May 13, 2018

M.C. Escher’s Mind-Bending Mathematical Prints Now Available Online

I know it's a cliche to be a nerd who loves M.C. Escher, but boy am I a nerd who loves M.C Escher. This is a great new digitized collection of his prints from @BPLBoston: — John Overholt (@john_overholt) May 4, 2018 Today, you can find a wealth of optical illusion art with the click of a mouse. Before interactive videos and animated gifs, however, there was the mind-bending work of M.C.

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April 20, 2018

6 of the Best Drawing Inks for Calligraphers, Artists, and Beyond

Ink drawing is one of the oldest forms of art making, and it’s a tradition that keeps even the most casual creatives in good company. The imitable Leonardo Da Vinci, for instance, kept careful sketchbooks with ink; modern drawers still make the most of this material—there’s even Inktober, a global drawing challenge that revolves around pen and ink drawings. If you’re just getting started with ink, it can be daunting to pick what you’ll use.

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April 5, 2018

Illustrated U.S. Map From 1932 Shows the Medicinal Plants Native to Each State

Renowned for the rarity of its cartographic treasures, the David Rumsey Map Collection is a one-of-a-kind organization. Over half of its 150,000 historic documents—including one of the world's largest maps—has been digitized, allowing the public to explore the charted world like like never before. One recent addition to this virtual library is the Medicinal Plant Map of the United States, a vintage guide to each state's pharmaceutical flora.

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