Drawing an Impossible Hex Object in Adobe Illustrator

In this week’s free episode of Deke’s Techniques, Deke uses Adobe Illustrator to construct another impossible object.

While last week’s Devil’s tuning fork illusion was based on duplication of lines and shapes (and gradients), this week’s relies very heavily on an elaborate set of custom guides.

It begins with a series of concentric hexagons drawn with the shape tool:

A series of concentric hexagons

To which Deke adds a complete set of custom diagonal lines, using the copy and rotate (or Rotate with copy) commands.

Guides made in Adobe Illustrator with concentric hexagons and diagonal lines

And after this guide complexity is locked down, Deke uses the pen tool to draw the one third of the complex shape and (again) rotate, copy, and color it into being.

An impossible object drawn in Adobe Illustrator

If you’re a member of LinkedIn Learning, Deke’s got an exclusive movie this week in which he shows you how he turns this hex shape into a pattern. Because Deke’s never met a hexagon that didn’t need to become a pattern in Adobe Illustrator.

A pattern created from an impossible object in Adobe Illustrator

Deke’s Techniques, guiding you toward the impossibilities!

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Comments

  • I read your blog about techniques related good to read this posting.
  • I have many videos and read the blog of Deke’s that is giving the good informations about the drawing, design, and developments. Peoples are inspired by their videos and also take a useful lesson. These types of blogs are informative for everyone. Usually, I read their blogs because it is helpful for me.
  • You will find many videos on the internet that will help you. Although it won’t be that easy to pick out these the steps. You need to make sure that your illustrator opens in the background so you can easily carry on these steps without any barriers.
  • according to adobe illustrator now Find that it is so easy to build your artwork in Adobe Illustrator with basic vector shapes that you can reshape, join, and shading to make eye-getting outlines.
  • I think Actually Illustrator is a good tool to learn how to draw on. In fact you can take images and add them to your illustrator file and trace over them. This will assist you in becoming familiar with all the tools, but it does take some time getting use to though. Personally I prefer Photoshop because it has more features that Illustrator doesn’t have.
  • Great work you have done keep sharing.

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