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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 08, 2014

How to Draw a Penrose Triangle in Illustrator

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Last week, you created a Möbius strip in Adobe Illustrator. This week, Deke expands on this technique—expanding it into three dimensions, to be precise. Here in this movie he’ll show you how to draw a Penrose triangle — an impossible object — where each corner seems to simultaneously recede and advance toward the viewer. It’s impossible because it can’t actually be built as one solid object. But it can be drawn that way!

This technique results in a common alternate version of the Penrose triangle that is broken into cubes. It combines the Line Segment and Rotate tools, joined paths, and the Move command, as well as some adjustments with the Arrange menu to change the “depth” of each cube on screen. Just click Play to start learning.

Want more Deke’s Techniques? Visit the library and watch the follow-up movie where Deke shows how to shade your cube and make it more intense.

Then come back next week for a tutorial on making selective black-and-white adjustments in Photoshop.

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