My dossier on visual illusions

Focus is an Italian monthly popular science magazine published in Milan, Italy, with which I have collaborated for more than 10 years.

Focus Magazine issue #336 featuring my article and my optical illusions has been released on October 2020. It contains my special 10-page dossier on visual perception with over 13 original visual illusions of my creation and their related explanation.

The cover also features a special effect I designed for Focus: as you read the main title, the cover image moves and, curiously enough, the title changes if you look at it closely (ILLUSIONI) or from a distance (COSA VEDI?).

Focus Mag cover

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Frankenstein’s Dream: Hybrid Picture

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This intriguing image is taken from my book “Curiopticals“. Look at Frankenstein from a certain distance – approximately 2-3 meters, or 7-8 feet – and you will see what he is dreaming about. This type of illusion is known as a cryptic or hybrid optical illusion, and is produced by merging two subjects with different resolutions. The result is that one subject is hidden or suggested in the ‘host’ image. Continue Reading

How To Draw Incredible Illusions, a cook-book for artists and designers

After the success of my book “Drawing Optical Illusions“, I was commissioned by Imagine Publishing for a new tutorial book project titled “How To Draw Incredible Optical Illusions” [You can get this book from Amazon US  and Amazon UK]

My book dissects the most fascinating and confounding black and white optical illusions, patterns and tiling, explaining in a concise fashion how they work, how to design and create them, and how to personalize and play with them to your heart’s content. With accessible yet fascinating text and workable samples, this intriguing art ‘cookbook’ is appropriate for graphic designers, teachers, artists, art lovers and the curious who enjoys contemplating how the mind works and how the eye sees. Continue Reading

You Can’t Possibly Color This!

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An Impossible Optical Illusion Activity Book

No mere coloring book, You Can’t Possibly Color This! is an eye-spinning experience that will inspire and astound. That’s because you’ll be coloring in optical illusions — things that can only exist on the page. With a just a few tips, you’ll be coloring in things that will bulge, expand, and even rotate. Other objects will leave you confused as you try to figure out the “trick,” while mandalas, complex patterns, and labyrinths will mesmerize you. Also included are fun activities for drawing and creating your own optical illusions.

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How To Draw Incredible Optical Illusions

This is one of my favorite book projects commissioned by Imagine Publishing.
[You can get this book from Amazon US or Amazon UK]

This book dissects the most fascinating and confounding black and white optical illusions, patterns and tiling, explaining in a concise fashion how they work, how to design and create them, and how to personalize and play with them to your heart’s content. With accessible yet fascinating text and workable samples, this intriguing art ‘cookbook’ is appropriate for graphic designers, teachers, artists, art lovers and the curious who enjoys contemplating how the mind works and how the eye sees.

In the excerpt below I explain how to create a self-moving pattern. Continue Reading