How to Draw The Impossible Triangle with 3d Cubes: Optical Illusion

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Mar 03, 2018


How to Draw The Impossible Triangle with 3d Cubes: Optical Illusion
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  • Hi, Tom here and in this week's Circle Line Art School video I will show you one way,
  • a simple way, to draw the impossible triangle out of cubes,
  • first draw a simple diamond shape, it needs to be wider than it is high and the diagonal
  • lines need to be parallel to each other, they don't get wider
  • or closer together, next draw a vertical line going down from its middle base and
  • then we can draw two more parallel vertical lines, one on the left and one
  • on the right, from the points on the left and right of the diamond, the original
  • diamond that we drew, now we can divide this column of three lines into cubes,
  • each cube is just made by drawing a diagonal line which is parallel to the
  • diagonal line of the original diamond above it, we need in total five cubes, all
  • stacked up on top of each other and each cube needs to be the same height as
  • the one above it...
  • next, from the baseline on the right, we can extend this baseline
  • we can repeat this for the next two diagonal lines which go towards right
  • extending them further off towards the right, now we can divide this shape into
  • equal sized cubes with vertical lines and also diagonal lines that can link up
  • with the diagonal lines on the left hand side of the original column of cubes
  • that we drew, we need four extra cubes going in a row towards the right,
  • next we can join the last of the two cubes on the right to the first cube
  • that we drew, with three parallel diagonal lines
  • from the second cube in
  • our column we could extend the second and third diagonal lines to the right
  • and this will create our last three cubes, next we can just erase two short
  • lines and they need to be the right-hand side of the first cube, its base and the
  • right hand side, the right hand vertical side, we can just tidy up the impossible
  • triangle now a little bit too,
  • now starting in the middle base of our
  • diamond, we can darken this central line, next we can darken the left hand
  • vertical line here, we can darken the left-hand baseline at
  • the base, next to darken the two right-hand vertical cubes from our
  • column, next we could darken the three diagonal lines on the right...
  • and then the three diagonal lines from the diamond going right, we now have the
  • impossible triangle a shape that you can draw in the two-dimensional surface of a
  • piece of paper, but you can't really make it in 3d, it's an impossible shape in
  • that sense, now we can make this impossible triangle into a series of
  • cubes, to do this the first step is to make each of the lines which isn't an
  • outside line of the triangle, into a double line, to separate all of the cubes
  • that we already have, so they don't quite touch...
  • as we do this we could also check and make sure that all of our diagonal lines
  • are parallel to each other!
  • in this drawing they're only actually three different types of lines sort of lines,
  • there are vertical lines which will parallel, the diagonal lines to the left, which are all
  • parallel to each other and then they're also diagonal lines to the right, which are
  • also all parallel to each other...
  • once you have doubled up all of the lines that separate the cubes, we can
  • carefully erase the outside line just at the end of each of these double lines,
  • then once we have done that we can add the missing bits in these little areas
  • to each of the cubes to make it look 3d and separate from its neighbors, now we
  • are ready to add some tonal values to this drawing, I think, with the impossible
  • triangle you could see it as three "L" shapes so the first "L" shape could be a
  • black tone, the second "L" shape could be a mid-tone and then the last sort of "L"
  • shape could just be the white of the paper, thank you very much for watching
  • this video, I hope you liked it and find it useful for your own drawings, if you'd
  • like to learn more please visit my website:
  • www.circlelineartschool.com
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  • Thank you very much for watching, keep drawing and see you next time!

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