Inspiration: M.C. Escher’s patterns

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  1. totally would want prints of the first one & last one framed simply in a kitchen or some such… & they’d make amazing upholstry fabric!!

  2. If you were to ask me who was more insane: Escher or Hunter Thompson… I’d without a doubt say Escher. His work is absurd (in a good way).

  3. Thanks for this, James. It’s nice to be reminded and re-inspired by the greats of yesterday. It’s so easy to just get caught up in what’s ahead in design, and staying up to date on the latest trends. As artists, we need to remember the massive artistic leaps that have been made by our predecessors.

    I would argue that our greatest inspiration as artists and designers should come from what has stood the test of time, rather than only looking to our contemporaries for inspiration.

  4. I’ve always been fascinated by Escher’s work as well, whenever I see his stuff I can’t help but try to parse out the steps in creating it and I believe part of my brain melts in the process. What’s the name of the “thick book” you mentioned?

  5. A personal favourite of mine is the one where the lizards in the pattern crawl out, become “three-dimensional”, breahte steam, and then return to the pattern. It not only looks cool, but it combines his more photorealistic style with his pattern work, and also has his pattern represented in perspective. Quite something, when you look at it. Which is what you should do with it.

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