Tessellated Triangles

 Posted by on February 20, 2019
Feb 202019

As I continue to blend photography with geometry, I wanted to share some progress. I am creating a series of Photoshop Actions to assist me in turning photographs into patterns. I use Adobe Illustrator to calculate the precise geometry, then Adobe Photoshop to crop images into triangles and rotate them around a single point until they create a seamless tessellated pattern.

Here are some visual examples. I began with a photograph of textures in the sand at the beach near my house. First is 4 triangles, then 6. The more sides it has, the less of the original photograph is visible, however more repetitious detail is relieved. After creating 100 sides, someone challenged me to go farther, so I developed a process that splits and image SO thin that all you get are pixels of color going around in a circle. I call it “Infinity”.

Digital Abstract Painting

 Posted by on February 13, 2019
Feb 132019

Abstract painting? Wait, those are pixels!… I am always trying to find new ways to use (and abuse) Adobe Photoshop. I recently developed a process where I distort a photograph into itself multiple times in multiple directions. I distort a photograph into itself multiple times in multiple directions.

Many are complete failures, but once in a while one turns out looking like a beautiful, emotional abstract painting (a category of art that I love). Using this process I can create organic and complex backgrounds and textures… These were two photographs of flowers.

Photography & Vectors

 Posted by on February 7, 2019
Feb 072019

The best part of having multiple interests is finding ways to combine them. As a graphic designer I love working with vectors in Adobe Illustrator, but what about my passion for photography? Thankfully, in the digital world, everything can coexists in one way or another.

I photographed an interesting looking tree and converted it to vectors in Illustrator. I then cleaned it up, modified parts, added a swing, then designed an entire scene surrounding it… It’s nice knowing that that creativity has no bounds.

Charleston Palmetto Sunset

 Posted by on January 30, 2019
Jan 302019

Straight photography is a skill, there is no doubt about that, but many times it really is simply about being at the right place, at the right time, and having the ability to see the shot before you even lift your camera… This was one of those moments.

I was out on a walk and noticed a palmetto tree in just the right spot. I knew that if I walked far back into White Point Garden, I could align part of the sky directly behind the tree. Basically, by changing your location you can literally move the sky. I then zoomed in with my 200mm and exposed for the sky to create a silhouette… This simple image truly represents how I feel about Charleston living. (and nearly 6,000 people on Facebook agree!)

Fake Lunar Eclipse

 Posted by on January 21, 2019
Jan 212019

Last night was the Super Blood Wolf Moon. Silly photographers were up late, standing outside in the cold for hours trying to snap the best Lunar Eclipse photograph, and I’m over here like – I know Photoshop.

I’m just kidding around, of course. I went out many times and it was a beautiful sight… Still, this post begs the question – What if I wasn’t honest? Imagine if I said this was my shot. I photographed the full moon through a telescope, so the detail is amazing. No one would think I was lying. It is hard to know what is real these days.

Vintage Film Cameras

 Posted by on January 17, 2019
Jan 172019

Being a photographer shouldn’t end at simply taking pictures. You should be obsessed with your medium. Where did it all start? What was a photographer like years ago? How did it feel before everything was digital and automated and almost errorless?

Years ago, I developed somewhat of a habit in buying old cameras, but I also made it a goal to shoot with every one… Digital is great, but the “feeling” you get when you look down into a TLR, or extend the bellows of a Kodak, or pull the sheet out of a Polaroid – that “feeling” is why I really love photography.

Photoshop Pattern Actions

 Posted by on January 13, 2019
Jan 132019

Over the past few months I have been building a set of Actions in Photoshop in order to help with automation of my patterned works. I don’t like the idea of using an app or someone else’s work methods, so it was important to me to start from nothing then conceptualize and build each one by hand.

As you can see in this image, I have created a LOT of Actions so far, each to do something different and specific to the photograph. My workflow involves running one, two, or many of these Actions in different ways, then starting over if I am not happy with the outcome… This is a long exposure photograph of sparklers, mirrored, blended, and formed into a highly complex patterned mandala.

Vector Graphic Patterns

 Posted by on January 8, 2019
Jan 082019

I have been spending a lot of time in Adobe Illustrator lately. There is something exciting about vector design, and perhaps it is the geek in me that enjoys working with geometry and numbers. That said, flat graphics can get a little boring, and so I have been enjoying the use of simple gradients to trick the eye into thinking a scene has depth… Interesting how such a complex three-dimensional pattern can be achieved with only a few simple clicks in Illustrator.

The Virus

 Posted by on December 28, 2018
Dec 282018

My last 3D modeling project was about life. This one is about death… “The Virus” was a scene I constructed to tell the story of the bacteriophage, a virus that reproduces by taking over bacterial cells.

Everything was sculpted entirely in Virtual Reality using the program Oculus Medium. I then added materials, transparency, lighting effects, and blended multiple different renders together in Adobe Photoshop.

Life Begins

 Posted by on December 17, 2018
Dec 172018

I am simply amazed at the power of Virtual Reality as a creative tool for designers and artists. I am further exploring VR in my creative workflow. I wanted to create an illustration of the beginning of life, both as a scientific study as well as an artistic rendition.

I quickly modeled the egg form in MasterpieceVR because if it’s amazing surface noise feature, allowing me to create texture right in VR. I then sculpted the swimmers in Oculus Medium using medical anatomical diagrams as a reference. After importing and arranging all the models, I added transparency, color materials, and lighting effects. This is the final image, completed in just a few short hours thanks to VR.

The Dreaming State