By Lauren Harmon | Tuesday, July 01, 2014
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.
With online video courses at lynda.com, you can reach your goals faster. Learn software, improve your skills, and get an inside look at how the professionals work.
Share this article:
Tags: Deke McClelland, Design, Illustrator, Deke's Techniques, Adobe Illustrator
You can change your email preferences at any time. We will never sell your email. More info
Thanks for signing up.
We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.
Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:
Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.
We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go Review and accept our updated terms of service.