The Art of Deception

Miscellaneous 7 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Today is the official release date for a new 224-page hardcover volume of optical illusion art titled The Art of Deception:  Illusions to Challenge the Eye and the Mind.  This book, from Brad Honeycutt, features a foreword by John Langdon and an epilogue by Scott Kim.  It is a companion volume to The Art of the Illusion published by Imagine Publishing in 2012.  Artists whose work is appears in this volume include Rob Gonsalves, Guido Moretti, Bev Doolittle, Istvan Orosz, Oscar Reutersvard, and Kurt Wenner, among others.  The cover features a beautifully deceptive painting from Vladimir Kush aptly titled Butterfly Apple.

the art of deception by brad honeycutt

You can pick up a copy of this book at Amazon or your favorite retailer.  A French-language version of the book is also available and can be purchased at Amazon France.

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Spheres Relative Size

Estimation 2 October 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The sphere that is placed closest to you looks to be about half the size as the sphere in the background.  Surprisingly, both spheres are exactly the same size.  If you don’t believe it, grab a ruler and measure them both to confirm.

Sphere Relative Size

For a similar effect, be sure to revisit the SUV Illusion where three sports utility vehicles parked on the same street appear to be different sizes despite being identical.

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Star Cruiser by Gary W. Priester

Stereo 29 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Can you find the hidden star cruiser in this colorful pattern?  Stare at this stereogram, created by Gary W. Priester, and the spaceship will reveal itself.  If you are having trouble seeing the hidden image, please read through the following stereogram viewing tips.

Star Cruiser by Gary W. Priester

(via eyeTricks 3D Stereograms)

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Mind Shift by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 25 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

If you concentrate on the red pattern in the center of this figure, it will appear to be unstable and hover over the blue background.  Once the pattern does begin to hover, you can move your head left and right to intensify the effect.

Mind Shift by Gianni Sarcone

(via Gianni Sarcone)

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Anamorphic Chalk on Grass by Leon Keer

Anamorphosis 22 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Measuring 900 square meters (approximately 9,700 square feet), this anamorphic chalk art on a field in Utrecht, Holland has the appearance of being three-dimensional.  The artist, Leon Keer, used environmental friendly (and harmless) chalk for this ephemeral piece of land art.  Most of the time, you see this type of art on pavement, so seeing it on grass or in the sand is a welcome sight.

Anamorphosis chalk on grass by Leon Keer

(via Leon Keer)

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Hiding in New York No. 9 – Gun Rack by Liu Bolin

Hidden Objects 18 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

We featured several of Liu Bolin’s camouflaged body photographs on An Optical Illusion a couple of years ago.  If you are new to the site or happened to have missed those, then feel free to check them out here.  The photograph below features Liu Bolin doing what he does best – hiding in plain sight with the help of a clever paint job that matches his background.  This time, he stands painted in front of a very organized display of shotguns, rifles, and automatic weapons.  It is probably pretty safe to assume that this is a political statement regarding guns.  It was taken in 2013 as part of his Hiding in New York series.

Hiding in New York No. 9 - Gun Rack by Liu Bolin

For more information about Liu, or to see more of his work, please visit Klein Sun Gallery.

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Sweater Music Video from Willow

Video 15 September 2014 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This music video produced for the song “Sweater”, performed by the Belgian band Willow, is pretty interesting.  The lone guy featured in the video spends the entire time in a white room.  By projecting scenes and animation onto the walls and floor of the room, it appears that he is walking down stairs, walking around outside, riding a subway, riding an escalator, and much more.  Watch the full video below.

In addition to both directing and producing this video, Filip Sterckx also handled all of the 3D animation and editing. I personally think that the first half of the video is much stronger than the second half and would be curious to know what you think.  Which scene do you think is the most or least realistic?

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