domenica 24 novembre 2013

Self-Moving Optical Illusion

Flying Black Bat
A new optic design for my “Super Optical Illusion” book project...

Kinoptic designs are optical illusions in which a static image appears to be moving due to the cognitive effects of interacting color contrasts and shape position. The essence of Kinoptic Art is actually to play with our optic nerves, to surprise and create the illusion of colors, dimensions or motion. Op Artist uses a palette of elements like blank spaces, XOR spaces, interspaces, interferences, space tiling and geometric patterns. Precision is also important in my creative processes: a small change in an Kinoptic Art picture can strongly modify or negate a visual effect.

The bat in the picture below seems to flutter, move and/or expand. Moreover, when you stare for a while at it and close your eyes you will see a white bat!

The bat seems to float and expand
Illusory Motion Optical Illusion by G. Sarcone
You can see more samples of my kinetic optical art here:

lunedì 30 settembre 2013

Reality Vs Illusion

What’s real? What’s not? Reality is strange—and seeing isn’t believing. When you look at an optical illusion, your brain tries to fool your eyes and what you expect to find on the page isn’t what’s there.

Apart from being both endlessly fascinating and awe-inspiring visually, the illusions contained in my new book "Go!Games Optical Illusions" also force viewers to go outside their comfort zones, challenge the nature of perception, and think creatively. Their minds have to work overtime to become more flexible. That’s what makes these 240 puzzles, ranging from simple scintillation effects to impossible staircases and concealed creatures, so absolutely addictive.

See how Santa "measures up" to his helper; the scale doesn’t seem to be telling the truth! Compare two lines: one seems longer, but can’t that really be true? Look at a triangular sculpture and figure out if it’s "impossible." Move a picture from side to side and watch it spin. Try to "remove" a magic glass from the plate, count the number of "F"s in a line (but only read it once!), and locate the main subject in the masterpiece "Las Meninas," painted by the artist Diego Velazquez.

This collection of illusions will enable you to experience the impossible and marvel at the miraculous. Enjoy!

Gianni A. Sarcone
Artist and Researcher in the field of visual perception

My book is available from:
Barnes and Noble

Optical Illusions by Gianni Sarcone


domenica 24 febbraio 2013


On request of my publisher, I've designed an "ambigram"-signature to be featured in my books. Do you like it?
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