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Artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher

Artist: Maurits Cornelis Escher

Maurits Cornelis Escher Born: 17 June 1898 Birthplace: Leeuwarden, Netherlands Died: 27 March 1972 Best Known As: Mind-bending artist of “Hand With Reflecting Sphere”  Escher’s mind-bending prints and drawings playfully explore perspective, mirror images and physical space. Two of his best-known prints, “Relativity” (1953) and “Ascending and Descending” (1960), feature staircases which seem to defy gravity and run in impossible directions. His most popular work may be “Hand With Reflecting Sphere” (1935), an image of himself as seen in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Artist, Maurits Cornelis Escher, optical illusion

Visual Impact

Visual Impact

Visual impact is the first thing we work toward in a painting, with color, value, and composition forming a triad of essentials. After the sense of sight, we most often appeal to that of touch. We want the viewer to be able to imagine from our visual clues the silken smoothness of a fabric, the rough bark of redwood or oak, the scratch of a kitten’s tongue, the heft of a stone. Less often we … Read entire article »

Filed under: composition, light, watercolor

Young or Old Woman?

Young or Old Woman?

Here is another artists drawing of the young woman/old woman optical illusion. This one has a little more detail, but it’s something you could try to imitate yourself if you just remember the basics: The old woman’s eye is the young woman’s ear. The old woman’s wart is the young woman’s nose, and the old womans nose is the young woman’s chin. Easy enough right? This optical illusion goes down in the history books for … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, optical illusion, perspective

Chuck Jones: Johnson the Cat

Chuck Jones: Johnson the Cat

Chuck Jones: Johnson the Cat “He moved into our house that morning, bag and baggage.  The bag was that cat bag all cats live in, one of the few characteristics he shared with other cats.  He sat fat and walked thin like other cats, but the resemblance to other cats stopped there. “His baggage was what appeared to be a very old, very used tongue depressor, fastened securely about his neck with a bit of tarry string, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Artist, Cartoon, Chuch Jones, Warner Bros