Question for the: Topic Challenge #1 – Famous Designers
I remember as a kid my favourite book in the whole house wasn't a book of fairy tales or colourful illustrations. It was The complete works of M.C. Escher. I could stare at his works for hours on end. Trying to wrap my head around how those little people could go up and down the stairs forever.
But what intrigued me even more were his Tessellation pieces, where he would divide a plane into interlocking figures, such as here:
Later, in his Metamorphosis pieces, he would take this a step further and morph one tesselation into another, like so:
Nowadays, it's pretty trivial to get a computer to calculate an optimal tesselation, but Escher didn't have any of that. And the metamorphosis works add a whole new level of complexity even a computer would find hard to do. So my question is quite simply: How did Escher make his art? If I wanted to do something similar today, how would I go about it?