I couldn’t resist sharing this amazing line drawing technique demonstrated by Ted Edinger on his website Art With Mr. E. The method is fairly simple for children to do, and the results are very effective at demonstrating the wonders of optical illusions.
- drawing paper
- black marker eg. Sharpie
- pencil crayons or markers
1. To begin, you’ll need some good drawing paper and a fine black marker. Draw a wavy line across the centre area of the paper, like in the image below. Next, add some small, unevenly spaced dots along the line. The number you add really depends on the size of your paper. Mr. E recommends eight dots, on what looks like standard printer paper (8.5″ x 11″).
2. Join the dots above and below the line with a curved shape. The end shapes should go off the page.
3. Continue to add curved layers above and below to create long, worm-like shapes that eventually go from the top of the page to the bottom. The final result will be more interesting if they are not perfectly vertical. Also, make sure to vary the width in different places so that it becomes narrow in some areas, and wide in others. This will make the shape more interesting, and contribute to the illusion that it’s popping out from the page. You can even make some of the shapes disappear, as though they’re being swallowed up by other ones beside them.
3. Markers or pencil crayons can be used to add colour. This example involved using pencil crayons and a Sharpie.
A big than you to Mr. E for sharing such a cool idea.