Lion or Monkey Optical Illusion

Ambiguous 31 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

Lion or Monkey by Humberto Machado

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?

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Cool Rolling Toy from Brusspup

Video 27 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

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Trioroboro Anamorphic Illusion

Anamorphosis 24 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

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.

TRIOROBORO

Additional photographs of this painting can be found below.

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M&M Bulge Illusion

Miscellaneous 20 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Using Legos and two colors of M&Ms, Mary Coffelt, Briena Heller, and Michael McCamy created the following optical illusion at Martinez-Conde and Macknik Laboratories, Barrow Neurological Institute.  The way that the candies are arranged on the checkered Lego pattern, the object appears to bulge even though the surface is flat.  This bulge illusion was originally created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka of Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.

m&m bulge illusion

(via Scientific American)

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Turning Wheel Optical Illusion

Animation 17 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Which way is this wheel turning?  Are you sure?  Stare at it for a little while and you might find that the direction the wheel is rotating in will change.

Spinning Wheel Optical Illusion

(via foto-jennic.com)

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10 Faces Found in Random Places

Ambiguous 14 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Chances are, you see things on a daily basis that resemble other things.  This phenomenon is known as pareidolia and occurs when something meaningful is found in something that otherwise is not very meaningful.  One of the most common occurrences of pareidolia is when inanimate objects (such as clouds, rocks, or buildings) look like faces.  Some scientists believe that our brains are actually hard-wired from birth to identify human faces as a kind of built-in survival mechanism.  Whatever the reason, many of them are quite convincing and highly entertaining.

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Continue reading to see nine additional examples of faces found in random places.

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Platforms by Aakash Nihalani

Anamorphosis, Animation 11 March 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Today’s illusion is called Platforms.  It is an art installation created by Aakash Nihalani using tape on the wall and ground for Parrish Art Museum in Long Island, New York.  This anamorphic creation gives the impression that four square platforms are floating in space.  The man seen in the picture appears to attempting to jump from the first platform to the second one.  How successful do you think he will be?

"Platforms" by Aakash Nihalani

Jumping from the first platform to the second platform would prove to be extremely difficult.  The animation below helps to show how this anamorphic work looks from an alternate angle.

Platforms Animation by Aakash Nihalani

Regarding his art, Nihalani notes:

People need to understand that how it is isn’t how it has to be.  My work is created in reaction to what we readily encounter in our lives, sidewalks and doorways, buildings and bricks.  I’m just connecting the dots differently to make my own picture.  Others need to see that they can create too, connecting their own dots, in their own places.

(via Aakash Nihalani)

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