How to Draw a Checkerboard Sphere Op Art

Details on how to draw the optical illusion of spheres over a checkerboard pattern.

How to Draw a Checkerboard Sphere Op Art
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Draw several circles.

Draw several circles.

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Using a ruler, draw vertical stripes across the paper. Do not draw inside the circles.

Using a ruler, draw vertical stripes across the paper. Do not draw inside the circles.

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3
Using a ruler, draw horizontal stripes across the paper. Do not draw inside the circles.

Using a ruler, draw horizontal stripes across the paper. Do not draw inside the circles.

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Draw a vertical line through the center of the circle.

Draw a vertical line through the center of the circle.

5
Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

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Do the same on the opposite side.

Do the same on the opposite side.

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Draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle.

Draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle.

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Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

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Do the same on the opposite side.

Do the same on the opposite side.

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Repeat in all circles.

Repeat in all circles.

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Choose a complementary color pair. Use one color to begin the background, leaving every other square blank. Alternate the starting color for each row to create a checkerboard pattern.

Choose a complementary color pair. Use one color to begin the background, leaving every other square blank. Alternate the starting color for each row to create a checkerboard pattern.

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Use the other complementary color to color in the blank squares of the checkerboard background.

Use the other complementary color to color in the blank squares of the checkerboard background.

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Use one of the complementary colors to begin the checkerboard pattern inside the circle.

Use one of the complementary colors to begin the checkerboard pattern inside the circle.

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Use the other complementary color to complete the checkerboard pattern inside the circle.

Use the other complementary color to complete the checkerboard pattern inside the circle.

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Color all of the circles with the checkerboard pattern.

Color all of the circles with the checkerboard pattern.

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Use a black colored pencil to shade the same edge of all circles to create the illusion of depth as though there is a sphere hovering over the checkerboard.

Use a black colored pencil to shade the same edge of all circles to create the illusion of depth as though there is a sphere hovering over the checkerboard.

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