Octavio Ocampo is one of Mexico’s most prolific artists. He describes his painting style as “metamorphic”, where the individual components that make up the painting come together to form a larger image. In the example below titled ‘Ecstasy of the Lilies’, Ocampo has painted a group of white lily flowers that come together to form the figure of a woman.
More paintings by Octavio Ocampo can be viewed at Visions Fine Arts Gallery by visiting www.visionsfineart.com.
This one minute commercial for the Honda CR-V features a number of different optical illusions. The tag line for the commercial is “An Impossible Made Possible”, and the result is a mind-bending and pretty entertaining advertisement. I typically do not like many commercials, but I must admit that this one was well done. Do you agree?
It starts off with an anamorphic street painting of several people balancing on and jumping between columns. The illusion is revealed when the car drives across the painting showing that the whole scene was painted on a flat surface. The car continues down the road and proceeds to drive right through three concrete posts rising up from the ground. These, too, turn out to be anamorphic renderings of posts drawn on a flat surface to appear 3D when viewed from a certain angle.. Two posts directly to the right of these three, however, are indeed real. The car is then seen parked on top of a table. It looks to be very small and a woman sitting at the table gently blows on the car appearing to make it move. When the car drives toward her to pick her up, the forced perspective camera technique used to create this effect is revealed. Next, a man appears to walk right through a statue to get into his car. As the camera pans down and out, the statue (and the four people standing next to the statue) are revealed to be also be anamorphic drawings on the pavement.
Next, the car drives straight through two arches that appear to be perpendicular to one another. You would think that the driver would have to make a turn to get through the second one, but he is able to just drive in a straight line through both of them. This is reminiscent of the Crazy Nuts Illusion by Jerry Andrus. In the next scene, two gentlemen are seen getting bigger and smaller as they walk to opposite ends of the frame. To do this, the set would have had to have been constructed like an Ames Room. Finally, the car and a man seen next to it appear to be hovering above the pavement. When the car drives off and the man picks up what looked to be his shadow off the ground, the illusion is revealed.
Self taught illustrator Tang Yau Hoong was born in (and is currently based in) Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He loves to play with negative space and use illusions in his minimalistic illustrations. Since 2007, he has been a freelance artist working with clients around the world. He has created artwork for editorial and advertising purposes, t-shirts, posters, book covers, and more. His illustration, shown below, is titled Light Painter. Using a simple and clever concept, a painter applies yellow paint to the night sky that resembles a beam of light from a street lamp.
These days, it seems like everyone has a mobile phone. The companies that provide coverage, like Verizon, AT&T, and Sprint, all talk about their nationwide coverage and the reliability of their networks. In order to get reliable coverage, they must erect cell phone towers all over the country. If you have seen a cell phone tower in your area, then you already know that they are extremely unattractive and take away from the natural beauty of the surrounding landscape. As such, a growing trend is emerging to disguise the towers as ordinary objects.
Below are several examples of cell phone towers camouflaged as trees. Some look more realistic than others, but you have to admit that they all look better than a traditional tower.
This musician seems to be really struggling trying to make his trumpet work. His cheeks are bright red and he is probably getting a little light-headed from trying so hard. Take a closer look at the instrument and see if you can figure out what is wrong with it.