3D Typography from Lex Wilson

Anamorphosis, Video 18 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Lex Wilson lives in Nottingham, UK and describes himself as a self-certified obsessive compulsive doodler.  He uses anamorphic techniques to create 3D typography that appears to stand off of the page when viewed from a specific angle.  His sketch below, showing a raised “HIGH” and a sunken “LOW”, is a good representation of his impressive 3D doodling.

High Low

The following YouTube video helps to show how it looks three-dimensional when the right viewing angle is found.

To see another three-dimensional pencil drawing, be sure to check out Beckoning to the Evil by Nagai Hideyuki.

(via Lex Wilson)

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The Shapes of Imagination

Shadow 14 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

John V. Muntean, the creator of the Magic Angle Sculpture, was recently commissioned by Ogilvy & Mather to create this sculpture using more than 18,000 LEGO® bricks for display in the Singapore LEGO store.  The true magic of the model, measuring 50cm x 50cm (nearly 20 x 20 inches), can only be seen when shining a light on it from the right angle and rotating it to three distinct positions.

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Photographs of what happens when you do this can be seen below.

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The Chameleon

Animation, Trompe L'oeil 11 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Do you notice anything peculiar about this chameleon standing on a green branch?  Would you believe that it is actually not a chameleon at all?  Would you believe that it is made of two painted women?  Take a look at the image a bit closer and you can figure out exactly how this extraordinary body painting was done.

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Watching the animation of the chameleon walking below, you can begin to see how the two women are configured and painted to resemble the lizard.

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Johannes Stoetter and his assistant (Saphira) spent about four hours planning this project and then another six hours actually painting the two women featured.

(via Johannes Stoetter)

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Green Haired Girl

Forced Perspective 8 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

At first glance, it kind of looks like this girl has a wild head of green hair, doesn’t it?

Green Haired Woman

To see additional photographs that use strange angles and a bit of ruse, please be sure to check out the Grabbing the Tower Optical Illusion and the Strange Looking Kid Optical Illusion.

(via Koldunov Brothers)

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The Ambiguous Cat

Ambiguous 4 May 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Take a quick look at this cat on a stairway.  Do you think that the cat is climbing up the stairs and heading down the stairs?  Depending on how you look at it, you can probably perceive either to be true.  Maybe there are some clues on the photograph that could help you draw your own conclusion.

The Ambiguous Cat

I have my opinion, but I do not know what the correct answer is.  What do you think?  Is the cat heading up the stairs or down the stairs?

To see another ambiguous cat, have a look at the cat and mouse optical illusion.

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Wavy Hair by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 30 April 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The circle in the center of this wavy yellow and purple pattern appears to move to the right while the background appears to moving to the left.  The motion effect on this one is incredibly strong for me.  I don’t know if it is the colors, or what, but it certainly seems like an animation to me.  It just seems like it is constantly moving.

Wavy Hair by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

A couple of other great motion illusions from Professor Kitaoka are Moving Mona Lisa Face and Rotating Grapes.

(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Milking Out by Flying Mouse

Miscellaneous 27 April 2015 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

When I started this blog a few years ago, I was in need of some sort of header, or masthead, for the site design.  At the time, I was working on a project with a talented t-shirt designer from Malaysia and asked him if he could come up with anything for me.  Thankfully, he did!  His name is Flying Mouse (aka Chow Hon Lam) and I have posted many of his graphical creations on An Optical Illusion in the past.  Below is one of his more popular (and one of my personal favorite) designs titled Milking Out.

Milking Out by Flying Mouse

This design is available on a t-shirt for men or women in any size… if you’d like to own one for yourself, feel free to click here.  You can also browse t-shirts featuring his other clever designs by visiting his homepage here.  All of the shirts are printed on American Apparel 2011 Fine Jersey Short Sleeve shirts, which are made in the USA.  The American Apparel t-shirt is the smoothest and softest t-shirt you’ll ever wear.

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