Major Drapkin Illusion Card #3 – His Own Size?

Estimation 3 October 2013 0 Comments

Major Drapkin Optical Illusion Cards #3 - His Own Size

There is something special about this post… it marks the 300th post to An Optical Illusion!  A big thank you to our loyal visitors who have submitted material and provided valuable feedback since the inception of this blog.  We always love to hear your thoughts, so please let me know what you would like to […]

The Art of Thomas Barbèy

Miscellaneous 9 September 2013 0 Comments

Piano Peace by Thomas Barbey

Thomas Barbèy has a collection of photographs that were taken over a period of twenty years.  By combining multiple photographs from his archives, he creates unique and beautiful surreal scenes.   According to his official website, “Every single one of his images has to pass what he likes to call the “So what?” test. If […]

Sun Ball Forced Perspective Photograph

Forced Perspective 20 August 2013 0 Comments

Sun Ball Forced Perspective

Capturing a photograph at the right time and from the right angle can be a magical thing for a photographer.  This type of forced perspective technique often produces very amusing results.

Marathon Tessellation by Makoto Nakamura

Tessellation 11 February 2013 2 Comments

Marathon 1 by Makoto Nakamurua

Japanese artist Makoto Nakamura creates tessellation patterns.  After majoring in graphic design at Tama Art University in Tokyo, Japan, he became increasingly interested in tessellation design thanks to M.C. Escher.  His tiled pattern below, titled Marathon 1, shows a series of runners jogging left and the right with no gaps or overlaps.

Angled Ball by James Hopkins

Anamorphosis,Video 10 December 2012 0 Comments

Angled Ball by James Hopkins

British artist James Hopkins creates very interesting and very original sculptures.  Perhaps you recall his anamorphic South Park Illusion or his bookshelf that resembled a skull.  In the video below, he discusses an outdoor sculpture that he created in the city of Wembley in the United Kingdom.  The sculpture sits near a busy section of […]

(Not So) Parallel Bars

Impossible 10 September 2012 0 Comments

Parallel Bars

The strange green creature below is showing off his gymnastic skills on the parallel bars.  But are these bars really parallel?  Does he get a higher score for the extra degree of difficulty? Spanish professor Vicente Meavilla created this composition.  Meavilla uses felt-tip pens to color many of his drawings.

Skating Over by Flying Mouse

Ambiguous 19 July 2012 0 Comments

Skating Over by Flying Mouse

Skaters appear to come out of the clouds and onto the ice in this surreal landscape from Chow Hon Lam (Flying Mouse).