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By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Drawing a Möbius Strip in Illustrator

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Möbius strips: the stuff of wonder. A favorite of Escher and other pop artists. The shape that launched a thousand armchair philosophers.

It’s a flat loop with two sides—but only one continuous surface. The best example is a long strip of paper, like a streamer, that is twisted once and then looped. If you were small enough (or the strip large enough) to walk along the surface, you would traverse both sides of the paper without ever crossing the edge.

This week Deke shows you how to create an even more complex variation of a Möbius strip, which wraps around on itself a total of six times.

Learn how to build this fantastic shape in Adobe Illustrator by following along with the free video. Deke takes you from a completely empty artboard to a pixel-perfect drawing—with a couple of carefully drawn paths, the Blend option, the Rotate tool, Live Paint, and more. lynda.com members can visit the library to find out how to create a more fully rendered version of their Möbius strip.

Watch the free video to get started. At the end, Deke reveals a few more cool characteristics of a Möbius strip. Next week, he continues the investigation into mysterious and impossible objects with a technique for drawing a Penrose triangle.

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