Escher Castle
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As the title suggests, this picture is inspired by the optical illusions and impossible objects created by MC Escher. I have already made several pictures inspired by Escher and I love playing with various principles of drawing, tricking the eye of the viewer and creating impossible objects. Other such pictures I have made are the City of Stairs and Romeo and Juliet. I did have great fun devising it, though it was certainly not easy to make it all properly fit together.

Main inspiration for this picture comes from Escher's famous Waterfall. Or, in its most basic form, it is the Impossible triangle (or Penrose triangle)

But in this case I tried to make it slightly different by using a real perspective instead of isometric (or axonometric) view, which is most often used for such illusions, and higher field of view showing areas both below and above the horizon (so we see the lower part of the castle from above and the higher part from below). This was quite challenging, because the principle of the Penrose triangle doesn't really work around the horizon. You may notice that both in the lower and in the upper part of the picture there are numerous bridges between the towers, meeting and intersecting in some crazy ways, but there are not so many around the centre of the picture. That's just because the same principle wouldn't work there. But still I hope I managed to make it interesting. :-)

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Krema-ART's avatar
Úžasné, opravdu detailní :clap:
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Díky, jsem rád, že se líbí. :-)
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Toucam|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
This is absolutely amazing! As someone who likes creating mathematical art, I really appreciate the effort and vision put into this piece.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you, I really enjoyed drawing this, though it took a lot of time.
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Seleneboxer's avatar
What an amazing tribute to my all time favorite artist ever!  You did it right; it looks real until you start following paths :)
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you so much, I am glad you like it! :-)
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TheMentaleseFalcon|Professional Traditional Artist
This is one of the best executed tributes to Escher's ideas I've seen.
It has just the right amount of detail to sell the illustration and right amount of complexity to fascinate with the impossible.

As critique, the lower stories (pillars) could have been just a little taller so that the little people could not 'reach out with their hands and touch the impossible'. I think part of the impossible constructions fun is the mental journey on the path, like the ant on the mobius strip, if you follow what I mean. (if they can touch the impossible, they don't need to make the journey.)

well done!
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you for your comment and thoughtful critique.
I agree with you, perhaps the problem is that I wanted to put too many parts and objects in a limited space, so they are often too close together – more space could certainly benefit them.
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mbinz's avatar
great perspective! `¬)
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! :thanks:
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dtw42|Hobbyist General Artist
Very good stuff that! :-)
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks! :-)
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kuro-mono|Professional Traditional Artist
Such a clean and intricately drawn piece. I personally love architectural art (though I'm very bad at executing them) and while I have been too familiar with the optical illusion tricks, I find your work very refreshing because it really TRICKED me at first, thinking "Oh this is such a nice, symmetrical structure" but as I looked closer I started to see that it isn't a normal castle Wow!  It's very nice how you have created a bit of varieties for different parts of the castles but still made it look so well-balanced. I also love the fact that you've added people doing various jobs inside and outside the castle, it gives a sense of the normal everyday life which contradicts the surreal quality of the structure, and I guess it would have been boring without the interaction of tiny humans so good job!!!!

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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! I am very glad to hear that it really tricked you. =D
I really enjoyed devising both the impossible outline of the structure and various details, including the people (for a time I hesitated whether to include them, but I am glad that I did so). :-)
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M88Dragonfire|Hobbyist General Artist
Amazing! This must have taken a lot of planning.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It certainly did, but it was very interesting to work on it! :-)
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Allucy-hatchina|Student Digital Artist
Wow!!! 
The abstractness of the castle itself, and all the detail looks really cool, and seems to show you more the more you look at the picture!!
Great job :D It really feels like an Escher piece!!
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot, that's just the impression I wanted to create, to invite viewer to look on it for a longer time. :-)
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DarkMatterExia00's avatar
I can tell that this took you hours to complete. I love the attention to detail and how it incorporates 3D. This is a great piece of art.
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thank you! Yes, it took me quite a lot of time, but it was quite interesting to work on. :-)
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Liswyn|Hobbyist General Artist
It is so clean and intricate, one could confuse it with a real project until they found out the arches don't really connect to the "right columns". You did an awesome job here, the image is very well centered and the elements are all well balanced. Even being a mostly-lineart work, the simple shading and the addition of the details on the roofs, towers, ladders and stairs made the whole piece gain quite a depth. I just love how this is so straight-lined and at the same time completely surreal. Definitely caught my eye. Congratulations!!
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MatejCadil|Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks a lot for your comment! I had a lot of fun devising it, though of course it had to be well planned. 🙂
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Liswyn|Hobbyist General Artist
I don't doubt it, looks like it's harder to make a nonsense design than a perfectly square one, and you do it greatly!! :D
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This is truly AMAZING!
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