The first time I ever saw an anamorphic design was as a teenager. I had wandered into Espace Dali in Montmartre where I saw a huddle of people chattering in a language I didn't understand, looking down at a painting lying flat on the table. Someone set a cylindrical mirror down on top of the image and suddenly the picture completely changed. It made my brain hurt a little, but I was intrigued.
While anamorphic images seem like something Dali would have invented, they have a history in art that goes back waaaay farther than that. Folks like Holbein and even da Vinci were known to incorporate anamorphic images in their art.
Today, when I was putting a lesson together for my students, I decided to try my hand at creating an anamorphic image of my own. Being without a cylindrical mirror, I used my Thermos cup as a reflective surface. The image that I used was based on "Sevilla Nights," a painting of mine that was used last spring as the cover art for Valley Planet.
First, I spent some time just playing around with looking at the reflection in the cup while drawing.
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