Sparkle Illusion by Gene Levine

Motion 15 August 2017 0 Comments

Sparkle Illusion by Gene Levine

Believe it or not, the Sparkle Illusion was inspired by an automobile.  You might not see a car in this image, but the basis of the pattern started with a graphic of the front grill of a Lexus.  Gene then manipulated the grill graphic to create the pattern below.  Finally, he incorporated the stars with […]

Flashing Star (The Spiral of Time) by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 4 April 2016 0 Comments

Flashing Star (The Spiral of Time) by Gianni Sarcone

Here is another motion optical illusion that will stress out your eyes (and brain).  This one, created by Gianni Sarcone, features a blue, red, and yellow spiral that seems to flash or pulsate as you stare at it.  Try staring at the absolute middle of the illusion for thirty seconds or so.  When I do […]

Water Cushion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Motion 30 November 2015 0 Comments

Water Cushion by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

This purple circle created by Akiyoshi Kitaoka appears to wobble and pulsate as you look at it.  Try focusing on the gray dot int he center of the image and then moving your head around.  You will find that the circle appears to be very unstable against the black background. (via Akiyoshi Kitaoka)

Magnetic Tunnel by Gianni A. Sarcone

Motion 5 March 2015 2 Comments

Magnetic Tunnel by Gianni A. Sarcone

If you focus your eyes on the sphere in the center of this pattern, the entire image appears to pulsate and vibrate.  Then if you move your head toward the image and then away from the image, the color fields appear to expand and contract.  This image involves two different types of illusions involving color […]

Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

Motion 5 May 2014 1 Comment

Gothic Flying Bat by Gianni Sarcone

The black bat in the middle of this image seems to move, flutter and expand.  The effect makes it a little difficult to look at for an extended period of time. For a similar effect, take a look at these expanding and shrinking geometrical patterns. (via Gianni Sarcone)

Eye Rays Motion Optical Illusion

Motion 26 August 2013 2 Comments

Eye Rays by Akiyoshi Kitaoka

Over the past few months, we have had several requests for a mobile version of An Optical Illusion.  We listened.  Now you can view a simplified version of the site on your mobile device.  At the bottom of the layout, you will also have the option to turn the new layout off and view the […]

Hypnotic Vibes

Motion 11 May 2012 1 Comment

Hypnotic Vibes by Gianni Sarcone

Be careful not to stare at the following design from Gianni Sarcone for too long or you might become hypnotized!  Do you perceive the red portion of this design to be pulsating? This design was selected by an eye drop company for an advertising campaign.  It would seem to be a good choice as looking […]