Alchemists Skull Illusion

Rence and Mario from Netherlands have been using this skull pillow for few months, until they noticed there’s an illusion in it. Can you spot the illusion yourself, before reading the explanation? At least give it a try… Here’s what Mario said: “This is our pillow. We’d been sleeping on it for half a year until we noticed that the picture of a skull is actually two alchemists!!! Hopefully you’ll place our picture on the site!” Similar illusion can be seen in Aerosmith’s new album cover.

 

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Wolverine or 2 Bat Men ?

Just received this optical illusion submission from two sources, almost at the same time. Usually when such things happen, it means that the illusion in focus just went viral around the net. I guess same goes for the comic below. Depending on are you a Marvel Universe or DC Comics Universe fan, you might see this illusion differently. So what is it? Which superhero did you see first? Was it Wolverine, or two Batmans instead? BTW, what is the plural for Batman? Is it Bat Men or Batmans? Dunno…

 

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Anne’s Transformations

Anne Schneeberger is a conceptual photographer living in New Zealand. As her portfolio reveals, her work must’ve been influenced by great works of M.C. Escher and Robert Gonsalves. The obvious difference between Anne and Rob’s works is that Anne uses real life photography (enhanced by the power of Photoshop), while Rob traditionally painted his paintings. I really like what Anne sent us, specially the one showing great mountains transform themselves into a ship. This must’ve been a homage to Rob’s Ships and Arches illusion. Can you see the illusion motive in all of the photos below? Only one I still have trouble with is the one with mountains covered in fog. Which one is your favorite?

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Tilit-Shift Quarry Illiusion

First time I was introduced to tilt-shift photography, was when I discovered Olivio Barbieri’s work. We have even showcased some of his works through this website. I’m not sure if Olivio originally discovered this technique or not, but what I know for sure is what Graham A. Stephen submitted, is equally impressive! Graham’s work should be of great interest to our audience, because the author was kind enough to provide both versions, one including and the other lacking the implemented effect. Check out how the construction site appears in both versions! What I would like to know, is whether this technique can be reversed? Would it be possible to force the miniature replicas to appear bigger (and are the Hollywood studios using this)? Also, can the tilt-shift technique be applied to almost any scenery? So many questions, so many of you to answer them 😀

 

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Feng-Shui Dragon and New Server

If you’re wondering why there hasn’t been any update for the last two days, well it’s because I was preoccupied moving this website to whole new dedicated server! There shouldn’t be any visual difference at your end, except the website should load from different IP address, and perform much faster and more stable during our spike moments. We have upgraded the bandwidth to 1Gbps, and now have 8 brand new processors to serve the content 😀 Whoohoo! Anyway, the only thing we’ve lost during the migration were some of your comments. Last 50 of them to be more precise, but this shouldn’t be too hard to re-collect. So now that I’ve informed you about the changes, we can safely proceed to our daily illusion. Let’s see what I have prepared for you today: can you spot a subtly-incorporated dragon inside the landscape below? This one was painted by artist Chow Hon Lam.

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Elevator Optical Illusion in Philippines

Elevators can be a scary place to be in, specially if something goes wrong. Since childhood, ideas of being trapped by an elevator, or a malfunction happening at the moment we use them, has given us nightmares. Still, I don’t think its that common that each time we step onto a lift, the prospect of dying crosses our minds. We know the odds are in our favor, so if something happens, it will probably happen to someone else, right?

Shoppers in Philippines, however, were in for a frightening ride recently. The lift at the Southside Shopping Centre in Quezon City Philippines, gave shoppers a true scare. The elevator had a realistic optical illusion painted, just like that Anti-smoking ceiling we featured before. This time the floor was done in a way toappear it was missing. As customers stepped onto the elevator, their hearts skipped a beat as they were surely in for a surprise  it look so thrilling!.

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

Poetically Sweet & Spooky Stuff

While we do a lot of skull illusions, few seem as romantic and touching as these three. In fact, Vurdlak already posted one by artist Karl Kwasny, who did the first and last ones in this post. I have to admit, I am attracted to Kwasny’s art for the very same reason Vurdlak is – the clean lines with sweet imagery make them hard to ignore, especially when paired with a spooky poem, like the one accompanying Karl’s Sistersillusion:

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You’d better watch your footing
as the ground’s like thickened cream
there’s an awful secret
waiting down beside the stream

This next illusion was done by DeviantArt user MelloLover. While it might not come with a lovely poem like the one above, the artwork itself, adorned with the title Some of Us Change is simply beautiful. Everything about this work seems to invoke a story of dying love and a heartache…

 

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Lastly, another impressive work by Karl Kwasny, even though not having a poem attached to it, is still beautiful and tragic as it shows the two boys kids back to back against a full moon.

 the one on the left is a girl, I should have caught that and didn’t. My apologies for the mistake.

 

 

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What do you guys think? Do these works make you feel for lost loves and deceased loved ones? Or are they too sugary-sweet and tragic to swallow?

By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

The Impossible Font

I’m certain that most of you illusion purists are already very familiar with the Penrose triangle illusion as it has already been featured extensively on the site. That being said, this great impossible font titled “Frustro”by its creator Martzi Hegedűs brings an entirely new angle (pardon the phun) to this classic illusion.

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While Hegedűs has not yet added a download option so you can actually use the font yourself, he does show how it was created and the page also shows every letter and symbol in the font so someone else could, hypothetically, turn it into a useable font.

By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

What’s With Them Legs?

I’ve just received this photo from my brother and few others (simultaneously), so I guess it’s important we feature it. It took me few moments to spot the illusion, yet I still haven’t managed to decode it. What I’m certain, is there were no digital manipulations nor photoshopping involved. So, can you help me understand how their legs managed to pull this off? Strange, indeed…

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By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)

The Art of Shadow and Light

The real key to making shadow art isn’t the shadow itself, but the light and the objects blocking the light that eventually come together to make an image in the darkness. That’s why it’s actually a bit surprising that so few of the artists working with this format have experimented with objects that do not block the light, but instead just manipulate it.

That’s why this design by Azerbaijan artist Rashad Alakbarov is simply so wonderful. The colored glass pieces block the light, using the same concept as shadow art, but the result is something so much more beautiful – an entire painting created with nothing more than a colored light.Image

By Marco Agbuya (chaowlah)