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Tessellation: Sailboats by sethness Tessellation: Sailboats by sethness
I almost always take one piece out of a tessellation and set it aside. Perfection is boring; I think the audience prefers to see a puzzle that's allllmost finished.

At bottom-right is my new "trademark" signature. It's made up of the letters S.A.B. (my initials), and looks the same when viewed in a mirror. The "A" is composed of a draftsman's compass and square.
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:iconbatmanwithbunnyears:
Perhaps the blank space is...the Bermuda triangle?

Since the boats are pointing in opposite directions, you can't really use a normal background, but I'm thinking of an opportunity for a surreal setting. I'm picturing the boats in space, with a planet on the top and one on the bottom, and perhaps a sun or binary pair of suns peering through the blank space...
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Sailboats... in space? I'd rather do a rough sea, or a surreal sea.
Sailboats in space would feel too much like the nonsense fed to us by Hollywood: gravity and a sense of "up" and "down" even when spaceships meet, sounds traveling in space, etc.

For example, can you think of ANY Star Trek episode where even alien spaceships fail to meet with their ships in a "heads up, butts down" pose? You'd think that most of the time they'd meet one another and one would look upside down or sideways to the other. Why do their ships even HAVE an "up" side???

Or imagine the Star Wars laserbattles in space. Why would a laser beam in space make any noise at all? Why would it be visible? Why would the guns recoil as if they were obeying Newton's equal-and-opposite-reaction law?
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:iconbatmanwithbunnyears:
I take your point. I think the ships have an upside for when they land. The stuff in the last paragraph is all about making the space experience consistent with the Earthbound experience, as test audiences always prefer. It makes no sense for a ship to make a whooshing sound in the vacuum of space as it soars past the camera, but it just seems wrong for it not to, because of what we're used to seeing and hearing.
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I disagree that "it just seems wrong for it not to, because of what we're used to seeing and hearing."

Go watch 2001 a space odyssey. During the spacesuit scenes, the silence (except for breathing sounds) adds so much to the tension and alien feeling. Likewise, we're drawn IN by the reality and alienness of the utter silence when David Bowman ejects from his pod (sans helmet) into the entrance/exit chamber of the main ship.

Airplane and explosion sounds in space are silly, and the silliness of it is distracting and pulls us OUT of the story, leaving us tsk-tsking rather than saying "wow, cool!"

That being said, there's no reason that we can't hear a rumble of one's OWN rockets carried through the hull of the ship. The rumbles, squeaks, and pops of the ship in the original ALIEN movie's ship, as it first lands on the planetoid, are riveting and correspond nicely to "reality".

One can also imagine that explosions in space WOULD generate a sound... but a delayed sound, like the sound of hail and rain, as the explosion's ejecta reach and bounce off the hull of the ship in which the camera's viewpoint is held. Likewise, a passing ship's rockets might make a hot hissing sound as the fuel exploding out the back of the passing ship strikes the ship "you" (the camera) are in.
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ShoneGold Apr 26, 2007   Digital Artist
Oh darn it this is gorgeous! Why didn't I think of sailboats.

Clever new signature.
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Thanks for the compliments. Advice and criticism are also warmly welcomed!

This particular tessellation gets extreme feedback. When I've shown it elsewhere, some people loved it, and others thought it was boring-- that there wasn't enough of a sense of motion, perhaps.
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ShoneGold Apr 26, 2007   Digital Artist
Sorry can't help with any critical feedback this time....I think it is really pretty! You will just have to put up with the candy...! ;)
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