (similar cubes, triangles and pyramids we have seen dozens of times in the past). But their visual appearance is breath taking! When I first received these images, I believed they represent true photos of some amazing real life structures, that are shot from specific angle, so that they appear impossible in their nature. Best example can be found here.
In the beginning we had rollers and snakes, optical illusions born accidentally, probably as a by-product to some sort of color experiments. Most of them were invented by a Japanese professor, Akiyoshi Kitaoka. Since then, optical illusion societies have grown. Just look at our website, for example. Many enthusiasts began experimenting with existing material. While during the process, some of them developed their own style, adding great value to this particular topic.
Observe the patterns below, and you may find them somehow relaxing. Even though posing as static images, they manage to give you that motion feeling, making our head hurt and eyes spin. Which one was your favorite? I like the one including Volkswagen Beetles, but I believe we had that one already.
So, I’m a prophet now? Hehe, really liked that particular comment in my previous post 🙂 Seems we have reached a point, where all those optical illusion billboard ads start to repeat themselves. Same goes for other types of illusions too. But as you see, I try to reduce the effect by posting only the most attractive ones. Today’s example is a homage to Escher’s Relativity; Starbucks used it in a way to promote their coffee brand. It caught my attention, I admit… But Beyonce Henry Lim had the best Relativity homage ever!!!
Long time viewers will immediately think of this optical illusion when they gaze their eyes on the photo below. Yes, it’s the same old principle, only last time you had to spot the hidden bean man. This time your goal is to find 3 lady bugs and 3 bean babies. Our latest submission is also part of the contest I mentioned earlier. It has been photoshopped, but this is irrelevant with these kind of puzzles. Btw, just found out this one was also created by Nasir Khan.