Escher style Geometry Art from J. R. Masterman's 9th grade geometry class









Choir members sing and tessellate in this first-time tessellation by a 9th grade child
Digital tessellation art by S.R., a junior high school geometry student

INFINITE CHOIR by S. R.

Notice the pattern-within-a-pattern: there are alternating choir singers, of course. However, if you pull away and squint, you'll see that there are diagonal orange and yellow stripes made by S. R.'s coloring choice. Thoughtful art, eh?

This is one of the few purely digital artworks from Mr. Taranta's geometry class. As you can see, it has particularly clean lines and coloring. However, the human shape of the people--aside from their heads and their sheet music-- is a little hard to see.

This is the big question artists face, since computers and digital art became affordable to everyone. Drawing by hand gives us beautiful "organic" lines, but digital art gives us clean, crisp coloring and the ability to make and undo changes easily. So which do we artists choose? It's not an easy choice. For me, I change my answer every week. Sometimes the whole artwork is done in colored pencils, only scanned into a computer at the last moment. Sometimes I do only the outline in pencil or pen, so I can do the coloring, shading, and corrections on a computer. Sometimes the whole shebang, as with S. R.'s "Infinite Choir" and Emily's "Tablet Symmetry", are pure computer art.

So, what do you think? Do you prefer digital art like S. R.'s tessellation, or hand-done art?