For my final project, I decided to explore the topic of Op art and an optical illusion. I wanted to find out, if we can achieve similar effect, by coding art that is moving, and by coding art that is a still image, but gives the viewer the impression of movement.
Typically, Op artists used only black and white in order to produce the greatest contrast in their designs, since this contrast causes the greatest confusion for the eye, which struggles to discern which element of the composition is in the foreground and which in the background.
But color was also a focus of attention at times, as in Vasarely’s Plastic Alphabet series (1960-1980). The ways in which color suggests space, and the ways colors contrast with one another, proved fertile areas for experiment.
Feeling inspired, I decided to code my own op-arts.
‘For next week you’ll design a cover for a book of your choice. You can use form, color and typography, but not images. The main constraint is that you need to use a grid system to place elements on the page.’
I’ve picked a book about Beata Pawlikowska’s travel to Amazon Jungle. Decided to create colorful geometrical pattern, which reminds me of colors which amazon tribes use to paint their bodies.
This week we were supposed to design a font based on word and write the word using this typeface.
I decided to design a font created by multiple random thin lines crossing with each other.
Because I was totally wired in, instead of displaying jus a word, I wrote the whole alphabet.
I have to say that the whole process took me a looooong time, but I was really happy with the result.
I decided to use the ‘Gotham’ font, convert it to poly and randomly connect points of the array. Of course JS wasn’t aware of the letter shape, so the lines between random points created a chaos, not a letter shape:
to make it look like a letter, I had to draw a poly converted letter again, draw a rect and using fill path rule display just a rectangular shape, with carved letter inside. Finally I got the result I was looking for:
This process was pretty crazy, since I had to do it separately for each letter of the alphabet.
Write a sketch that generates 2 shapes on a page. The first shape should be your design of the word “wet”. The second shape should be your design of the word “sharp”. Use only black and white. You have to use either Rune.Polygon or Rune.Path objects to draw the two shapes, and please try to do a design that is better done in code than in hand. Print at AMS.
Inspired by my passion to sailing, I decided to depict wet drawing ocean waves, using simple ellipse shapes.
After this step, the idea of sharp fishing hook came up quite naturally.
I had a lot of fun creating waves, changing their sizes, stroke weights or locations.
Here’s the final result:
Next step was to print it out in AMS.
I liked the result and am really excited about upcoming prints!