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optical design
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Color is a very expressive Element of art.
How can you express your feelings or mood with this design?

step 1: drawing

optical design drawing step


1. Use #2 pencil.

Draw 9+ vertical waves. Alter space and curves.

Waves should not cross.


2. Draw a simple wave across.

optical design drawing step


3. Use thin Sharpie.

Draw upward curves above the middle wave.

Draw downward curves below the middle wave.


Every next curve starts at a previous line.

Alter the distance between the curves.


4. Complete the entire section.


5. Complete the entire design.


Erase the "across" wave.

step 2: coloring

optical design coloring step


6. Color each section gradating color from dark to light to dark.

optical design coloring step


7. Use an analogous color and apply same gradation pattern.


8. Add another analogous color or repeat the first one.


Keep coloring!

optical design coloring step


9. Use different colors for the next section.

This is how you color:

  • shade lightly the entire shape with a color of your choice
optical design coloring step


  • shade full strength - leaving a small area in the middle


  • use white pencil to blend the middle part
optical design coloring step


  • use black or a darker color to blend the sides of the shape.
optical design finished drawing

You can also get creative and use complimentary colors to emphasize an area or keep it all analogous colors, or just color it the way you feel like.


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Did you know that.....
this design was named after me by an Enthusiastic Artist:

check here to see how you can expand this design idea in a very creative way.



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