Thursday, January 13, 2011

Ballerina

A colleague of mine told me today that that his girlfriend woudln't believe that there was an optical illusion in the animated dancer image that you can find at: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/2520452/ballerina/ballerina.gif

I was just about to play with html5 canvas drawing, and so I wanted to try out to pilot the illusion with a small red ball which can rotate in both directions, following an elliptical path (an illusion of perspective) and appearing to disappear when going "behind" the dancer.

I don't know if it works for all, but for me this simple (and unprecise) animation, combined with the psycologial effect introduced by clicking on a "change direction" button, swaps the dancer's direction immediately in my head, or at least within one rotation.

Click here to se a demo

Source code on github

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