Working in Illustrator using Pantone Colours 

‘Optical Illusions can use colour, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains. The information gathered by the eye is processed by the brain, creating a perception that in reality, does not match the true image’ (Cecala, 2017).

The below images are some examples of optical illusions that I found in my travels exploring Crown Street Mall in Wollongong for inspiration in choosing a colour palette for my vector illustrations.

I have been experimenting with using Pantone colours for a series of works based on one of my found objects which was a ringpull off a tuna can. I decided to focus on selecting just one item and repeating it to create a flower shape. From there I applied scale to create layers of petals. The composition at this stage

The images below are some screenshots of my work in progress. The compositional strategies I have used in my work include repetition, contrast, scale, layering, bleeding and negative space. Limited to choosing only 3 Pantone colours, I have been experimenting with different colour palettes and how colour and design choices can create optical illusions.

In the above image I have experimented with using the yellow as the background colour. In reversing the colour selection it engages the viewer in a different way and creates a different emotional response. The brightness of the background makes the items pop more off the page. The image also uses repetition of the ringpull to create petal shapes. I used scale to make the image appear like I had zoomed in on the flower.

In this experiment I have used a dark blue background. I like the negative space that I have left in the opposite corners. I also like how the centre of the flower goes from light to dark yellow. In this image I wanted to explore how what different colour gradients can add to the image to create an optical illusion.

In the above image I have explored using black to create silhouette flower shapes.