Module 4: M.C. Eschers’ Clever use of Line

Hands showing  paper sketch 1

Here I experimented with taking an oval, slicing it, and displacing the sections. This created an interesting effect that looked almost like heat distortion on a sun, and the flipped section on the bottom looked sort of like an eclipse or the sun going below a curved horizon. I scrapped this idea because it didn’t tessalate well, but it inspired me

Hands showing  paper sketch 2

Here I looked up the assignment requirements again, and started trying to investigate how I could incorporate a sense of depth as well as texture only using abstract shapes. Using the “sun” idea from my previous sketches, I came up with a sun/moon over water looking effect using simple abstract shapes.

Photoshop sketch

Something I tried in photoshop, it was interesting but I’m not sure it counts as a tessalation

Photoshop Draft 1

Here I remembered we were supposed to add texture but forgot it shouldn’t be recognizable images. It’s using the moon, the sun, the stars, and the sea as texture. I like it but it doesn’t really fit the requirements

Photoshop Draft 2

Current draft. Trying to create a sense of depth / texture using only lines.

Final Version (Possibly)

Proper tessellation, and changed the lines — I think it does a better job at conveying a sense of depth

M3 Gauguin and Hidden Design

Chosen Gauguin Painting – The Yellow Christ

Three Thumbnail Sketches

I liked all of them, but the third one appealed to me the most and is the basis for the final project

Photoshop Draft 1

Draft 2 – Starting coloring and shading

First revision

I decided to emphasize Christ as the center of the image by using it as the source of light for shading all other shapes, and by trying not to use warm colors elsewhere in the photo so that the yellow/red would stand out.  Per feedback I added variety of shapes, as well as some lines