Turkey Hand Painting by Guido Daniele

Trompe L'oeil 24 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I hope everyone is having a terrific Thanksgiving.  Today’s optical illusion is an homage to the bird that many of you will be feasting on today (and likely for several more days to come in the form of left-overs).  This hand painting by Guido Daniele features a turkey.  The painting is part of his series that he calls Handimals which has received a considerable amount of international interest.

Turkey Hand Painting by Guido Daniele

(via Guido Daniele)

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Jack-o-Lantern Sun Photograph

Natural 10 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This image was captured on October 8, 2014 by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).  The SDO obverses the sun at all times as it orbits in space and captured this haunting photograph of the sun.  The sun flares at this specific time came together to cause the sun to resemble some sort of face.  And since it is orange and circular, the “face” looks like a glowing jack-o-lantern.

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This is not the first natural illusion captured by satellite cameras from space.  If you’d like to check out a couple of others, be sure to revisit the Indian in the Mountain and the Elephant on Mars.

(via NASA)

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Wonderland Ambigram by John Langdon

Ambigrams 10 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

John Langdon just e-mailed me a new brand new ambigram that he created for a project that he is currently working on.  The ambigram features the word “Wonderland” and reads exactly the same if you flip the image upside down.  I particularly like the way that the W forms the N & D when inverted.

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As you might imagine from the ambigram, the project John is working on relates to a modern day retelling of the Lewis Carroll classic Alice in Wonderland.  His version is titled Alice and the Graceful White Rabbit and is filled with puns, wordplay, and hidden Rock and Roll references just waiting to be discovered.

You can support this project and reserve a copy of the book for yourself by visiting John’s Kickstarter campaign.  The funds raised from this campaign will be used for costs associated with printing the book and compensating the illustrator who will be creating 12 full-page illustrations and a lot of smaller drawings scattered throughout the book.  As a long-time admirer of John’s art, I have backed this Kickstarter campaign and I hope that you will consider it as well.  Click here to learn more about this exciting and ambitious project.

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Donald Trump Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 3 November 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

While searching for some political optical illusions with the upcoming presidential election in the United States, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I ran across this one.  Someone was clever enough to draw out the head of Republican presidential candidate (and billionaire) Donald Trump.  Then they got their cat to lay directly on the top of the image representing his unusually furry and orange hair.

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Bravo!  Will this man be elected with the newly-released information about the FBI opening the email investigation on the Democratic candidate?  If anyone has any good Hillary-related optical illusions, please let me know and I will get it posted before election day.  Whatever your views, make sure you get out and vote!

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Disturbing Eye Painting

Miscellaneous 31 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In honor of Halloween, I thought I would post up something that I find to be a little bit on the creepy side.  Some artist (if you know who did this, please let me know and I can add a credit at the bottom of the post) decided to paint a full eye on the mouth of this woman.  There is something that is very peculiar and disturbing about this body painting.  I can’t look at it for very long with getting a little spooked.

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Have a fun and safe Halloween, I hope all the kids get lots and lots of candy!

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Two Red Snakes

Motion 29 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The two snakes appear to be in motion even though this image is completely static.  This another terrific example of an anomalous motion illusion created by Professor Akiyosh Kitaoka.  His illusions are very popular on this site, primarily because he creates some of the best motion illusions in the business.

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(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Find 11 Trout

Hidden Objects 18 October 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Try to find 11 trout in this hidden image wildlife painting by artist Steven Michael Gardner.  Look carefully as some are very easy to find while others are quite obscure.

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If you get stuck, you can find the answer to this puzzle by clicking here.

You can also order a limited edition Giclee print of this painting (as well as others by Steven Gardner) by visiting his site below.   Each order comes with a certificate of authenticity.

(via Gardner Gallery)

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