A beautiful Raven tessellation, created decades before M.C. Escher’s time. Copying the masters has always been a superb way of learning anything, in any field. Since I started drawing tessellations, I’ve copied 10 of M.C. Escher’s tessellations, this is my first attempt at reinterpreting a Koloman Moser.Continue reading
Tag Archives: Symmetry Group P3
Simple Quick Patterns and Tessellations
This new class shows you easy ways to create quick patterns as well as new ways to vary your pattern layouts. TWENTY patterns in THIRTY minutes. We will use the four previous class symmetries to create these patterns showcasing the simplicity of the line.
All you need for this class is a good dose of imagination, an iPad, and a stylus. No need for advanced drawing skills. No math skills. No geometry jargon. No programming. Not even scissors and carboard.
And the KaleidoPaint iPad app is free!Continue reading
A Quickie Louis Cube
Some tessellations are super simple. Especially if you use the free KaleidoPaint App from professor Jeff Weeks. This one took 60 seconds!Continue reading
Another tessellation class is LIVE!
This time, we will zero-in on symmetry group P3, the Three Cozy Buddies is how I like to call these character arrangements. Humans, animals, birds and fish, or geometric designs, the topics are endless. If you know the artist M.C. Escher, then you’ve seen his wonderful tessellations.
All you need for this class is a good dose of imagination, an iPad, and a stylus. No need for advanced drawing skills. No math skills. No geometry jargon. No programming.
And the KaleidoPaint iPad app is free!Continue reading
Great Blue #Heron #tessellation
First time as artist in residence at the MAC, MacMillan Arts Centre, and there’s a snowstorm outside yesterday. Not one soul showed up, don’t blame them, I saw two pickup trucks in the ditch on my way back home. We are spoiled with the weather here, so we tend to forget our winter driving skills.Continue reading
One Line Louis #tessellation
Sounds line a shady drug-addicted character in a questionable part of town. But no, LOL. It’s a tessellation pattern accomplished with just one line!Continue reading
Canada Geese #tessellation
Originally designed this Canada Geese tessellation in the 90s. No giclée prints back then, it was complex screen printing. Multiple layers of ink over many days allowing drying time in between. The original print was huge, my biggest sheet of archival paper ever. The frames that stretched the fine mesh and stencils were big and cumbersome. But that was not my biggest problem.Continue reading
Quickie Louis Cube #Tessellation
Sometimes just a quick tessellation exercise is required to limber up the creative force. A favourite one is Louis Cubes. This pattern was created with KaleidoPaint and Pixelmator, both, great apps on a tablet.Continue reading
Re-Creating M.C. Escher’s Lizard #Tessellation
M.C. Escher’s Lizards are by far the most popular of Escher’s tessellations. It can be seen gracing many multitudes of surfaces, legally or illegally. From tattoos, puzzles, belt buckles, car wraps, flooring or landscaping stones… My initial introduction to tessellations was through redrawing this lizard in its nested shape during a class on crystallography at Carleton U. That was a few decades ago, in 1988. But, as I keep on repeating (no pun), to draw a tessellation or to truly understand the structure behind it are two different things.
Manta Rays #Tessellation, carved
Combining my two loves: Tessellations & Carving
Sketched this Manta Rays tessellation five years ago. Love its simplicity. One single line connecting the center of an equilateral triangle, repeated in 60 degree increments to the three corners of the shape. This tessellations falls into symmetry system P3. I have many more articles about wood carving on my other blog, www.champagnedesign.com. It is a fascinating field to explore.
Yes, another Dog #tessellation (taking a break from pentagons)
There are three of them living under this ruff. They own the place. Yahoos when they are not gate guardians. Named this one Bibi, possibly for bierbelly. It is based in symmetry group P3 and the pentagons of Type 3, a hexagon split three ways. It’s a stretch from its original lines, but that is indeed where I started. Quite a simple tessellation with only a few lines. And a favourite tail twirl around a three-way rotation point – I’ve done that one quite a few times. Continue reading
Whirling Dervish tessellation
The other side of me is the carver, 3D instead of digital artwork. I came across a carving by Chouki Derrouiche, a tessellation of Whirling Dervishes carved with different woods. Spectacular. I undertook to figure out which symmetry system Chouki used to create his nested shapes. I was baffled as to which symmetry system was being used Continue reading
This is a lesson in wearing eye protection. Taking care of your body, your outer shell for the time you spend on this planet. I have not yet learned this lesson. But I am listening. If you’re an artist or carver and your whole life depends on your vision, please read this. Continue reading
Three dogs tessellation
A new iPad app for me, iOrnament, is not quite as versatile for me to create tessellations, or as they seem to call them, nested forms. It feels like an earlier version of KaleidoPaint, Continue reading
Jewel Thief tessellation — symétruc de cambrioleur
Sketched this tessellation a few years ago. I must have watched a jewelry heist movie. Wouldn’t we all love to get away with it! Continue reading