Found another iPad App to do tessellations. Sames rules of symmetry, but with different tools. iOrnament. I’ve only played with it for a week now, but here are a few differences and advantages listed.
- Colour of the background can be changed
- All lines can be edited for colour, thickness, shape outline
- All fills can be edited
- Export of the image can be low, medium or high resolution lossless PNG
- All colours used in the drawing are saved to the colour palette and can be retrieved and reused
- The drawing can be locked and safe for a show and tell session in someone else’s hands
- The final drawing can be tweaked to perfection, or look like a sketch, whatever drawing style you wish to achieve
- KaleidoPaint remembers your settings from a previous work session, there is no need to set everything up again each time you reopen the app
- unlimited number of drawings can be saved
- Layers! Only 3, but still quite useful. But, one is squandered for changing the background colour, one is used for fills, i.e., painting behind some outlines, and the last top layer for the lines. The layers here try to compensate for the fact that there is no fill option, as well as no possibility to change the background colour.
- Options are available to shade your characters in different hues, easier for comprehension in certain circumstances. But the option is controlled by the CPU, not the artist. Too bad. The results are not spectacular. Hint for Jeff here!
- Blur option on lines, and opacity as well, although I have not yet experimented with this
- Lots of tips on using the software, well illustrated
- The whole process of the drawing can be viewed as an animation, though I have not figured out where the switch is, to turn this on/off
- Can export a “tile” of the drawing, which makes it easy to recreate a large surface for printing
- Remaps the drawing over a sphere at the tap of a button, or similar to M.C. Escher’s Circle Limit woodcuts, for any of the possible symmetry groups.
- For completely ridiculous reasons, the number of drawings that can be saved on the tablet is 20! I’ve had times when I’m working on a dozen tessellations at a time, a bit now a bit then. I counted 140 on my tablet at present, in KaleidoPaint, 80% of then completed. I also like to show them while active, zooms and spins are more fun than a static image.
Below, the Soccer Kid tessellation, was sketched in iOrnament, a new (for me anyhow) iPad app. The players do share their head space, which is great when you are playing soccer, unites the team’s focus, no missed passes or misunderstandings. I’ve been told these kit colours are close to the München 1860 jerseys. 88 is the only number with double bilateral symmetry, nothing else works in this symmetry system, well, 11 without a serif font would work too, or 00!
The image below, is generated by the app, automatically. It maps the tessellation onto a sphere, using 4 possible methods. Which I still need to explore. It is unfortunate that the quality of the exported image is so low. Maybe on a next upgrade. Hint here for Jürgen!
And below, another option to map the tessellation onto a sphere! This one spins in a show and tell session. But beware, there is no way to lock these drawings… if one finger only is used on the sphere, it smears another line on your drawing! Ahhhh