OK Go is an American band known for their unusually quirky videos. For their latest effort promoting their new single The Writing’s on the Wall, from the forthcoming album titled Hungry Ghosts, they decided to dive head first into the realm of optical illusions. What they came up with is an entertaining music video featuring lots of forced perspective and anamorphic tricks. The entire video was filmed in one continuous take which makes the whole thing even more impressive. If they had one minor problem during the take, they had to go back and start over at the very beginning. Have a look and let us know what you think about it in the comments. Does one particular part of the music video stand out to you more than the others?
If you are a fan of optical illusions and you like physical calendars for your desk, make sure to check out Ultimate Optical Illusions: Visual Tricks to Challenge the Eye and Mind, a new 2015 Day-to-Day calendar. This full-color calendar published by Andrews McMeel Publishing and featuring artwork from Gianni A. Sarcone has a new illusion for each day of the week (Saturday and Sunday are combined on one page). On some pages, white will appear black, straight will appear bent, still images appear to be in motion, and objects even appear and disappear right from the page.
You can purchase this calendar at your favorite retailer or directly on Amazon.
This image looks like someone dipped their entire hand in black ink and then pressed it firmly on a white sheet of paper. When they removed it, however, something remarkable could be seen in the print… an image of a tiger trotting toward you. The four fingers make up the legs of the tiger and the thumb doubles as the tail. Be careful, the tiger looks to be a little bit hungry.
There is another illusion in this same series that shows a lion in a hand print. Which one do you like better? While I do like this one, I personally prefer the lion image.
It took Brusspup about 10 hours to create this anamorphic optical illusion paying homage to the 1982 movie Tron. He describes the process of taping the Christmas lights to the wall as “painstaking” as they kept falling off. Thankfully, he was patient enough to see it through to completion. When discussing the illusion, he offers the following:
I had a lot of fun creating this illusion. Ok, not really. First of all, I spent 1 week searching for the right type of lights. Every place was sold out. I just about gave up on looking but decided to try one more mom and pop store. Sure enough they had the lights I was looking for.
For another great illusion from Brusspup, be sure to revisit the Swimming Pool Illusion.
Is Ben Heine suffering from a multiple personality disorder or is this just an optical illusion? Here the real illustrator can be seen with an over-sized red pencil facing the anamorphic photographer.
The series of photographs below show how the sketch evolved on a giant sheet of white paper. Ben first drew the outline of the anamorphic photographer and then went back to complete the shading and finer details.
When speaking about his artwork in general, Ben offers the following:
I just make art for people. I want them to dream and forget their daily troubles. I used to write poems many years ago, I want to convey a poetic and philosophical meaning into my pictures, each new creation should tell a story and generate an intense emotion, like a poem, like a melody.
(via Ben Heine)
Optical illusions involving hidden skulls have been around for a very long time and modern artists continue to produce them. In this version with a fantasy-art theme, a woman wearing a white hooded cloak and black shirt stands in front of a group of white and black candles with her arms extended. Two candle holders behind her form the eyes of a skull, her shirt becomes the nose and the rows of candles transform into the teeth.
If you happen to be interested in looking at this image on a more regular basis, it is also available as a free 1280 x 800 pixel desktop wallpaper.
Last week, we posted the first place winner of the 2014 Best Illusion of the Year Contest. Today’s illusion is the third place winner called ‘A Turn in the Road’ by Kimberley D. Orsten and James R. Pomerantz from Rice University in Houston, Texas. This illusion video shows three images, two of which are matching images with a third image that does match the other two. Viewers see one image as odd, but it’s one of the two identical images that is seen as being different. Orsten and Pomerantz call this illusion a “false pop out.”