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Twins develop low-tech method of transcribing reality to paper in amazing detail

When we draw from real life we try to capture what is in front of us in as accurate detail as possible. Even the very best artist may struggle however, with perspective, dimension and every complication that comes with trying to transcribe the three-dimensional world around us to a flat piece of paper.

According the New York Times: ‘As children in the back seat, Trevor and Ryan Oakes noticed that when they focused on the horizon, bugs on the windshield seemed to split in two’.

Two decades later and the identical twin brothers are still working on project surrounding what it means to have two eyes that see the same subject from subtly different viewpoints.

The Oakes brothers have created a metal concave easel, the contours of which match curving nature of a person’s three-dimensional vision. By using this easel they are spare the trouble of converting curved lines to flat paper.

Now here is the really crazy part: in order to save themselves the trouble of projecting an image onto their canvas or looking to and fro, the twins have become adept at crossing their eyes until one is looking at their subject and the other at the canvas, and then staying like that for hours! This means that they are able to create unbelievable accurate and detailed drawings of their surroundings.

Understandably, this is potentially a difficult concept to grasp. Here is a video from the Oakes brothers that might clear things up a bit.

Via mymodernmet

Ryan and Trevor Oakes optical drawing technique
Ryan and Trevor Oakes optical drawing technique
Results of the Oakes twins' 3D drawing
Results of the Oakes twins' 3D drawing
Ryan and Trevor Oakes optical drawing technique
Results of the Oakes twins' 3D drawing
Results of the Oakes twins' 3D drawing

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