Category Archives: Anamorphic Arts

Anamorphic Art

14 Mar 17
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Anamorphosis art is an art form which tricks your eyes by using a different perspective. All you see will be only some irregular twirls on a flat surface, but they will appear as excellent pictures when viewed through a cylindrical mirror placed at the centre of the surface. They are hidden from your eye until you look at them in the right way from the right place. Interesting! Isn’t it?

What happens in Anamorphosis?
It is hard to describe what is happening in Anamorphosis using a single word. It is not exactly stretching, transformation or mere visual illusion but a combination of all the three. Simply put, when you look at a flat image in a cylindrical mirror, it appears distorted. An Anamorphosis artist just reverses the perspective. He creates a distorted image on a flat surface so that it gets the right appearance when viewed through a cylindrical mirror. Conical and pyramidal mirrors can also be used as per the technique employed by the artist.

It’s all about focus!
Anamorphosis artists require immense precision and creativity. Mastering this art form requires patience and perseverance. Even looking at an Anamorphosis painting requires skills. Each painting has its own way to look at so that you get to see the beautiful image. The success of a viewer lies in his focus. A viewer gets to see a perfect and distortion free image only when his viewpoint is in synchronisation with the artist’s viewpoint.

Common uses of Anamorphosis
The most common use of Anamorphosis is for road signs. Road signs need to be written or drawn in such a way that it appears perfect when viewed from the driver’s seat. It will appear distorted to a viewer looking at it directly from the top. Anamorphic images were commonly used in past when any secret information, especially of politically sensitive nature was to be conveyed to particular people.


Scratch Art

10 Feb 17
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Scratch art is a special technique used to create excellent drawings. As the name implies, scratch art literally makes use of scratching for painting. Scratching is done on paper or foil board which is coated with gesso or wax. Most common types of scratching are the black and white approach and the metallic ones. For black and white techniques, scratch boards covered with black paint is used. Similarly, metallic coating is used for the latter.

What are the tools required?
Stylus, scratch brush, scratch knife, etc. are the tools used for scratch drawings. They are used to scratch the black paint on the top of the board, thereby showing the white board under it. Scratching can be done in required patterns so that it ultimately turns into a beautiful picture. Paintings made on metallic board will look similar to etched pictures due to their metallic background

Beauty lies in precision
Using the tools and doing smaller strokes are the best approach to creating a good painting. Larger strokes make control difficult. You may have to start all over again if a series of larger strokes go wrong. Unlike the paintings on paper, you cannot erase a scratch which is done. If you go for smaller strokes, you will be able to fix small mistakes without having to start the painting again. Also, don’t use very hard strokes as it may tear the paper or foil.

Step by step method for beginners
Attach and trace the picture on the board
Remove the picture off the board.
Start scratching the traced picture along the borders using a scratch knife
Scratch the white areas first and leave the black and grey areas as black.
Work on the details of the black region to make it grey or lighter as required.

Take your time so that you can gradually become a good scratch artist.


Anamorphic Scratch Art

25 Jan 17
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Anamorphic art and scratch art are two exciting areas in the field of painting. A combination of the two makes a really unique and extraordinary art form. There are not many artists who practise this unique fusion. Simply put, the combination is nothing but scratching a distorted image in a scratch board. The viewer will get to see the undistorted image only when the scratch board is observed rightly through a cylindrical mirror.

To get an idea of what an anamorphic image is, think of the road signs which you see frequently on the road. Those signs are painted using the simplest form of Anamorphosis which is mainly stretching. They will give their actual look only when viewed from the driving seat of vehicles passing by that way. A passer-by who views it directly from above will be able to see only a stretched version.

Successful creation of both anamorphic and scratch paintings requires precision and patience. Every detail has to be taken care of properly as you do not have the option of easy erasing and redrawing like the normal ones. Scratches once made in the board are done permanently and unless it is a small stroke which can be modified, you will have no other option than to start the picture all over again.

The individual art forms being considerably complicated, the fusion is a really time consuming task which requires immense patience and hard work. You cannot master it all of a sudden within a few days. Intense practise with concentration is the only way to learn the fusion technique. The best approach to master this art form is to begin with simple paintings and try to do them with perfection. You may not find it easy in the beginning as you will have to start all over many times. But don’t give up! Once mastered, it is really great and commendable