A Gallery of Various Random Walks

Random Processes

Looking through all my posts, I realized I’d posted a whole bunch of the time-lapse walks and various other walks, but not any earlier walks. How silly of me! Let me post a quick gallery of the walks I’ve done in the past. Here are the Field Walks, which I performed using 300′ of nylon rope in a nearby football field and on the beach in Provincetown.

Nave Residency, Day 8

Data Representation, Graphic Geography, Random Processes, Residency, Scientific Exploration

Today started off, oddly enough, as something of a clean-up day. I moved the trash bags I’m using as floor protectors for the wet projects, I shifted a bunch of the loose cubes over to where the river production area was, I cleaned up the pixel dice construction site, and collected boxes in one area and trash in another. I have some of the flow-pattern ink drawings in process, but I didn’t get around to photographing them. Next time!

For a consolation prize, here are the rivers, mostly complete. The clamp on the Mississippi is joining the Ohio/Upper Mississippi/Missouri complex to the Lower Mississippi/Red/Canadian/Arkansas complex. The clamp on the Yangtze is to hold together a faulty glue joint, which broke at around the Wuhan area.


I also put the Random Pixel Objects on display on a plinth, just to get them out of the way:


Nave Residency, Day 7

Random Processes, Residency, Scientific Exploration

Interesting stuff today. I was hoping to have images of all three pixel rivers done, but the Mississippi is being difficult and I needed to re-glue several tributaries, this time using clamps. I should have been using clamps the entire time!

But anyway, other stuff still got done. I finished all nine of the Random Pixel Objects, which are all available for sale to interested parties! Here they are in a group shot:


Nave Residency, Day 4

Graphic Geography, Random Processes, Residency

There were some technical snafus, like the batteries for the camera I use for the random pixel grids conking out, so today I don’t have many images. However, I did finish painting the new sets of pixel dice, and sanded the edges of one set of 12:

Random Sketchbook Montage

Drawing, Random Processes

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:


New Sketchbook: RANDOM

Drawing, Random Processes

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:


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.

Random Walks on the Beach

Random Processes

This Christmas I went to California, and while I was there I took the opportunity to do some random walks in the sand in Huntington Beach. The dry sand above the waterline was too loose to really get a good line, so I ended up down by the surf to get a better mark. The only problem with that, of course, is that the surf would erase some of my work every few minutes. So, the resulting walks were rather quick and ephemeral! I did shoot some frames for compositing, but I’m not sure how good they’ll look. Here are the four time-lapse walks I did, run together in a single video.