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Exploring Illusions - Paintings: The Use of Optical Illusions in Art Paperback – February 12, 2012
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Exploring Illusions Submitted by Parka on February 27, 2012 - 12:05pm
New book called Exploring Illusions. It's a book on optical illusions, not the M.C. Escher type but more on spatial relationship and contrast between shapes.
Readers interested in optical illusions can check this book out.
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Great fun and hard work exploring illusions and defining a new system to classify optical illusions. The people that have previewed this work have enjoyed both the illusions and the book. I hope you will as well..
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I always liked seeing optical illusions but never really thought about how they were made. I am not an art student or designer but it did give me a better appreciation of optical illusions. I found this book very interesting and think any one that wants to try their own illusion, no matter for something to put on their book-cover or an art piece in their home, would find this book a must. I also think everyone who likes optical illusions would enjoy this book, even if you're not into the how and why, you'll love the illusions.
The book is divided in three parts, and one of them is the retrospective of the authors Art of 1970ies where his story of optical illusions began. It gave me a new perspective on how powerful the illusion can be. It can deceive, as well as enrich. The last part of the book deals with vanishing points, isometric, geometric, orthographic and other methods, so this journey wasn't only informative, but a learning experience, too. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in broadening his/her horizons by exploring illusions.
At first I wasn't sure what the point of a book about how optical illusions are made was but I found the whole thing really interesting and a lot of fun. The central part of the book is divided up into six classifications of illusions. Within each of the six sections the author provides good explanations and lots of pictures of the various forms of illusions. Your mind will be amazingly manipulated by all of the designs and paintings. One, under the "sinuous curve" section, made me physically sick to my stomach which I then read was what it was supposed to do. It may not be the best thing for a migraine sufferer to look at but does show how well done they are to cause an immediate reaction like that one. The explanations for each classification are quite well done and even show them on grids which helped me to see how they were laid out. There are numerous pictures that include ones of the author actually painting the illusions in different steps. At the back, helpful to artists and just plain interesting, is a twenty-four-picture step-by-step break down of an illusion coming to life. At the very end of the book are some pictures of illusions done in the 1970s and then some from today which give an interesting comparison of the technology used during both time periods.
The book is very well laid out, interesting and easy to understand. I'd love to see the author do a how-to book of drawing illusions. Mr. Rohrabaugh says in the book that understanding how illusions work will help the art of them to be appreciated all the better and after reading this book I fully agree.