SEND US YOUR TESSELLATION ART
and we'll put it in our guest gallery
Many of you ask, how do you and I get your art... or your class's tessellation art... into these galleries?
- The art has to actually BE tessellations. You see, in the past, some teachers have submitted art that, while symmetrical and repetitive, wasn't true tessellation. We had the unhappy chore of saying "no" or "please redraw this" to a teacher and student.A true tessellation covers a 2D plane with "no gaps and no overlaps". Or, at the very least, the audience's eyes should be able to see that the pattern could fill the entire space without gaps or overlaps. If the pattern wouldn't cover every bit of sky, floor, grass, unexplained white space... then those places where the background shows through count as gaps. Please check these samples to see examples of what is a tessellation, and what is beautiful symmetry art but not a tessellation.
- Secondly, don't try to send all the art in one email, since most emails are limited to just 3 or 5 megabytes each and art originals tend to be BIG files. The final art I'll crop down and compress myself, usually adding watermarks and copyright notices to the images, so please send me large, uncompressed scans rather than shrunken originals.pack up that art into BIG files, one file per picture.
Many email servers can't handle a single email that big.
It's better if you send me several emails with smaller sized files, than one BIG email with a big file attached.
Here's the Email address where you
can send that tessellation art.
- When emailing your art to us, we prefer that you use high quality
JPEG (JPG) files.
Other file types are perfectly acceptable, but may be awkwardly large or reduce the range of colors in your art.
- If you're sending a group of pictures... say, the art from each of your class's students...
then give me some descriptive text for the main gallery page.
Tell gallery visitors about your school, or your class, or this project, or your art career,
or your tessellation technique. Be sure to say WHERE you are.
The visitors to this site enjoy seeing that the art has been gathered from all around the world.
Consider including a photo of the school, or of yourself if you're a solo artist.
Include a link to your school or art gallery, or the teacher's or artist's blog, or something like that.
- Scanning the art's better than photographing it. With photography, inevitably there's a shadow
or fold in the paper that requires extra photoshopping. If, however, scanning represents a lot
of extra work for you then I can work with your digital camera photos.
- If we're putting a link to your website on Tessellations.org, please
put a link to Tessellations.org
on your website. This is not just a casual request: the reason Tessellations.org
is so easy to find on Google is because people like you have "voted" it into popularity by
putting links to us on your websites. We'd kinda like to continue that happy trend.
- Individual pictures need titles and descriptions. If it's all art done by you personally, give me a description of the inspiration or technique or significance of each piece of your artwork. If it's your students' artwork, please have them name their pieces. If they have the time and patience, they are invited to write short descriptions of the art: the inspiration, the technique, the tools... whatever they think Tessellations.org's visitors will wonder about.
- Age: If you're a minor, go to the adult who takes care of you and get that person's permission to have your art appear on this website. Also, we have a habit at Tessellations.org of protecting kids' privacy by only showing their initials, or their first name + family initial, such as M. J. or Mary J. instead of Mary Jones.
- Be prepared for a wait. I may need a fortnight or a month to create your art's home on Tessellations.org.
- Also, do be aware that I check for originality and quality:
while I will not be publicly overly critical of childrens' artwork,
I do reserve the right to reject art that is plagiarism or
doesn't fit the definition of tessellation, or to point out those problems on the page.
To do less than that would be to mislead visitors who may follow in your footsteps.
If you know the artist's work is a copy, cite the name of the artist whose art is being
imitated together with a link to that original on the Web.
And that's it! Go ahead, send us your art!