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Book: Exploring Illusions - Paintings - The Use of Optical Illusions in Art by Gary B Rohrabaugh

Book Review: Exploring Illusions - Paintings - The Use of Optical Illusions in Art by Gary B Rohrabaugh

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Gary G Rohrabaugh

Author Gary G Rohrabaughabout this book: Inspiration for Exploring Illusions - The Use of Optical Illusions in Art

Drawings and paintings are all optical illusions. Successfully converting what we see into flat, static images requires the use of illusionary tools like perspective, scale, and vanishing point. These tools are employed in varying degrees of success by artists, engineers, and mathematicians to depict our three dimensional in-motion world.

The optical illusion paintings, represented in this document, attempt to reduce these tools to their simplest forms. When successful this gives the viewer a pure representation of the illusion.

The use of black oil paint on white canvas strips away even color to help reveal the illusions. Line, simple forms, and white space are employed to produce illusions with visual depth, dimensional form, and implied motion.

This success of this work can be measured in the knowledge gained by example defining and understanding optical illusions. Applying this knowledge should make it easier to appreciate great art and the artists use of optical illusions. I hope you enjoy the illusions.

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Like what I saw... There are some new optical Illusions I have never seen anywhere else. The classification system did make the images more organized.

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