Archive for the ‘Optical illusions’ Category

Popeye tatoo

mayo 14, 2014

Popeye's Fist, an optical illusion tattoo

Healthy public ads

diciembre 24, 2012

When I stumble across skull optical illusions, I’m very picky when deciding which ones deserve to be featured on Optical Illusions homepage. It’s not that I don’t like them, it’s just that I think the motive is a bit over-exploited, and rarely innovative nowadays. Most of the things that were there to be said about these, I think we already mentioned.

On the other hand, ads illusions are my favorite type of illusions. When an agency produces a professional poster using a well known illusion motive, there is a great chance the results will be eye-captivating.

Skull motive is just what these agencies had in mind when they were asked to produce captivating campaigns for public service announcements. AIDS, smoking, drug use.. these are just some of the issues for which such posters were crafted.

Check the featured gallery below, and see what I have prepared for you today. Hope you like them all, and hopefully you’ll learn something from them! My personal favorite was the helmet one immediately below.

SUVA – Accident Prevention

Suva, Switzerland’s independent, non-profit company opened its doors as the Swiss Accident Insurance Fund way back in 1918. This add was done for them by Ruf Lanz ad agency. I saw the horrific Scream mask prior to bicycle helmet, which is probably what the agency intended in the first place.

Don’t let accidents end up in a nightmare: Wear a Helmet

AIDS Kills

The poster image plays with a series of paradoxes to capture the viewer’s curiosity and interest. There is a classic sign of danger, the skull, which depicts the perils of the AIDS and HIV virus. The paradox is in the series of nudes positioned to form the image of the skull. The aesthetics of the nude figures draws the attention of the viewer while the skull symbolizes the consequences of unprotected love making. This poster was done by an agency TBWA/Paris, and was inspired by a photograph made by Philippe Halsman in 1951.

Protect Yourself: The Only Way to Stop AIDS Is You

Cocaine Kills

When you see this ad for the first time, your eyes probably automatically see a skull covered in blood first. After studying the image for a bit longer, you realize the “skull” was actually a nose, and that there is a person present in the image as well. By using a skull motive, this ad smartly indicates that the consequence of drug use will be death. By using black as a background, agency achieves the effect of making the poster look dark and evil.

MADD – Stop drunk driving

The mission of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Driving) is to stop drunk driving and support the victims of this violent crime. They usually come up with smart looking posters, just like this optical illusion skull ad below.

Saying goodbye once is hard enough

Smoking Kills

Just another skull-ash-motive optical illusion done by an unknown artist. This motive is very popular among public service ads, when smoking issues are brought up.

2 or 4 pregnant Japanese women ? optical illusion

septiembre 24, 2012


There are 4 bodies but only 2 heads in this 19th Century Japanese woodblock of pregnant women.


The woodblock print “Mimochi on’na natsu no tawamure – Gotō juttai no zu” (Pregnant women playing in summer heat – 5 heads with 10 bodies at the complete image) was made by artist Kunitoshi Utagawa in 1881.


TV commercial with optical illusion

mayo 15, 2011

TV commercial with optical illusion

Optical Illusion. Shifting Dots

abril 30, 2011

Here’s an incredible optical illusion. You’ll need to wait few seconds before the .gif file fully loads, but when it does I promise you’ll love it! Once the animation has started, you’ll quickly notice how outer-rim dots begin shifting themselves up and down. But what is so cool here, is that this is actually an illusion! Our little dots haven’t changed their starting position one bit! The only thing changing here is their color; from white to black and vice-versa!

Ilusion optica facil para realizar en casa

noviembre 7, 2009

Una forma facil de crear una ilusion optica con 4 trozos de cartulina de diferente color.

Mundos imposibles de LEGO

septiembre 20, 2009

Esculturas imposibles hechas con LEGO (Escalera de Escher,arco imposible,Tribar de Penrose ) obras originales de Buge Fun.

Ilusion optica.Serpiente imposible.

agosto 21, 2009

Serpiente imposible , de la coleccion de dibujos imposibles de Vlad Alexeev

Piscina imposible.

julio 27, 2009

Diseño de una piscina imposible.

Obra de Ricardo Baigorria

Ilusion de Fraser.Ejemplo real

julio 21, 2009

En esta foto se puede apreciar claramente el efecto optico Fraser.
En esta ilusion optica , las lineas parecen curvarse , pero realmente son paralelas.