My animated tile experiments continue. Even though I’m designing in color, I had to make this animated gif small and black-and-white to fit within WordPress’s 2MB upload limit.
I am very pleased with how this is going.
I had assumed animating Islamic tiles would be a big complicated endeavor but it only took a few hours of messing around in Flash to figure it out. I just made a half-equilateral-triangle mask and tiled it, then made a fairly simple animation underneath:
Obviously all kinds of variations can be made from here. If only I had tried this earlier!
The reason this is a Big Deal for me, is I didn’t know how easy it would be to tile squares with hexagons. I thought if I made a hex-based system like this I’d just get hexagons and equilateral triangles, not squares. But look – there are squares all over the place!
Experimenting with a color alphabet. Here’s a clue for deciphering.
Hieroglyphs are an important design element in Egyptian painting. To make my Egypt scenes look right, I’ll need to include some as decoration. So today I made myself an abridged “alphabet” in Flash. What I didn’t expect was how much fun it is to make messages with them.
Guess what this says!
Doesn’t seem like much, but getting the wing shapes right takes some time. These shapes are for Nekhbet. She still needs a crown, not to mention colors.
The goddess Wadjet is usually depicted as a snake, sometimes with wings. I also made a version with boobies, below: