Let me suggest you tweet this:
The problem with repetitive patterns is that you get lost. I want enlightenment, or at least temporarily illuminating the dark side of intricate, entangled, lines and shapes.
We're talking about patterns here, patterns that are great to
look at but hard to make. Well, not that hard, actually.
Starting at the end, here is the result, this is what we want, everyone --
And this is what it's made of, where pattern recognition comes into play -- the smallest atomic piece that, once repeated, makes up a whole tiled wall or wallpaper --
Now, let's deconstruct this pattern and analyze it --
The small shapes correspond to #1 while the larger figures are represented as #2.
Elements are turned upside down, rotated, mirrored, morphing into on another and through the boundaries of the boxes.
There is just one rule: The top has to fit seemlessly to the bottom and the left must fit the right -- without mirroring; any mirror effect has to take place within the tile, which doesn't have to be square, obviously.
See what happens in these inaccurately drawn, schematic tiles --
The hard part, and the art part, is to work as accurately as possible. This is important because the desired rapport is a seemless pattern.
Bonus points are awarded for avoiding the swastika pattern, which is way too easily created by rotating elements in an attempt to create visual "harmony." (Lyrois Pattern Law #1: When you think you're done, look for, and remove the swastikas.)
I'll leave you with some ready-made tiles that you can use as your Twitter background image, just right-click, save-as, and you're done --
As for the second tile, who can tell me something about this one, concerning normalization and pattern recognition?
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