Tribute to Rob Gonsalves

Ambiguous 18 September 2017 2 Comments

I am extremely saddened to have learned about the passing of one of the great masters of illusion – Rob Gonsalves.  According to his official Facebook page, Rob passed away on June 14, 2017.  I just found out about this a week ago when speaking to a mutual acquaintance.  I was fortunate to feature several of Rob’s paintings in a couple of optical illusion art books that I published – The Art of the Illusion and The Art of Deception.  His talent and imagination had no boundaries and will be missed.

(via Huckleberry Fine Art)

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Tilted Lines Optical Illusion

Estimation 5 September 2017 2 Comments

This optical illusion, designed by Victoria Skye, is based on the Cafe Wall Illusion.  Do the dark blue horizontal bars appear to be parallel or angled?

If they look angled to you, have another look or grab something with a straight edge as they are straight and parallel.  The alternating black and white patterns where the lines intersect and the colors all work together to fool your brain.

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Green or White Arrows?

Ambiguous 28 August 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

What is the first thing you see when you look at this image?  Do you see four white arrows pointing outward or four green arrows pointing inward?  Can you see all eight arrows?  Try to flip-flop back and forth between the two different variations of this ambiguous green and white image.

(via Bob Ausbourne)

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Sparkle Illusion by Gene Levine

Motion 15 August 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Believe it or not, the Sparkle Illusion was inspired by an automobile.  You might not see a car in this image, but the basis of the pattern started with a graphic of the front grill of a Lexus.  Gene then manipulated the grill graphic to create the pattern below.  Finally, he incorporated the stars with the white dots in the middle that appear to pulsate or sparkle.  The end result is a very interesting pattern that plays tricks on your eyes.

(via Gene Levine)

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Weaving of a Spring Dream by Rob Gonsalves

Ambiguous 8 August 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

At the top of this painting created by Rob Gonsalves, a lady is napping on a couch under a blanket while enjoying the warm heat being thrown off by the nearby fireplace.  If you look at the bottom of painting, it appears to be a scene from a park with trees, paths, bushes, and a water fountain.  Rob Gonsalves was able to merge these two scenes together where the rug in the room at the top of the painting transitions into the water fountain scene seen below.  The end result is a confusingly ambiguous painting where two different realities co-exist.

(via Huckleberry Fine Art)

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Optical Illusion Coffee Mug

Miscellaneous 20 July 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I recently came across an interesting coffee mug that is available for sale on Zazzle.  As a fan of optical illusions, I thought it was a very clever design for an otherwise ordinary drinking vessel.  The spatial geometric design gives the illusion that the mug is concave rather than having a truly cylindrical design.

If you’d like to order your very own optical illusion coffee mug, you can find it here.

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Dynamic Muller-Lyer Illusion

Animation, Estimation 5 July 2017 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Gianni Sarcone emailed me earlier today letting me know about a new animation that he created based on a classic optical illusion.  The animation consists of 26 different frames and helps to demonstrate the Muller-Lyer illusion.  In this illusion, discovered in the late 19th century, the presence of arrows gives the appearance that equal segments of the line are different lengths.

Have a look for yourself.

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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