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Waves 02 is part of my series Etudes pour Noir et Blanc. Use the zoom tool to set the best magnification.
Info: Created on 24th January 2010 . Last edited on 10th January 2014.
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Trippy...
I love it. 10/10
Comment by ssaamm 27th January 2010
Incredible! It is such a pleasure to know your work.
Comment by minimum 27th January 2010
Excellent stuff - the subtle pattern of connections give them real depth and movement. It makes me want to continue my Riley idea further.

An inspiration.
Comment by chr.s 27th January 2010
I've just spent several minutes with this at full size, hitting the Up & Down buttons ... it makes my hippy old heart feel good :)
Comment by p2pnut 27th January 2010
Thank you very much for your comments.

@chr.s: Your observation is correct. And I'm happy you continue to work on Riley: an excellent Op Art piece.

It took me quite a lot of experimenting to find the right formula for the wave effect. It is still not perfect for pattern G and H. Here, I tell you how I did it.

The whole grid has 14 x 14 black or white squares. There are 13 x 13 connections between them. Let's label the white connections/bridges with 0s, and the black ones with 1s. The matrix of values for pattern C are as follows:

1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1
1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0
0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1
1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0
1 0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0
0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1
1 0 0 1 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 0

If you take a closer look, you find diagonal avenues of double 0s and double 1s. They are responsible for the contrast of ups and downs. The single lines of 0s and 1s create the smooth transition in between. I didn't need a computer for this, I could plan it on paper. Once the map was ready, I started to do the FS part. The beauty of working with abstract numbers is that you can do different operations with them, e.g.: rotations, mirroring and other transformations well before touching a single brick.
Comment by Frodo7 28th January 2010
I didn't want to put this on FS Live. I'm sorry.
Comment by Frodo7 13th June 2011

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