Editioned: Graphic Shipping Containers

Finally had the time to go sign and number the small shipping container prints. This series is all 13″ x 6.25″, printed in black on Lettra 220# fluorescent white paper. There are 40 members in the edition, and I’m reserving numbers 1-13 as complete sets.

Click to embiggen on any one of these:

Graphic-Cosco Graphic-Evergreen Graphic-Hamburg-Süd Graphic-Hanjin Graphic-Hapag-Lloyd Graphic-Maersk Graphic-NYK

Pixel-Based Artwork: Voxel Mississippi

By now everyone knows I’m interested in pixels and gridding visual information. Well, it goes farther than just a flat plane. Using the same pixel layout as I did for my cross-stitch pattern, I have been playing around with using pixels in space, of “voxels”, short for “volume element. (“Pixel” is short for “picture element”, just in case you were wondering. Here, for your enjoyment, is the Mississippi-Missouri River, rendered in cubes and approximating the relative elevations of the various tributaries:

Voxel-Mississippi

The Appalachian tributaries are a little foreshortened here, but they’re quite a bit lower than the Rocky Mountain tributaries. This is done building up layer upon layer of cubes and gluing them in place. I’m also trying a version where the underlayers are not built up, and the riverbeds will simply be suspended in space at their relative height. I’ve been having some technical difficulties, but nothing a little free time wouldn’t cure.

Pixel-Based Artwork: Needlepoint Mississippi Finished

I posted this image on Twitter a few days ago:

NeedlepointMississippi

So I figured some people might be intrigued to see where this went. Well, it went right here:

InverseMississippi

This is the Mississippi-Missouri River basin, done inverted with medium-gray floss for the background. Of course, I realized I chose the most difficult way of rendering something in needlepoint, so I will probably re-do the Mississippi in positive and then continue on the four other river basins I’ve pixellated, the Congo, the Nile, the Amazon and the Yangtze.

Skygrid 03: Spring 2013 to Spring 2014

At long last, the skygrid is done. A year ago, I started the process to capture an image of the zenith sky every two minutes from 4 in the morning until 9 at night. Today the Sun crossed back into the sky of the Northern Hemisphere, and the camera on my porch took the last set of photos of the zenith. Here is the color spread of the equinoctal day:

2014-Vernal-Equinox

And here is the final yearly grid, 495 x 365, or 180,675 separate squares (click to embiggen):

Skygrid-03-Avg-140320

I will be processing another time-lapse movie of the Winter Half of the skygrid when I have time. Until then, check out the Summer Half.

Pixel Rivers in Cross-Stitch

So, I’m still working through the kinks of another concept based on my pixel rivers idea of a couple months back, but I started playing around with rendering them in another pixel-based medium, cross-stitch needlepoint. So far, I have about an eighth of the Mississippi done:

NeedlepointMississippi

I’m abstracting the shape of the river into a branching network, and filling in the area around it with grey thread. I may fill the river in with white, or with a color, or I may leave it as bare aida cloth. I haven’t quite decided yet, but I have plenty of time to figure that out. Of course, as I get into the more complex portion of the river basin, things will go a lot faster, since I won’t have to fill in as much grey.

Random Sketchbook Montage

I’m certain that everyone was as curious as I was to see what would happen if I ran all the random walks in the Random Sketchbook together as a single path. Well, good news! I put them all in Photoshop and joined them end-end-end as best as I could, and came up with one of several versions of the continuous pathway. (Actually, one of 3.96 x 10^28 pathways, assuming a coin-toss between joining either the start point or the end point to the free end of the previous pathway.) How exciting!

Actually, I think it’s pretty cool, and it was fun seeing exactly how this path would develop. I marked the start point and end point with a red dot and an arrow. It’s here below, click to embiggen:

Random-Sketchbook-Montage-Small

Four More Shipping Container Prints

I liked the original three shipping container prints so much I had to do four more. There was a brief delay when I accidentally ordered plates from Boxcar at half the size of the original three, but that was quickly corrected and I got the proper size plates soon enough. The delay was fortuitous, because that allowed the PANTONE mixing guide I had ordered for the Bow & Arrow Press to arrive, and I was able to mix PANTONE 540 for the NYK container print. I also went ahead and ordered the original three in half-size, which means I will be able to do a 13″ x 5″ edition as well as the present 20″ x 9″ edition.

The editions are numbered to 27. I will be selling numbers 1-13 in sets of seven, and numbers 14-27 individually. I haven’t figured out a price yet, but will post that soon.

Here are the new prints, freshly numbered and signed:

Evergreen-in-GreenEvergreen in PANTONE Green

Hamburg-in-RubineHamburg Süd in Rubine Red

Hapag-Lloyd-in-Orange-021Hapag-Lloyd in Orange 021

NYK-in-540NYK in 540

New Sketchbook: RANDOM

Last summer one of my students gave me two lovely stab-bound sketchbooks. I normally don’t use sketchbooks, but it was a very thoughtful gift, and I figured I should probably put them to use. I already described the process I used in the SIXTY sketchbook, so now I am here to unveil the second one: RANDOM.

As with my other random walk projects, I simply use a spinner and some sort of marking utensil to trace out the random directions the spinner points. In this case, I used a bit of ribbed plastic with one end marked black and an aluminum pushpin as a spinner, and a whole passel of Prismacolor markers — in fact, the same ones I used in SIXTY. (I attempted to pull the markers out of my backpack in as random as fashion as possible, but there seemed to be a preponderance of Parrot Green, Pink and Mulberry in the selections.) Here’s a pic of the spinner:

Random-Tools

I started from approximately the center of each sheet, and drew random lines until the line fell off the page, and then started again at the center. This way, I’d make sure I had the longest line possible, because starting anywhere else would tend to lead to shorter lines.

Which is interesting, because I’m already keeping the outcome from being as random as it could be — after all, I could start the drawing point randomly. But making a truly random starting location is a much more difficult situation than one would think, especially for something that’s supposed to be quick and simple, so jinxing the randomness just that one bit is acceptable to me. Fortunately, one quick and easy way to test for randomness is to average all the lines together and see if there is any tendency to favor one direction or side. Fortunately, there isn’t much:

Random-Sketchbook-Avg-Norm

All of the paths radiate out of the center of the page and cover most of the area available. The upper part of the page is not quite as saturated, especially the upper left-hand corner. That could be my right-handedness, some skewing of the pointer, the way the paper lays in the binding, or simple blind chance.

It’s hard to pick favorites, but of course I have some, so here are five interesting paths. You of course may browse the full set of 96.

Random-007

^ I call this one “Archeopteryx”

Random-016

^ I like the way this one hangs and curls down.

Random-059

^ This is the “purple kangaroo”.

Random-069

^ No name, just some nice zigzags

Random-075

^ Very dynamic and fun

Of course, this is simply the first part of the process… For the second part, I will join all the paths end-to-end into a giant random walk that will zigzag across a huge Photoshop file and back across itself. Coming soon!

Shipping Container Series: Hanjin, Maersk, Cosco

Today was a busy time at the Bow & Arrow Press, where I was not only running a four-color broadside for a poetry reading at Emory University, but also running editions of my long-waiting shipping container project. I pulled three sets of prints for the series, and each will be signed in an edition of 27 when they’re dry:

Cosco-in-Warm-Grey-7

Cosco in Warm Grey 7

Hanjin-in-Reflex

Hanjin in Reflex

Maersk-in-420

Maersk in 420

Just for funsies, here’s a quick pic of the broadside while it was running:

Broadside