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Mountain Biker Tessellation

One Tessellation a Day, for 30 Days! Ya, right.

I thought maybe it would be a cool idea to challenge myself to do a tessellation a day for 30 days. Maybe in a few decades when my teacup is not overflowing.

I must point out the difference between a tessellation and a pattern, as in cloth, tiles or wallpaper. They both use the same symmetry rules for filling space. But in the case of tessellations, your aim is to reduce negative space, empty areas, to zero. Where every single square inch is used up by a recognizable figure. Continue reading

Tessellation Artists around the Globe

Artists

Since M.C. Escher started popularizing “nested shape” tessellations, many artist have dabbled in the field. Some show a passing interest, yet still create with a very deep understanding of the rules of symmetry. Others can’t get enough and create constantly in this medium. Still other artists push the boundaries and explore off-spurs, into fractals, circle limits, non-repeating planes, animation, metamorphosis, pentagonal rules, morphing shapes, platonic solid tessellations, architecture, consumer products… Continue reading

Sharing the walls with M.C.Escher in Italy

Three of my prints are being shown at the Stadt Galerie in Brixen, Italy, till the end of the month. Gelbe Karte, Prissy Groovy and Cool, and SnowflakesAndrew Crompton, David Hop, Hans Kuiper, Francine Champagne, Alain Nicolas, Fathauer Robert, Sam Brade are the artists representing the “Beyond” part of the show. All tessellations are part of the collection of Federico Giudiceandrea.

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Sketch to finished drawing in KaleidoPaint

How to skip quickly from a messy sketch to a finished drawing in KaleidoPaint

Sometimes, I find it difficult to spend hours tweaking a single outline for a tessellation. I’d rather sketch freely to come up with some ideas. This was the only way to do it, before the edit line/fill function came along in KaleidoPaint. My drawings were messy and close to impossible to change without adding more of a mess on top. Sometimes it was easier just to start over on a blank page. The trick I had found Continue reading