Drink & Draw [VIRTUAL]: Optical Illusions

Guest Artist: Dave Krzeminski

Join Dave Krzeminski for a night of optical illusions. You will not believe your eyes, or how easy it is to create mesmerizing visual deceptions! Working with basic geometry, we will learn to use clever line work, repetition, high contrast, and vibrancy for high-impact psychedelic effects. Dave will demystify the construction of the “Impossible Triangle” and other visually confounding shapes that can be used as decorations, or the basis of a pattern. These fun and simple techniques make drawing feel like doing a puzzle, fitting pieces together and watching an illusion emerge on the paper. Use your drawing as a background or stand-alone poster, a book cover, a greeting card to entertain a friend, or simply as a fun technical challenge!

We’ll also get a whirlwind tour of how M.C. Escher’s famous prints gave way to the graphic design of the Op Art Movement with artists like Bridget Riley, Victor Vasarely, and Yayoi Kusama. At the end of the session, Dave will also show us how to transfer drawings into Adobe Illustrator and to prepare for screenprinting.

Zoom Meeting ID: 937 6616 3788

Suggested Materials:

  • Pencils
  • Paper (graph paper if possible)
  • Ruler (or straight edge)
  • Protractor (or a paper folded into triangles)
  • Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils, or Acrylic Paint (high contrast / vibrant colors are best)

Optional Materials:

  • Adobe Illustrator (to follow the digital tutorial)

Drink & Draw [Virtual] is a low-key drop-in social workshop devoted to staying creative from home. There are no pretensions and newcomers are always welcome, so invite your friends to join! Each Drink & Draw [Virtual] features a new guest artist and a new theme or project that uses pencil, paper, and everyday household supplies. Don’t have a sketchbook? Hosts will help you improvise. Events are currently scheduled each Wednesday through May 6. Find us on Zoom, a free app for your phone or computer. And of course: BYOB! 

Love the experience? Pitch in to our Venmo Tip Jar (@spudnikpress) to directly support the featured artist and Spudnik Press Cooperative.