Maureen Neuringer | COMD 3711 - Section HD30 | Spring 2022

03 Discussion

Each week you will need to respond to a question posted. Your response should be a minimum of 150 words for both questions. You should also include at least one response to your fellow students. The responses are a requirement for participation part of your grade.

Question 01 –

When making a ring shape that creates an overlapping crescent what makes the technique look like an Escher drawing?


  1. Byron Chamorro

    The combination of linear gradient and the type of blending mode serve to achieve this effect. The gradient fill creates the sense of direction and lighting, while the blending mode creates the sense of depth and transparency; the multiply blending mode, as the name suggests, it takes the color of the layer underneath it and multiplies its value, making it look darker, so when overlapping the elements our brain is tricked to see a see-through effect creating a sense of depth.

  2. Henry

    When making a ring shape that creates an overlapping crescent, I believed there are two main techniques that make it look like an Escher drawing. First, I think making the linear gradient in the fill circle helps make the crescent appears like an infinite allusion shape like in the Escher drawing. Especially when making two of them and putting them together to form a ring. Second, I think using the Opacity palette and making it from normal to multiply help as well. When the two crescents are overlapping one another and they are little transparent it help to make that infinite allusion again. Like a continuous round cycle.

  3. Sadman Hafiz

    I am not entirely sure about how to do this but I’m guessing, to make a ring shape that creates an overlapping crescent an Escher drawing, some of the things we can try are- the blending tool, gradient, different color choices, and probably the rotations. Escher drawings I believe are like patterns and mostly abstract. Duplicating and using different types of gradients and using different rotations on the moon can give us a pattern of some kind. We can also use high opacity and low opacity on some of the duplicated objects through blending, this may also make the design more Escher looking. Lastly, we can also try rotating some of the moons in different angles to make it a little more appealing. This is clearly based on how think an Escher drawing looks and how I will try to make the moon more Escherish. Overall, I think that applying above mentioned techniques may make the crescent more like an Escher drawing.

    • Henry

      I agreed with you that the overlapping crescent with opacity and the gradients definitely help the crescent look similar to Escher’s drawing. I came to a similar conclusion as you.

  4. Anie Yvon

    When making a ring shape that creates an overlapping gradient crescent, this particular technique does relate to some of Escher drawings. One of the drawings that relates to this is “Drawing Hands (1948)” and “Relativity (1953)”. The reason why I’ve chosen the “Drawing Hands” because the illustration shows two overlapping hands which they’re drawing sleeves for each other. While I took my time viewing this drawing, it appears as an illusion from my eyes also fascinating to see. This drawing definetly relates to the ring shape gradient overlapping crescent assignment we’ve done in class. The 2nd one “Relativity” is a very interesting detailed and eye catching illustration. It represents a world in which the normal laws of gravity isn’t presented from this picture. The stairs is showing a triangular overlapping effect and the people who are walking down & around it. Referencing back to the ring shape gradient crescent design, it pretty much does relate to this art piece because of the illusion that’s going on because it also shows an overlapping effect but in a circular shape.

  5. joseph asimeng

    Well just to give it a shot and if i ain’t mistaken, I think the certain thing, that really makes the technique look like an Escher drawing, could come from where you have to go to the bottom of the layers palette, where it says opacity-default, double clicking on knockout until you get a little check mark. That’s going going to poke a hole in the shape. Then create a black rectangle over everything and then move it to back. Arrange-send to back. I think that might be the case as my hypothesis, no science class

    • Sadman Hafiz

      I think what you said is also an approach we can try to see how it looks. I honestly have no idea as to how to make this look like an Escher drawing but I have different theories that I can try.

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