Optical art draws upon the dynamics among colour relationships, geometric shapes and the science of seeing. The Tate Museum's Glossary defines optical art as tricking the eye with sometimes subtle, disturbing or disorienting images. A wide variety of optical art exists. A masterwork example created with concentric squares and colours is "Double Gray Scramble" by Frank Stella. A similar optical art design can be created using simple art supplies.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Challenging
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Things you need
- 12-inch by 12-inch drawing paper
- No. 2 pencil
- Coloured pencils
Select a vanishing point on the paper. A vanishing point is the place in a two-dimensional artwork where parallel lines seem to join in the distance.
Make a small dot at the selected vanishing point. The dot should be faint and no larger than the pencil point.
Use a ruler to draw a straight line from the vanishing point to one corner of the paper. Lines drawn from or to the vanishing point are called convergent.
Draw a convergent line to each of the three remaining corners and then number the convergent lines one, two, three and four.
Place the ruler on the paper so that it crosses over convergent lines one and two. When the ruler is straight and about half of an inch from one edge of the paper, draw a connecting line between the two convergent lines.
Move the ruler and connect convergent lines two to three, three to four, and four to one. This should create a frame around the paper.
Move the ruler about half an inch from the frame you have drawn and then repeat the process of connecting the convergent lines. This will create a concentric square. Concentric means having a common centre; in this case, the vanishing point.
Repeat making concentric squares until at least 10 are drawn.
Use the coloured pencils to create an alternating pattern of colour.
Drawing an Optical Illusion
Tips and warnings
- Create a more complex optical illusion with more convergent lines. Always use an even number of convergent lines.
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