The Modern Skull Illusion


The skull optical illusion dates back to the 19th century and according to my eyes has made a resurgence in the hands of contemporary illustrators. My earliest recollection of the illusion involved the image of an Indian in headdress. Unfortunately, I have not been able to track its cyber foot steps. I did find one of the most popular and referenced examples, allegedly, by C. Allan Gilbert. The much-reproduced lithograph is of a lovely Gibson Girl seated in front of a vanity in a fashionable toilette. Don’t confuse that word with towelette.

This ocular deception would foster future illusionary techniques. Including the art of negative space, wherein an image is created in the light portions of the piece and in the dark bit, and this creepy face.

Listen and Carry On

Light of the Morning by Band of Skulls

Mike Orduna

Mike Orduna Skull Illusion

Tom French

Tom French Skull Illusion

Monaux

Monaux Skull Illusion

Untitled

Monaux Skull Illusion

Trevor Brown

Trevor Brown Skull Illusion

Mellolover

Mellolover Skull Illusion

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5 Comments on “The Modern Skull Illusion”

  1. 09.30.11 at 6:56 PM #

    The only thing better than drawings of skulls are drawings of skull illusions

  2. 10.2.11 at 6:49 PM #

    Very cool! Thanks for sharing all these examples. It’s an interesting concept and nice to see the different ways in which these artists approach it.

  3. 02.6.12 at 2:18 AM #

    great collection

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