Saturday, April 25, 2015

2010 Quasi-Fresh - July.

IMAO Link of the Day: Catch the Dream.
   Man! I can't believe I haven't posted anything here since April 3! I've had a Kevin Koastie cartoon all set to show for 2 weeks, but just haven't found the time to do a full-blown post. On the positive side, my next paycheck should show an enormous increase in the amount of Overtime pay! Maybe I'll splurge and buy a pound of hamburger with the windfall!

   Today I'll be showing the work I completed in July, 2010. Also a few Works-In-Progress and the aforementioned cartoon.

Dream Catcher #2. 7/7/10
   I'd done a lot of designs up to this point that involved drawing spiral lines from the center of the page out to the edges. As the lines moved out from the center they moved further apart from each other, so I'd add extra lines between the original lines and as they continued to move further apart I'd add even more extra lines between the lines I'd already drawn. Now, some of those designs turned out pretty cool, if I do say so myself, but I wanted to try something different. Dream Catcher #1 was the breakthrough! (Sorry I can't show it to you, but I sold it years ago.)
   What's different about these designs I call 'Dream Catchers' is that they involve exactly twice the number of lines as a regular old spiral design. I drew a spiral design, all the curved lines curving in the same direction, and then redrew the same design over the first design, but with all the lines curving in the opposite direction. I was so pleased with the results that I had to do several more in quick succession in order to explore the possibilities!

Dream Catcher #3. 7/12/10
   Of course, the center of the design, where all the lines converge, is the weak point of each design that has a center. It's kind of like how they say that the laws of physics break down within a 'Singularity' because of the extreme forces involved. Science! Well, when I've got a couple of hundred lines stretching towards the center, I have to do something with them before they converge there, or each design would end up with a messy mass of black ink at its core. But after I wrestle all those lines into some sort of order, I've got to fill the center of the design, (the bulls eye) with something, right?
   Hmmm... maybe I'll do a special post someday - featuring only the very center of all my circular designs, to show the various solutions I've come up with to answer the question, "Well, that looks pretty good, I reckon, but now what do I do to fill the hole at the center?" What would I call a post like that? "Plugging The Hole - A Retrospective"? :)

Wrecked Tangles. 7/15/10
   Wrecked Tangles is a throw-back to some of my earliest designs, where I started with total randomness and created a design by imposing order on the chaos. I did that by drawing little circles around the speckles on a piece of grey cardboard (the kind you sometimes find as the back cover of a notebook) and then playing 'connect the dots'. Well, starting with a blank piece of drawing paper, I didn't have any speckles to play with, so I drew some. I drew a bunch of concentric circles and semi-circles with my compass, and then placed a dot where any of the lines crossed. Then, with teeth gritting determination, I drew a whole bunch of rectangles. Except for the two triangles at the top and bottom of the design, every block of color in the design should have 4 sides. Now, if I'd made every block of color a triangle, it stands to reason that the design would have ended up at least one third more complex, but it is what it is!

Summer Cubed. 7/23/10
   Summer Cubed is a fairly simple 9 color design. It started as a hyper-cube, but then I wrapped it in a 3-point braid design and linked the two together with a shared color scheme. Why, it practically drew itself!

Sky Blue Monkey Wrench. 7/30/10
   This one has elements in common with Summer Cubed; external symmetry, internal randomness, and a 3-point braid motif. But I tried something different with the colors. Usually when I color a structure design like this, I'll pick trios of related colors to color the top, left and right of each part of the structure to help create the illusion of shadow and depth. With this design I added 1 extra color to throw off the pattern. I called the extra color the 'monkey wrench'. In this case that color was Sky Blue. Ta Da! Another title is born! I tried the 'monkey wrench' color thing a few more times, then stopped.

   Now here's a peak at a few works-in-progress!
New Old School - B & W
   Some parts of the line segments in the braid portion of this design were about 1/32 of an inch apart. I have to stop doing that before I go blind!

Work In Progress. 4/25/15
   I might title this one, "Thinking Inside the Box" or "Death And Taxes, 3.0". We'll see.

   And now for the high point of my week, and I'm sure of yours... Kevin Koastie! Yaaay!

OK, we've got elements of Buck Rodgers, Star Trek, Lord of the Rings and now Star Wars all mashed together. I've got room for just one more action/adventure/fantasy/sci-fi franchise to lampoon at this time. Which should it be?
Thanks everybody! Sorry for the delay. Please think good thoughts/pray for my dog Katie, she's very sick. Have a good week!

