Sharpies and Positive/Negative Reversal

One of the reasons I decided to go to an art school is they don’t make you take all of your core classes up front, they spread them out throughout the program. Since I didn’t want to have to be downtown at 7:30 am I opted for all but one of my classes to be academic. The only art class I got to take this quarter was Design Fundamentals. For our first assignment we had to create four black and white designs that created an optical illusion of positive/negative reversal. If we did it correctly when you look at the design the positive and negative space should swap back and forth.

We could either cut the design out of paper or we could use ink or paint. I opted to use sharpie and pen and it took FOREVER!!! Here are the four designs I came up with.


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