Sunday, October 28, 2012

Jazzing up old designs

I'm playing around with gimp (a photoshop-like tool) to add some fullness to my designs.  It's nice to have a better selection of colours and gradients. With the broccoli picture above, I like the way the curves lines contrast the hard edges of the pentagons. I need to update PolygonRnD to give me higher resolution on the small pentagons. Originally when I made the software, I did not allow for changing scale so there was no need to output more than 3 decimal places for the I have to go back and fix it.  I'll get around to it eventually.

Here, I just played with gradients and shading outside the pattern. I like the warm colours as well as the blending of the types of pentagons.  I posted paper versions of this in my office with the hopes of capturing some young minds in the patterns.

Monday, October 08, 2012

2 balloon decorative truncated tetrahedron

I've been playing around with a few balloon patterns that have odd degree vertices.  Lately, I revisited the doubling up the edges approach.  Here's my latest pattern.  The notation is a bit cryptic but. The pink strokes indicate where a connection has to be made. The big numbers mean  big bubbles and the small numbers mean 1 inch bubbles.

Probably this would make an OK flower vase--it has three points of contact which is good for balance. This is a view from the top. I'll probably make a youtube vid on this.

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