Friday, April 3, 2015

2015 Fresh - March.

IMAO Link of the Day: Finishing Things "In Progress".
   They closed down the place I work for a day in honor of Good Friday. Or they decided to give everyone a 3-day weekend that just happened to coincide with the celebration of Easter. Whatever.
   The point is I have an unexpected and unpaid vacation day and I feel like Dustin Hoffman in that movie, "Rain Man" as the minutes counted down to The Peoples Court TV show with Judge Whopner! What ever shall I do with all this spare time?

   So I decided to use this time to present the work I completed in March, 2015! That's the month that we just finished. It's 31 days long. Yeah, definitely 31 days long. April has only 30 days. 30 is a even number. You can divide it by 2 with no remainder. Yeah, definitely an even number. 31 is not an even number ... it's a prime number ... Oh Oh! Prime number! ... I'm a very good driver!

   Man, I need to make myself some coffee! (a brief time passes) Ah, better now!

   A few weeks back (2010 Quasi-Fresh - March. 2/25/15)  I showed a Work-in-Progress.
This One!

I said (concerning this design), "The tricky bit will be selecting the right pallet of colors. If I do it right, it'll look Fabulous!"
Fabulous. 3/2/15
   Then I got back to work on that Phoenix design again.
The Phoenix, 2nd Draft. 3/6/15
   Then I pressed on with another version!
The Phoenix, 3rd Draft. 3/10/15
      I changed the logo to make it easier to read, and modified the color pallet and the color progression, but it turned out to be a pretty good blend of random and ordered. You can almost smell the burning feathers!

   This next one was a fluke that inspired another new development which kept my interest for most of the rest of the month of March.
Cloud Grey Window. 3/13/15
    I've done these single-strand ribbon designs before, but a fluke in the dimensions of this design make it unique. I call it 'Cloud Grey Window' because I began coloring one of the ribbons with my Cloud Grey pencil, and the ribbon Just Wouldn't End!  The whole central part of the design is cloud grey, with streaks of cloud grey extending to every point of the design! Because I draw the ribbons in segments, and then later connect the ribbons at the edges, where they change direction, I had no idea that the one color would predominate the finished design that way. Now, this design was almost symmetrical - the fluke that broke the symmetry was in the extensions at the top and bottom of the design which I'd worked in to fill up the corners of the Window - 'cause it's supposed to be a window, see?
   So I started a little quest to explore ways to deliberately add 'flukes' to my designs that would preserve the symmetry of the outer edges of the designs, but allow great freedom for Randomness to do it's thing within the designs!

Doubled Random Dream Catcher. 3/14/15
    The center of this design reminded me of a checker board, so I distracted myself from my previous distraction by drawing another design that was extremely checkerboard-ish.

Circular Checker Board. 3/16/15

    Well, I couldn't leave that alone, so I played with the checker board motif again in my next design, but I also went back to the internal randomness quest as well. Oh, and since St. Patrick's Day came and went while I was coloring it, I added a layer of green to the design in honor of the holiday!

St. Patrick's Day Doubly Random Dream Catcher. 3/20/15
   After working out the doubly random design with a couple of dream catchers, I decided I was ready to try to apply the design structure to another single strand ribbon weave design.
I showed it 'in progress',
I mean this one.
And here's the finished design!
3.625 Times Around - (Doubly Random Single Strand Weave). 3/21/15
   By this time, Palm Sunday was rolling around, and I realized I hadn't done a single Easter-related design yet! So I used the oval motif I'd used in the previous designs, warped it into an egg shape, and made it Triply-Random! (but with lots of light, pretty colors 'cause Easter!)
Easter 2015. 3/24/15
Notice the little ring at the top? I drew that there to mark the beginning and the end of the longest continuous ribbon in the design. Follow the path if you can and you'll see that it's almost endless!
(but if you follow it long enough, you end up on top! Hmm... Did I just find an Easter metaphor in my Easter Egg design? If I'd done it deliberately, it wouldn't have worked - but since it was a fluke, something unplanned, just one of those things... yeah, I'll take it! Yay!) Happy Easter!

   Now we're almost done with March. Here's one more Triply-Random weave. With this one, I made the ribbons dark, and the background colors lighter. The result is gloomier than the above Easter egg, but I drew it closer to Good Friday, so gloomier is appropriate. But Sunday is a'coming!

Triply-Random Single Strand Weave with Complex Color Progression. 3/28/15

I couldn't resist! I have to play this video too!

Oh, and here's Kevin Koastie!

The fewmets have hit the windmill now!
Well, now it's time for me to get ready for church! Be Blessed!