Tick by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 11 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This is an interesting motion illusion that Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka created back in 2010.  When you simply look at it, you’ll just notice a series of different-colored square outlines.  But if you use your scroll bar and move the image up and down, something interesting happens.  As the actual image moves, the square insert also appears to move in alternating directions.

tick by akiyoshi kitoaka

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Lifelike Portrait from Photograph

Miscellaneous 3 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I am always amazed when a talented artist can create a portrait that looks absolutely lifelike.  This hyper-realistic portrait of a vibrant, young girl was created by an artist using a real photograph.  You would think that with a lot of practice, anyone could create paintings such as this one.  But, as we all know, that is simply not the case.  No matter how many times I tried to paint a portrait like the one below, it would never come close to being as realistic and detailed as this one.  I just simply was not born with the requisite skill to be able to do so.

Lifelike Portrait

For the sake of comparison, here is the actual photograph that the above oil painting was generated from.

Lifelike Portrait Photo

Looks pretty good, doesn’t it?

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Hidden Cat in the Logs

Hidden Objects 2 August 2016 1 Comment

So…. hiding somewhere in this large pile of logs is a cat.  Take a quick look and see if you can find the hidden feline.

Cat in Logs

Did you find it?  Apparently, when this image was posted on Reddit, many people were completely stumped as to the cat’s whereabouts.  Several thought that the image could have been a  trick to frustrate people and deliberately waste their time.  But if you keep looking, you should be able to find he cat.  It is a common house cat, nothing out of the ordinary.  Once you see it, you will probably wonder why you missed it the first time around.

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Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

Ambiguous, Video 25 July 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Kokichi Sugihara of Meiji University in Japan created this very intriguing video featuring a series of ambiguous cylinders.  If you look at the objects placed in front of the mirror and then look at their respective reflections, you will notice that they look like completely different shapes.  How can this be?  Obviously, there is something unique about the shape of the objects, but even when they are rotated directly in front of you, it is difficult to figure out  exactly what is going on.  Because you can’t fully understand what the true shape of the objects are, the illusion continues even though you know that there must be some sort of trick involved.

This optical illusion video is a finalist for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest.

UPDATE:  This video was award the 2nd Prize in the Best Illusion of the Year Contest.  Personally, I think that it deserved to rank a little higher!

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Pikachu 3D Stereogram

Stereo 18 July 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Intrigued by the latest Pokemon craze that is sweeping the nation, stereogram artist Gene Levine decided to make a Pikachu-inspired stereogram.  Gene has not played the new Pokemon Go game (and does not intend to!), but he just kept hearing about it.  When he finally heard Bill Maher talk about the game on one of his recent shows, he knew that Pokemon fever was for real.

If you have not heard about this new game, it allows players using a mobile device to capture, battle, and train virtual creatures (which are called Pokemon), who appear on the screens of their devices as though they actually exist in the real world.

Pikachu 3D Stereogram

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Caught Inside a Bubble Optical Illusion

Color, Video 7 July 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In this video, you will see grey circles turn into circles of different colors (green, yellow, red, and purple) before your very eyes.  The bubbles are absolutely colorless (the same color as the background), but when the screen alternates between the colored circles and bubbles, phantom colors begin to appear.

This illusion was a top 10 finalist for the 2016 Illusion of the Year Contest.  It was created by Mark Vergeer, Stuart Anstis and Rob van Lier from the University of Leuven, Belgium, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and UC San Diego, USA.

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Fall Floating by Rob Gonsalves

Ambiguous 23 June 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

In this new painting by Rob Gonsalves, several rowboats can be seen floating on a leaf-covered lake.  Take a look at the closest row boat, however, and you will notice something a little different.  It seems that this boat is resting on the top of a tree.  It is very interesting how Gonsalves uses floating leaves and the reflections of the tree trunks to transition from the furthest boat to the closest boat.

Fall Floating by Rob Gonsalves

(via Huckleberry Fine Art)

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