This is the first of what I hope to make a series of "Talent Envy" posts. I think it is just fitting that I feature the amazing, amazing Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher (or simply M.C. Escher).
"Relativity" (lithograph, 1953)
Mr. Escher is what most of us would refer to as an "institution" in the field of graphic design. His ability to produce what many deem impossible is what continues to fascinate fans like myself. (And he started in the 1920s - waaaaay before Photoshop became the norm.)
"Hand with Reflecting Sphere". Also known as Self-Portrait in Spherical Mirror (lithograph, 1935)
He is best known for exploring the concept of infinity and for his mathematically-inspired lithographs. Some of his works can still be seen in some school text books.
"Up And Down" (lithograph, 1947)
"Drawing Hands" (lithograph, 1948)
Learn more about him and his work here: M.C. Escher.