A photomosaic is an image that has been divided into smaller sections, each of which is replaced with another image matching that particular individual section of the original image. In this example featuring the Man of Steel, every section of the original image has been replaced with an image of a movie poster. The creator of this image completed the process using Photoshop and a program called 2gether1 Pro which is a professional mosaic software program. Using this process, he estimates that the average photomosaic takes anywhere from 2-7 hours to create.
You can get a better feel for how the image is constructed by zooming in and looking at the detail. Here is a close-up of Superman’s face where you can see some of the individual movie posters that were used.
If you would like to see another deceptive image featuring a comic book hero, be sure to check out Simon C. Page’s Batman vs. Penguin.
(via DolfD on Deviant Art)
Neil Dawson’s sculptures look like they could be drawings from a cartoon. This private commission, created in 1991, resides in Taranaki, New Zealand. It looks like a large floating orb is being held in place by a rope tethered to the ground. In reality, the entire sculpture is made of steel.
To see another remarkable example of Neil Dawson’s work, be sure to revisit his Horizons sculpture.
(via Neil Dawson)
Today’s post is a little different than all of the other posts on An Optical Illusion. Instead of featuring something that will trick your eyes, this video features several examples of audio illusions that will play tricks on your ears. Explained in detail are the McGurk Effect, the Tritone Paradox, and the Shepard Tone Illusion. The latter is named after psychologist Roger Shepard, the creator of other great visual illusions including the Impossible Elephant and Getting Down to Business.
In this new twist on an old optical illusion, two spaceships can be seen flying through a wormhole. The spaceship in the front appears to be significantly smaller (maybe half as big?) than the one behind it. Surprisingly, however, both spaceships are the exact same size. The wings of the spaceship in the back are close to the sides of the wormhole which gives the impression that it must be larger than the one in the front.
To see more examples of this illusion, be sure to check out a relative size illusion involving three SUVs and another that uses animation to get the point across.
(via Optical Spy)
In honor of Halloween, I thought it would be appropriate to post an image today that featured a dark or spooky theme. This morning, as I was checking my email, I found a message from Gianni Sarcone with a link to a Behance page he created titled Just in Time for Halloween. The page features two originals that he created, including the one posted below titled Bridge to Eternity. While it looks like a peaceful scene of a creek and a bridge, a very sinister hidden image can also be found in this picture. Can you find it?
For more optical illusions appropriate for Halloween, be sure to revisit the Vintage Skull Afterimage and the Cat and Mouse Optical Illusion.
Art Directors Anaïs Boileau and Samuel Volk oversaw the production of this recent advertisement for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) called Botanimal. The copy that accompanies the ad (which can be seen in the lower right corner, but is much too small to read here) is as follows:
“Donate to save a tree and save 875 000 species for free. Rainforests only cover 7% of our planet but harbor more than 50% of the world’s species.”
That’s a lot of species! How many animals can you find?
Continue reading the full post to see five close-up images which will allow you a better opportunity to spot all of the hidden animals.
While this video from Apple is probably a tad bit too long, it does feature some pretty good anamorphic optical illusion tricks. The video is captured from a single camera moving around a sterile white room in what appears to be a single take. The style of this commercial is reminiscent of Ok Go’s recent music video for their song The Writing’s on the Wall. At the time of this post, the Ok Go video has received more than 11 million views on Youtube, which is a pretty impressive accomplishment. My guess is that someone in charge of Apple’s marketing took notice of its popularity and decided to create an anamorphic video of their own.
What do you think of the video?