This is one of my favorite designs from acclaimed Malaysian t-shirt designer Chow Hon Lam (aka Flying Mouse). I think that I am drawn to it because it is a relatively simple design that also happens to be extremely clever. In many respects, it reminds me of another great design called Light Painter by Tang Yau Hoong.
(via Flying Mouse 365)
We featured a post last year about ambiguous metal sculptures that can be created using photographs of your own face. The sculptures can either look like two faces looking at each other, or a vase (or candlestick if you have a look at the post referenced above). The design is based on psychologist Edgar Rubin’s figure / ground research from the early 20th century.
In the video example below, a small twist is applied in that the vase is not perfectly symmetrical. As it rotates on a turntable, the asymmetry gives the impression that the two faces are deep in conversation with each other.
Try to observe both the talking faces and the rotating vase at the same time. You will find that it is not possible as you can only focus on one interpretation of this figure at any given time. This unique vase was created by Hiromi Wake.
I came across this portrait in a section of Akiyoshi Kitaoka’s website where he posts optical illusions submitted by friends and other people inspired by his work. This particular portrait was created by painter Fumito ITO and depicts a man with glasses, black hair, mustache, and a goatee. Can you spot what is so remarkable about this portrait?
Continue reading the full post to see the answer.
The mossy leaf-tailed gecko, found in Madagascar, hides from predators by blending in seamlessly with its surroundings. They are nocturnal, so during the day they hide in plain sight but are still extremely difficult to locate. Can you spot the gecko below?
(via Wikimedia Commons)
Self-taught artist Humberto Machado enjoys working with many types of mediums but finds creating ambiguous drawings to be the most fun and the biggest challenge. Using negative space in this drawing, he presents both an angry (hungry?) lion and a cheerful monkey swinging from a tree branch that occupy the same space.
One of my personal favorites from Humberto Machado is called Mad or Sad? and features an ambiguous pair of faces occupying the same space. More of Humberto’s ambiguous drawings can also be found in his latest book from Tate Publishing titled What Do You See?
In another interesting video from Brusspup, he shows us how to create a cool rolling toy using foam rings, a glue gun, and sandpaper. The toy is based off of a wooden toy originally designed by Peer Clahsen called Sin. As you can see in the video below, this toy is not difficult to make and the effect that it produces is quite remarkable.
Discussing this video and project on Youtube, Brusspup offered the following:
I added another set of 2 to see what type of effect I could get and I was surprised how cool it turned out. I sprayed the 4 version with UV paint and then used black lights. In the sideways sequence at the end, the illusion is spoiled a bit because you can see the glue. If you use use less glue, the effect would be better.
If you have not already watched Brusspup’s amazing anamorphic illusions video, be sure to check it out.
Mach505 from Truly Design created this anamorphic painting using acrylic and spray paints on the floor and walls of an abandoned school near Torino, Italy. The painting features an uroboros (an ancient symbol depicting a snake eating its own tail) which symbolizes continuity and represents the cyclical nature of things.
Additional photographs of this painting can be found below.