I have been exploring dimorphic tessellations for the past couple of months and following my Twitter post on the subject created the goose motif. It appears to tessellate the plane as D1gg and D1Kg but I am not certain these are the correct groups. Please comment if you know for certain. I started with a "J" shaped tile which was based generally on the shape of Bermuda. After several iterations it became a more refined shape and I made a cut out cardboard model to make it work. There are three figures below; the first figure is the final design on graph paper; the second two images are of the motif tiling the plane. All three figures are watercolor, pen and ink and colored pencil.
A simple P3 rotation of a great white shark motif. This is a watercolor, colored pencil and ink drawing. I couldn't resist the reference about the "Finding Nemo" encounter with the Great White Shark (e.g. "Name's Brucie"). Hope you enjoy it. I had a lot of fun creating the tessellation.
The glide reflection motif of jet airplanes in this image was created a few years ago. I referenced it in an earlier blog. It was inspired by a flyover and roll from two F4H Phantom jets when I was about ten years old and working in the garden at my grandparents home in Indiana. It was like a private air show! The pilots must have seen me waving my garden hoe feverishly in the sunlight from a distance and as they flew over they did a roll for me no more than a few hundred feet from the ground! I could see the pilots in the cockpits. That was a very cool thing they did for me. I was yelling and my grandmother came out of the house to see what the commotion was all about. For this drawings I had been working on an idea that had a farmhouse and a garden below the jets but that idea didn't seem as interesting as the jets flying in opposite directions with contrasting backgrounds out of the page. So I combined the glide refection motif of the jets with a landscape and mirror reflection of a village in the background. I drew this design on mylar with Stabilo pencils.
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 40 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.