A mirror-image ambigram; acrylic on 8″x10″ canvas board. (The paint is still wet, which accounts for the glare! More touch-ups are probably coming, too.) 🙂
Hey everyone, I bet you thought I’d disappeared forever. Well, like many people, these past five or so months have been really hard on me, and the isolation that is COVID-19 is only a small part of it. Depression and personal issues have been weighing me down badly… BUT… I do have an ambigram to share with you. 🙂 I have a gallery show of ambigrams coming up next month, so that has more or less forced me to work on a couple of things. This particular ambigram is one I created quite awhile ago, but I decided to make a proper painting out of it (8″x10″, acrylic). So here you go…
Acrylic on 8″ x 10″ canvas board. I like to do the book titles as “vertical-axis” ambigrams (mirror-reflection style) for two reasons. First, the style better fulfills Poirot’s sense of symmetry than a rotational ambigram would do. Second, I’m thinking of them in terms of a book cover or a fixed display, and it’s sort of handy in that case to get the visual effect without having to physically rotate the thing.
I’m pleased with the legibility of this particular one… and also the elephant. 🙂
Acrylic on canvas board. I was very pleased with the concept for the illustration, and with how the malachite table turned out. [A note on this series: since ambigrams are invariably a graphic design featuring perfect symmetry, I do graphically alter my pictures to likewise attain perfect symmetry. The original little paintings are quite symmetrical and close to what you see here, but utilizing graphic precision makes for a “truer” and more striking ambigram.]
My apologies for being WAY behind on blog posting. I’ve been making new things and sharing elsewhere, but I’ve been remiss here. So I’ll start with one of a series of new ambigrams I’ve done lately: the Christie title, Death in the Clouds.
I’ve been doing various book titles as mirror ambigrams lately– that is, there is a vertical axis and both halves of the image are identical. The benefit to this kind of ambigram is that you don’t have to physically turn the thing to get the full effect. 🙂 This particular image bears some similarity to the first Christie title I painted, The Hollow. Both painted mirror ambigrams take advantage of story-appropriate imagery, traced through the center letters, to aid in the overall ambigram design. I’m looking forward to trying more of these. 🙂
This is one of my first attempts at a “mirror” ambigram, with its vertical axis. (I thought I’d start with a fairly easy title!) It’s also the first ambigram design I’ve painted. Readers of the book The Hollow might recognize Yggdrasil, the tree that is sketched by an artist in the story. 🙂 Acrylic on canvas board; 5×7″.