optical illusion

Discussion in 'Painters' Talk' started by 40w bulb, Jul 31, 2008.

  1. 40w bulb

    40w bulb New Member

    Hi there, all you painters!
    my son wants me to paint an optical illusion on his bedroom wall. There are some examples of simple ones on http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/illusion/illusions.htm however, when I printed them onto paper the illusions didnt work. Does anyone know of any optical illusions that appear to move and are not too difficult to paint?
     
  2. jolly bodger

    jolly bodger New Member

    Wow, I wouldn't like to try painting these things accurately enough to fool the brain - my last major work was a 3-bed in matt emulsion, not the Mona Lisa in oils...:)

    Maybe buy some jumbo posters of similar things and get them framed - save you a fortune in hours, if nothing else!

    (Plus you'll spend 500 hours trying to achieve perfection, and then the little fella will decide he's actually into star wars and would like the walls matt black with random stars instead...:D)
     
  3. jcts

    jcts Active Member

    all i'm going to say is good luck. and i do mean it
     
  4. StinkNugget

    StinkNugget Member

    I couldn't recreate that. I agree, framed poster probably best option!

    Not exactly kids bedroom images but some of the Escher pictures may be possible, if you don't fancy drawing it yourself you might be able to trace it onto wax paper (if not available make some using lining paper coated in oil based scumble glaze, leave for 24 hours & it's good to go) using a lighbox then cut a stencil using a craft knife on a cutting board to use on the wall. Couple of examples:

    http://www.rudyrucker.com/blog/images/escherliberation.jpg

    http://www.bexley.k12.oh.us/hslib/curriculumlinks/poetry/escher%20sky%20&%20water%20I.jpg

    Alternatively, it's not 3D but you can create some nice effects using stencils & spray paint. Build up the gradients by slowly layering the paint & block out sections that require different colours. Here's some I prepared earlier:

    http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?d58adb48cc.jpg

    http://www.freeimagehosting.net/image.php?933298f0de.jpg

    Good luck :)
     
  5. Mr. Handyandy

    Mr. Handyandy Screwfix Select

    Hi there, all you painters!
    my son wants me to paint an optical illusion on his
    bedroom wall. There are some examples of simple ones
    on http://kids.niehs.nih.gov/illusion/illusions.htm
    however, when I printed them onto paper the illusions
    didnt work. Does anyone know of any optical illusions
    that appear to move and are not too difficult to
    paint?




    In what way did they 'not work' ?

    Did you resize them, or duplicate them etc.

    Some(probably most) of these illusions work because they are of a size that you can get all into focus at the same time.


    Mr. Handyandy - really
     
  6. nickynockynoonoo

    nickynockynoonoo New Member

    The giraffe would be a bit of a bugger.
     

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