Learning from M.C. Escher (Part 1) : Handmade tessellations

Ana-Irina Vescan, Designer & Skillshare teacher

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11 Videos (52m)
    • 01 - Introduction

    • 02 - Tools

    • 03 - Background

    • 04 - One-One tessellation

    • 05 - Bring life to your shape

    • 06 - One-Two tessellation

    • 07 - Bring life to your shapes

    • 08 - The Grid

    • 09 - Copy and transfer your artwork

    • 10 - Coloring your artwork

    • 11 - Conclusion


About This Class

Making of tessellations: Escher style (Part 1)

M.C. Escher is one of my favorite artists ever, with work of a complexity beyond the normal mind's capacity to understand.  He was someone who was able to twist visual reality and create new dimensions.

In this class, we will not recreate or copy any of Escher's works, because that would be impossible. But want we can do is dive a little in the principles that Escher used to create his famous tessellations and to make some of our own

The basic concept behind tessellations is the regular division of the plane, that is, using a shape to cover the plane completely to create a grid.  There are not many ways to do that, because only a few geometrical shapes can cover a surface without leaving any space: squares, rectangles, some parallelograms and triangles and hexagons.

Escher used various types of grids to create his pattern and we will do so too.  In this class, which is the first in a series, we will create hand-drawn tessellations on a rectangular grid with one and two shapes. Eventually, we will move to the computer and digitize our drawings in Illustrator but, for the time being, I would like to take a moment and make some very cool hand-made patterns.

Do you feel up for it? If yes, grab some graph paper, a pencil and let's begin!

6 of 6 students recommendSee All

Clear & easy to understand instructions on how to design and hand draw tessellations.
Great explaining, really makes this style accessible to those of us who didn't go to art school.
Mira Metzler

Mixed Media Artist

It seems complex but Irina reveals the secret behind M.C. Escher's iconic style in an easy way. I think this is very useful for graphic designers and artist who wants to express a concept using tessellation.
Anabel Venegas

Designer and Illustrator





Ana-Irina Vescan

Designer & Skillshare teacher

My name is Ana-Irina and I am graphic designer living in Zurich. I love drawing and painting as my artsy hobby, but my true passion is putting my talent to use and creating graphics with a purpose. Here, on Skillshare, I am both a student and a teacher; I follow other graphic designers to expand my own horizon of creativity and I teach classes which I hope can help others learn new and fun skills.

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