Sunday, April 27, 2014

The "Idea" of Little Worlds - Part 3.

   Welcome  back, folks! Here's another batch of Globes and globe-like designs! Let's get into it, shall we? Now that I'd gotten the basic globe shape down pat (round) I started playing with using the same pattern elements with variations in shape.
Update: IMAO Link of the Day - You won't believe what he does with a protractor!
Equatorial Bulge. 10/24/06 
My Heart Is Blue. 05/10/07
   I occasionally lose my fascination with randomness and try to go in the other direction and emphasize pattern and symmetry. Sometimes I even succeed.
Almost Symmetrical Globe. 12/11/09

HyperWeave. 03/19/10
   HyperWeave isn't exactly a globe, but I used the globe pattern elements to modify a weave pattern. That gave me the idea that I used to make Inner Strength.
I mean this one!
This next one is another stab at maximum pattern, minimum randomness.
Octoglobe. 08/24/11
I doubled the design from 8 to 16 to 32 to 64 to 128 to 256 points around the edges. Actually it's more of a dream-catcher than a globe. Globular Dream-Catcher? Meh, it's pretty, so what do I care what category it belongs in?
   Then I found a new way of drawing straight lines curved.
Illusion of Curvature 2. 01/24/12
If you draw straight lines horizontally and vertically connecting equidistant points around the circumference of a circle, then draw a second set of lines connecting the corners of the first set of lines diagonally, then turn the whole thing so the it's 45 degrees off plumb, so that the horizontal and vertical lines become the diagonal lines and vice versa, this is what you get. It's simple, really!
   Then I tried it using 3 sets of lines instead of just 2.
Illusion of Roundness. 02/06/12
It needs work. So, back to the curvature idea.
Convex Window. 02/09/12
After I finished this one, it reminded me of a scene from an old H.P. Lovecraft novel, The Lurker at the Threshold, but only sort-of, so I called it Convex Window and let it go at that.
Protraction. 02/13/12
 Protraction is an homage to one of my favorite design tools, the humble protractor. Well done, protractor, well done!
   This last one isn't exactly a globe or a protraction, but it's mostly round and pretty cool looking, so it's in!
Universal Gear. 04/30/12
And now, Kevin Koastie! Do you feel "Lucky"? Well, do ya, punk? ;-)
Update: A Musey for jw! Luckiest Unlucky Man in the World! (I mean the guy in the video, not jw!)

Clarence the Talking Penguin Executes a One-handed/flippered "Air Quotes" gesture.


  1. Octoglobe reminds me of a stained glass window.
    llusion of Curvature 2. reminds me of an Amsler Grid
    Universal Gear. reminds me of a burr coffee grinder

    and pengy probably needs a lozenge for his sore throat.

    1. Kevin should remember that if he "chokes his penguin" too much, he might go blind! I looked up Amsler Grid - I didn't know that was a thing! Huh, I learn something new everyday! Thanks, jw!

  2. You did something clever and effective, too, in Octoglobe (not for the first time) in the use of the rectangular frames behind it to bring out a third dimension illusion. Say, the brown stippling in the innermost rectangular frame -- was that done by pencil, by hand? It has such a different texture.

    In 'Illusion of Roundness' 2/6/12 I see a little green monster in the center, but one with a beating heart.

    1. I fill in the background of some of my designs with a light crosshatching of color to make the design in the foreground stand out, and to fill in the corners of the page. Yes, by pencil, by hand.
      I colored "Illusion of Roundness" from the outer edge to the center with progressive layers of color, the 'beating heart' was just the last bit to be colored. That's how the randomness sometimes manifests itself. I didn't see a green monster before, but now that you mention it, yeah, I can see it! Here, have a Musey!

  3. Yes-s-s-s! Thanks!

    You have to admit, he's a friendly-looking monster, as monsters go.

    It's a commentary on your excellence that such works as 'Hyperweave,' 'My Heart Is Blue,' and 'Inner Strength' can be silently appreciated without need for further comment -- that the virtuoso performances can be considered the norm. Coming from any other artist they would generate reams of discussion! Instead, we just revel.

    1. Thanks, Oppo! I love drawing these things, and I'll probably continue drawing them as long as I live, but it's good to know that they're appreciated.


    this video just seemed to fit this Kevin Koastie

    1. Thanks, jw! I already added it to the post, with accreditation, just above the cartoon!