Tuesday, March 02, 2010
  • The Paint By Numbers Guide to Making Elaborate Patterns (+ Twitter Backgrounds)

    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 stare at but hard to make. Well, not that hard, actually.

    Starting at the end, here is the result, this is what we want, everyone --

    Lyrois: Sample Repetitive Pattern

    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 --

    Lyrois: Sample Repetitive Pattern

    Now, let's deconstruct this pattern and analyze it --

    Lyrois: Sample Repetitive Pattern Schema

    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 --

    Lyrois: Sample Repetitive Pattern Schema

    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.)

    Free Twitter Backgrounds

    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 --

    Lyrois: Repetitive Pattern Tile 2009 Lyrois: Repetitive Pattern Tile 2010

    As for the second tile, who can tell me something about this one, concerning normalization and pattern recognition?

    See also --

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Friday, February 12, 2010
  • Torn Vector Moirés

    Let me suggest you tweet this:

    ... or how to make gradients with only fill and stroke -- in fact, stroke will be perfectly sufficient.

    It was going to be called "meaningless graphics #1 through #6."

    Lyrois: Torn Vector Moirés

    As always, I could invent some crazy-ass legend and try to convince someone, somewhere, that in reality, I had such and such idea, and was looking for the right way and time to eventually express it. Really.

    Except, I didn't. Didn't intend to, at least. Make a series of 6 graphics, have the minimalistic approach grow into something kinda elaborate, and wait for the questions. The inevitable. Why 6? Why are they similar, different, purple, what are those lines? Inevitable.

    Of course, reflecting upon the dreaded questions lead to answers, and, you guessed it, some crazy-ass legend. Talk about going full circle, a dialogue evolved out of and into never meaningless graphics.

    A short story in six parts --

    Veiled struggle behind darkness, emerging into the light only to be sucked back into the dark, emerging again, you can't do it on your own, join forces already!

    Obviously, the darkness leaves its traces, impossible to tell who is who, also, struggle changes, together, united, you make it. What's left of you? Are you still the same? Did any part of you remain untouched? Don't think so. Never did.

    1. Here I am, drowning, being sucked in. Here I am, drowning, being sucked in.
    2. Hey, it's me. You ain't drowning. Hey, it's me. You ain't drowning.
    3. Now, that's better. You feel the air? Now, that's better. Can you feel the air?
    4. Trying to show you the light. Trying to show you the light.
    5. You're losing me. You're losing me.
    6. No! Reach out -- See how we change? No! Reach out -- See how we changed?

    What? Make of it what you want.

    Note: You should will see the print version of this series. Where the moirés are static and pixelated on the screen, they visually live and move in high-res printing.

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Friday, October 16, 2009
  • Wallpaper: Electric Shapes

    Let me suggest you tweet this:

    After playing with repetitive shapes on skatedecks, here are the electric patterns again -- they're repetitive, after all --

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes on the wall #1

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes on the wall #2

    How it is done: Printed on water-resistant billboard paper or on self-adhesive, non water-resistant standard paper, for outdoor walls, it is possible to produce wallpapers on glossy or matte vinyl.

    What you get: Rolls, 2ft wide or sheets, up to 5ft wide.

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes in various styles

    Please note that the artwork is clean and clear vector data, here is a close-up detail --

    Lyrois Wallpaper: Electric Shapes detail

    See also: Wallpaper: Purple Shapes

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Thursday, September 17, 2009
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Thursday, October 23, 2008
  • Tableaux: On the Wall

    Let me suggest you tweet this:

    We talked about the mural long before. Well, finally, here it is --

    Lyrois: The whole mural

    This one is 125 × 53cm -- you know, we have huge walls in those old European houses.

    Lyrois: Silhouettes Mural in perspective

    The Silhouettes Mural is for sale; matte black and glossy Lyrois signature-purple vinyl on white aluminum. It is possible to make different sizes and color combinations to custom-match your individual environment.

    There is also a printed version on high-gloss photographic paper in 100 x 50cm.

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Thursday, February 07, 2008
  • The Year of the Rat: Color Me

    Let me suggest you tweet this:

    February 7th, 2008 marks the beginning of the Chinese year of the rat.


    The Chinese Year of the Rat

    The Rat (Chinese:鼠) was welcomed in ancient times as a protector and bringer of material prosperity. It is the first of the 12-year cycle of animals which appear in the Chinese zodiac related to the Chinese calendar. Rat is associated with aggression, wealth, charm, and order, yet also associated with death, war, the occult, pestilence, and atrocities. The Year of the Rat is associated with the earthly branch symbol 子.

    Color Me Lyrois

    Color me.

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Saturday, January 15, 2005
Thursday, February 21, 2002
  • Gobos Strips

    Let me suggest you tweet this:

    Playing with the dark side from the light side, and vice versa --

    Lyrois: Gobos Strips, Cropped

    Click the picture for a view of the original long strip.

    Somewhat related to, definitely inspired by the Theatrical Gobos.

    The one pictured is a tiny miniature, there are also some huge ones in 5ft height.

    By the way, you can tell it's a genuine Lyrois by the trademark wooden floors in the pics.

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