Take a look at this art by a Malaysian artist named Brian Lai. It is obvious that he is a skilled artist, but it looks unrefined with little detail.
The real genius and detail of his art only comes out when you look at it through a negative lens!
He calls this technique invert art, and he invented it while at art school in Malaysia. He first draws out a reference sketch with normal coloring. Then he inverts the colors from the normal sketch. The hardest part is trying to get the toning right, because without proper toning the negative version will not look as refined.
Remember how Steve Jobs learned calligraphy because he liked it and stored it in his mind, only to retrieve it during the development of the Macintosh. The typography on the Macintosh is what set it above other computers. Brian has a similar story; he was thirteen when a friend took a photo of his signature with a negative lens. Brian was amazed, but did not think twice about it. Seven years later, when he was in art school that moment came back to him. He then tried to put that effect into his art, and he created invert art.
In Ward, Finke, and Smith’s paper Visualizing in a Creative way, they wrote, "Infusing subtle details into mental images, scanning the images to make not of the details, and recasting the images to see things in different perspectives can all inspire original discoveries.” This is exactly what happened to Brian. He had a mental image of a negative signature, and while in art school he recalled that image and used it to inspire his original discovery.
Check out this video of how he creates this amazing art.
Week 3- Ward, Finke, Smith