Owl Tessellation by Nikita Prokhorov

Tessellation 27 July 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Looking through some of the categories, I realized that I haven’t posted any tessellation patterns this year at all.  One of my favorite designs from graphic designer Nikita Prokhorov is the following tessellation that features interlocking blue and red owls.  The horizontal branches that run through the pattern and act as a perch for the owls are a very interesting element and add to the overall design.

Owl Tessellation by Nikita Prokhorov

For more tessellations designed by Nikita Prokhorov, be sure to have a look at Ravishing Rabbits Tessellation and Foxes Tessellation.

(via Nikita Prokhorov)

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Currents Mural by John Pugh

Trompe L'oeil 23 July 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

John Pugh creates large public trompe l’oeil murals that are meant to look like realistic scenes.  In a personal artist statement, John says that:

Public art is of great interest to me; providing me with a sense of purpose as it is a very powerful form of communication. It can link people together, stimulate a sense of pride within the community, and introduce the viewer to new ideas and perspectives.

The mural below shows a couple of uniformed police officers interacting with two different sets of individuals.

Currents by John Pugh #1

Currents by John Pugh #2

Here is what the side of the building looked like before John installed his mural.  It was a very drab and boring gray brick wall with some very unimpressive landscaping placed in front of it.

Currents by John Pugh #3

View the full post to see see some early sketches created by John while he was planning out this mural.

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Concentric Circles by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Estimation 20 July 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Have a look at today’s image that was created by Professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, Japan.  We’ve posted images similar to this one in the past, but I thought that it was a pretty good representation of an old optical illusion concept.  Each of the rings are circles, even though they certainly do not appear to be.  The rings are also concentric while having the appearance of being very distorted.

Concentric Circles by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Check out the Warped Circles Optical Illusion to see a video of this same illusion.

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Anamorphic Glass of Water

Anamorphosis, Video 16 July 2015 1 Comment

I always love when visitors send me optical illusions that I haven’t seen before.  Today’s YouTube video was sent in by Abdul from couponmachine.in and features an anamorphic drawing of a glass of water.  This video was created by a professional and passionate artist named PortraitPainter Pabst.  The best part of the video is the time-lapse which shows the creation of this glass of water from a blank page all the way to a completely three-dimensional anamorphic finished product.

To see more videos that feature anamorphic creations, be sure to check out Anamorphic New Year Wishes from Punya Mishra and Brusspup’s Swimming Pool Illusion.

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Allusions by Tom French

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This limited edition screen print created by Tom French uses a mixed media technique to create a very dark image resembling a skull.  On his website, Tom French and his particular style of painting are described as follows:

Through his work, French focuses on the reflection of the conscious and unconscious mind. His oil paintings are a skillful combination of academic realism and surrealism, enveloped in carefree, loose and ostensibly unfinished abstract forms.  This unique fusion of figurative realism and lively abstraction treads the fine line between the beautiful and the unsettling, allowing layers of narrative to filter through whilst bringing life and movement to his compositions.

What is the first thing that you see when you view this screen print?

Allusions by Tom French

The following two close-up photographs help show the detail contained on the screen print.

Allusions by Tom French - Detail

Allusions by Tom French - Detail 2

(via Tom French)

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Out of Africa Stereogram by Gene Levine

Stereo 9 July 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

While browsing through some of the illusion categories on An Optical Illusion, I realized that I have not posted any stereograms at all during 2015.  That seems like a shame because I have always been a big fan of this type of artwork.  Today’s image is a brand new design created by stereogram master Gene Levine titled ‘Out of Africa’.  Stare at this image… can you figure out what is hidden within the colorful pattern?

Out of Africa Stereogram by Gene Levine

For more stereogram designs from Gene Levine, be sure to take a look at Leapfrog Stereogram and Stop Stereogram.

(via Gene Levine)

If you are having trouble seeing the hidden image, or would like to see the solution, view the full post for the reveal (solution).

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Chain by Andreas Aronsson

Impossible 6 July 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

If you take a look at this design from Andreas Aronsson, you will see that each link of the chain is connected in a perpendicular manner in a way that could not physically be possible.  According to Andreas:

I had this one sit in my notebook for, I think, more than six months. It took a few iterations just to get right on paper, and it took until I had a bigger span of time available for drawing to actually make it on the computer.

It certainly is an odd-looking chain.

Chain by Andreas AronssonTo see more impossible figures created by Andreas Aronsson, be sure to check out Hoops and Impossible Stairs.

(via Andreas Aronsson)

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