How to Draw a Checkerboard Sphere Op Art

by Heather Abbott

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

Supplies

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Ruler
  • Colored pencils
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Draw several circles.

    Step 2

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

    Step 3

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

    Step 4

    Draw a vertical line through the center of the circle.

    Step 5

    Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

    Step 6

    Do the same on the opposite side.

    Step 7

    Draw a horizontal line through the center of the circle.

    Step 8

    Draw several lines that curve away from the straight line.

    Step 9

    Do the same on the opposite side.

    Step 10

    Repeat in all circles.

    Step 11

    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.

    Step 12

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

    Step 13

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

    Step 14

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

    Step 15

    Color all of the circles with the checkerboard pattern.

    Step 16

    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.