57 posts tagged Optical illusion
57 posts tagged Optical illusion
Here’s an awesome example of evolutionary art: G tridens, a species of fruit fly first discovered in the UAE, evolved patterns on both wings that, depending on who you ask, resemble jumping spiders or ants:
"The idea of the ant design, as explained to The National, by Dr Brigitte Howarth of Zayed University who first discovered G tridens in the UAE, is that these flies use their wings to ward off predators. The fly flashes it wings back and forth to make it seem as if the ants [or spiders] are moving around and that movement would confuse the predator.”
"As someone who has studied ants for years and also jumping spiders (salticids), I can tell you that that fly has spider images in its wings, not ants. This happens in a variety of species, I’ve even photographed one for National Geographic. Unlike ants, jumping spiders are visual and see their image in the wings, I’ve watched them dance to [an] image (thinking it a mate) rather than eat the prey."
Either way, it’s a remarkable and beautiful adaptation.
Obvious Winner recently shared a few tentacular pieces of artwork by Singapore-based artist Keng Lye (previously featured here). You may recall that Keng creates these amazingly lifelike depictions of aquatic animals by gradually layering containers with acrylic paint and resin. The end result is a painting of a creature that looks like it’s about to wriggle out of its container and onto your lap.
Visit Keng Lye’s DeviantART gallery to view more of his awesome artwork.
[via Obvious Winner]
Would you care for a piping hot bowl of ramen? Let’s hope not because these bowls contain only sweet, deliciously deceptive cake. We’re always delighted by cakes that look like anything but cake. And these examples of Japanese Ramen Cake (ラーメンケーキ) are mouthwateringly awesome.
The Ramen Cake seen in the top photo was created by ochikeron of Create Eat Happy. She also made a fascinating How to Make Ramen Cake instructional video. The video’s description includes a complete recipe, so now you can go make your own tricksy bowl of noodles.
Visit Kotaku to see more examples of Ramen cake from around Japan.
For a spellbinding series of photos entitled Géométrie de l’impossible (Impossible Geometry), 21-year-old French photographer Fanette Guilloud created site-specific anamorphic paintings in locations in Toulouse, Bordeaux and the French Alps near Lyon. Bold 3D geometric shapes appear to emerge from dilapidated walls and hang in mid-air.
"Guilloud employed a method of anamorphic projection similar to the work of Felice Varini [previously featured here] to create the illusion of a painting superimposed on an image, when in fact there is no digital trickery whatsoever. The image is actually painted on numerous surfaces at varying depths and only appears like what you see here from a particular vantage point.”
Dilapidated spaces were transformed into dreamlike scenes containing giant anamorphic picture frames. With people posing in front of them, the frames appear to be enormous portals into vibrantly painted or wallpapered rooms - a juxtaposition that makes the viewer fee as though they’ve just stepped into Alice’s Wonderland.
"The artists completed this project as part of a campaign for the National Dramatic Center of St Etienne, choosing locations that they refer to as "forgotten parts of the city." Working with the people of Etienne who volunteered to pose for their pictures, the pair managed to accumulate a collection of whimsical portraits in the otherwise dead spaces."
The first time we featured the playful work of Belgian artist Ben Heine and his ongoing Pencil Vs Camera series, he was photographing his drawings as they were held up and superimposed over a real-life background. Lately, as a continuation of his awesome series, Ben has turned the tables and been working on large-scale anamorphic drawings and then photographing himself appearing to interact with his own artwork.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
In our ongoing effort to bring you the most awesome cakes we can find, we’re please to present the work of English baker Louise Caola, another cunning and creative baker who devotes her energy to creating cakes that don’t look like cakes at all. Instead they look like dinners of beautifully marbled roast beef, grilled steak and chips, burritos, sausages and mash, roast chicken, fish sticks, and pizza, to name a few.
"The 23-year-old designed her first sausage and potato mash cake for a friend’s birthday and received praises from everyone who got to see it before it was devoured, which fueled her passion for novelty desserts. She immediately started working on even more impressive cakes in her free time and posted photos of them on social networks like Twitter and Instagram. Soon Louise was flooded with orders from all over the internet and she started taking her hobby more seriously.
A few weeks ago, the amateur baker finally decided to quit her job and focus all her attention on her newly-created novelty cake brand called Poppy & Lulu (after a couple of close childhood friends). For the time being she only offers hand-delivery around London, but hopes to one day expand nationwide and have a team of bakers helping her make fun cakes.”
Louise’s edible creations take up to four hours to make, Achieving such convincing results involves lots of trial and error, but we’re willing to bet that those errors are still delicious.
Look long and hard at these photographs. They aren’t photoshop creations. They’re jaw-droppingly convincing optical illusions created by Paris-based photographer Georges Rousse, who transforms deserted buildings into awesome sight-specific artwork.
"He arranges materials and paints that blend with the architecture, and then documents and presents the work through photography. Each visually complex creation redefines general perceptions of space.
It’s easy to first assume that the compositions are the result of a digital manipulation, however, in reality they are created, by hand, by an artist with an incredible sense of perspective. Viewers are instantly challenged to understand how the shapes, colors, and architecture fit together. Rousse limits that perspective by converting the three dimensional area into a flat photograph. In doing so, he invites his viewers to experience the artwork through a combination of reality and their own imagination.”
We love this playful photo of a tape installation created by New York-based artist Aakash Nihalani at the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill, New York. The artist has turned an unassuming grey space into the illusion of a real-life video game. Awesome!
Visit Aakash Nihalani’s websiteto view more of his wonderful tape-based artwork.
A day devoted to sharing awesome optical illusions is a great opportunity to share more amazing anamorphic street art pieces created by Nikolaj Arndt (previously featured here), who is currently based in Marburg, Germany.
Nikolaj’s artwork is so entertaining, we might need to plan a Geyser of Awesome field trip to Germany. Is anyone else up for a casual stroll with a lion or lunch with some pandas? Just be sure to watch out for sidewalk sharks.
Visit Nikolaj’s deviantART page to check out even more of his fantastic 3D street art.