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.
Learn to create tessellation patterns with easy step-by-step lessons and plenty of examples. You will be drawing true nested shape tessellations in no time at all. No cardboard, no scissors, we will dive into all the symmetry groups over the next while. Using your iPad tablet, I will show you all the tricks I have learned in the last decade of drawing nested shape tessellations using KaleidoPaint. You will become a tessellation artist!
The Complete Rubber Ducky Collection: a series of tessellations, seventeen of them, covering the complete range of classic tessellation symmetry groups. All of these rubber ducky tessellations, all seventeen, were crafted and refined, in the space of fourteen days, from May 24, 2021, to the sixth of June. Quite a feat for me. When creativity is in the air sprinkled with intuition, follow the flow and take advantage of it, good things can happen. Where does this topic originate you ask? I have a rubber ducky on the handlebar of my bike. It squeaks and has flashy disco lights.
P6m. Not my favourite. Actually, it’s at the bottom of my list in symmetry groups. But, you gotta do what you gotta do. Every symmetry group studied and used for a few good tessellations. The one I’ve done before, that I truly like, is the Notched Louis Cubes (5th one down on that page). There’s not much you can place inside a sliver of a triangle, twelve repeats inside a hexagon, and have it make sense. Easy to do 12 point mandalas, but these are not tessellations in my book.
It started off quite innocently. Futzing with a geometric construct from a few months ago. Watching the news, drinking my morning coffee. Sometimes I don’t know where these ideas come from, I just sense that my process might get me somewhere. Let the flow of intuition come. I kept on saving progress shots, 12 of them. And I can tell you, I was quite surprised at the outcome. Cathartic as I’ve heard.
I will expand from a previous post on recolouring tessellations, for aesthetic purposes or simply to be able to identify the characters in these nested shapes. There are many methods, some systems just make it a mess of colours, others offer clarity. It seems that the task of viewing tessellations is beyond the 60 second limit of most people. Wander and wonder followed by head tilt is what I strive for!
The MAC, McMillan Arts Centre in Parksville BC is located in the old turn of the century schoolhouse on Jensen. They recently repurposed the children’s cloakroom into a digital corridor, six TV monitors showcasing local artists. The theme for the next few weeks is “SURFACING”, a digital exhibit exploring the themes of surfacing from isolation and fear to renewal and emerging hope. Seeing as most of you are not travelling too much lately, here is the video I’ve included in the show.
This is the type of imagination you need for tessellations! To see the man in the moon. To see dogs and puffy sheep in the clouds. To see all sorts of people and animals in the outlines of countries. This is exactly what Zackabier has done in the video below: Europe according to creative people.
Maurits Srl created a video to explain the technical side of the seventeen symmetry groups. Three of my tessellations appear in there, dealing with three of these symmetry systems. Not my best work, but enjoy!
Started off trying to do camouflage, but ended up with a #Zentangle kind of design. Friday afternoons at the McMillan Arts Centre (the MAC) are lining up to be a quite productive time slots as artist in residence. First day on the job, I came up with the Great Blue Heron tessellation. And yesterday, this one.