12 Black Dots Optical Illusion

Miscellaneous 12 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Psychology professor Akiyoshi Kitaoka recently posted this optical illusion on his Facebook page, which then made it to Twitter and quickly went viral through a large number of shares and retweets.  If you look at this pattern, you will be able to find 12 black dots.  The problem is, most people are completely unable to view all 12 of them at the same time.  If you look at the 4 dots at the top, you can’t seem to see the ones at the bottom.  If you look at the four on the bottom, you can’t see the ones at the top.  If you look at the ones in the middle, the dots at the top AND bottom seem to be gone.

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(via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

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Asu Breath Respiro by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 8 September 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

This op art work, created by Gianni Sarcone, appears to be in motion.  In fact, it almost looks like it is breathing.  Staring at this hypnotic image for too long may give you an uneasy feeling, so be sure to turn away if you start to feel any sort of motion sickness or vertigo.  The color scheme of this particular work reminds me of the Psychedelic Motion Illusion, which is also worth checking out.

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(via Gianni Sarcone)

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How Shadow Optical Illusion

Shadow 31 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

I recently came across this unique piece of art created by Anzac Tasker, a graphic designer based in Auckland, New Zealand.  I have always found art that uses shadows to be extremely creative and interesting.  He started by creating a cutout of half of each of the three letters.  He then placed a light at the proper angle to create a shadow of each of these cutouts.  The shadows that are cast help to complete each letter.

How Shadow Optical Illusion

(via Anzac Tasker)

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Motion Integration Unleashed Optical Illusion

Video 26 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

The following video was recently awarded 1st prize for the 2016 Best Illusion of the Year Contest  This video was created by Mathew T. Harrison and Gideon P. Caplovitz from the University of Nevada Reno, USA.  They call the individual flickering dots “Gabors” and describe the effect as follows:

Here we show that configurations of drifting Gabors that are stationary can give rise to dramatic global motion percepts: a rotating square, oscillating chopsticks and rolling waves. Although the Gabors themselves are not changing position, the drifting motion within them causes the illusion that the entire configuration is moving!

What do you think?  Do you think that this illusion was worthy of a Best Illusion of the Year award?

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Ultimate Stunt by Thomas Barbèy

Ambiguous, Impossible 22 August 2016 No Comments Yet - Share Your Thoughts

Thomas has once again used his photography skills and imagination to come up with this very unusual balancing act.  Merging a photograph of a tightrope walker headed toward the viewer with a photograph looking up at a chandelier and ceiling, a confusing and unsettling image is born.

Ultimate Stunt by Thomas Barbey

Regarding the process that Thomas uses to create his works, he indicates the following:

Some images are composed of negatives that are separated by a decade in the actual time that I had taken them and only come to life when they found their perfect match. it’s the combination of two or more negatives that they give birth to a completely unusual vision, but most of all, the title I give the final image is the glue and the substance of the piece.

(via Thomas Barbey)

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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.

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(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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