How to Draw Incredible Optical Illusions

How to Draw Incredible Optical Illusions

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By: Gianni Sarcone

Letters that tilt, lines that distort, secretive dots, spirals that curve and swerve.

Optical illusions astound and confound us, altering our very concept of reality. That's why we take endless pleasure in them, trying to figure out why. But what if you want to do more? What if you actually want to create your very own amazing images? To do that, you need to have an in-depth knowledge of the process

Gianni Sarcone dissects the most mystifying and magical illusions, revealing the logic behind their patterns and tiling, and explaining how they work. He delves into the importance of blank spaces, negative space, interferences, repetitive geometric textures, and more—all part of the palette an "op artist" uses to produce powerful illusions and visual surprises. Once you understand these techniques, you're able to let your creativity flow as freely as you'd like. Draw curves that diverge and converge, diamonds that vibrate and flicker, hypnotic spirals, "ghosts" and ambiguous figures, and other astonishing illusions. You'll even learn how to produce the "impossible": perplexing images of things that could and should not exist in the real world—but can come straight out of your imagination to live on the page. And illustrating all the instructions are Sarcone's own magnificent pieces. They include recent and revisited optical effects, plus demonstrations and tips for inspiration.

For anyone fascinated by how the brain works and how the eye sees, this guide is mind-blowing!

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Author & Illustrator Bios:

Gianni Sarcone, author

Gianni A. Sarcone is an acclaimed author and visual artist who has written on brain training, critical thinking, and the mechanism of vision. His art and feature articles on education and creative thinking have appeared in magazines and newspapers all over the world, and he has published books in English, French, German, and Italian. He founded "Archimedes' Lab Project™", a consulting network of experts specializing in developing creativity.

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Editorial Reviews:

Library Journal

Visual perception is created through the interplay between the eye and the brain. Optic art and optical illusions exploit the boundaries of this interplay to produce confusing, amusing, or discordant results. Visual artist Sarcone (Hidden Picture Puzzles) explains basic types of optical illusions in this cookbook-style guide including: size distortion; ambiguous figures; hidden or suggested figures within ­camouflage; impossible figures; and suggested movement. Readers may use the techniques introduced here to attempt optical illusions in any medium they wish. Most of the illusions presented are geometric, abstract, and black and white, though ambitious readers could try incorporating color into their designs. VERDICT Commercial artists and designers can use this guide as a reference book, but it will be delightful for anyone who has ever wondered how an optical illusion works.


ISBN: 978-1-62354-060-9

8 x 11
Page count: 136

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