My first attempt at making a tessellation occurred 38 years ago. It was an attempt in that I didn't understand how tessellations worked or anything about their properties. It was pretty much a failure and involved a Jets and Pterodactyls motif. It grew from a short discussion I read in The Magic Mirror of M.C. Escher (1976) by Bruno Ernst. I had just gotten that book as a birthday present in 1977. Figure 1 depicts that first attempt.
Figure 2 was completed just a few days ago and is the same design motif but I think represents one of my better designs. Again the subject matter is Jets & Pterodactyls in a D2kkkk pattern. I have several designs with this motif but they are all different tessellation patterns. Figure 3 Past and Present depicts another example of this motif as does the Figures 4 and 5. I guess you can say I've come full circle and created a cycle with this motif. Hopefully you will create a motif with different tessellating patterns. It sometimes takes me years of doodling in sketch books to come back and revisit earlier designs-so everything old is new again!
Michael Wilson has been creating tessellation art for over 30 years and is preparing this blog to share thoughts on the subject.