Mystic Symbolic: the progressing-in-progress

Still no color, still no backgrounds, still no animation, but I’ve had plenty to do designing more symbols and getting the hang of the specification system we came up with. I spend hours hitting the “randomize” button (Atul created a keyboard shortcut, control-option-r, so my arm doesn’t get as sore), watching the shapes interact, then making revisions, re-exporting, and re-uploading. Every once in a while I take a screenshot and write a title, and I share some of those here:

She Holds the Moon
Mama Power
Tree of Knowledge
Vehicle of Enlightenment
The Book of Life
Lamb of God
Mask of the Goddess
Crush the Hebrews

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Author: Nina Paley

Animator. Director. Artist. Scapegoat.

4 thoughts on “Mystic Symbolic: the progressing-in-progress”

  1. It was great to hear/see you on the antinatalism YT podcast the other day. The theory you speak about at 4(3):20 is interesting. I’d like to see you animate that one!

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