How to Draw OP Art

Written by jeffery keilholtz
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How to Draw OP Art
Stun friends with your OP art. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Optical illusions are designed to dazzle the eye. Drawing optical illusion (OP) art is a wonderful way to display your artistic gifts. The trick to pulling off OP art is to create an image that generates a false perception of what actually exists. Practice OP art by tracing a picture of various lines and curves. Shade in certain sections --- leaving others blank. The result will be an image presenting as if a set of boxes and circles overlap one another.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Paper
  • Ruler
  • Protractor
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Coloured pencils
  • Markers
  • Crayons

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  1. 1

    Place a blank piece of paper in front of you. Evenly space and trace three vertical lines down the surface of the paper. Evenly space and trace two horizontal lines across the surface of the paper. Your paper now has 12 different boxes.

  2. 2

    Sketch three circles. Make one circle small, one medium and one large in size. Overlap the medium and large circle in some respect.

  3. 3

    Shade in the first box in the top-left corner of the paper --- or whatever portion of the box is not invaded by a portion of a circle. Leave the adjacent box --- or curve --- blank. Shade in the third box and/or curve. Continue the shading process in this manner, making sure no same colours ever touch. The result is an OP drawing with "overlapping" boxes and circles.

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