This was a weird week for me. Okay, if I’m going to be Frank (and I’m not Frank, I’m Sarah. Sheesh, why can’t you ever remember my name?!), every week is a weird week for me. BUT I DIGRESS. As usual. I’m good at digressing.
I went on the tubes (not the 80s band of which I happen to have an album sleeve right next to me, weird.. the YouTubes) to listen to R U Mine? by The Arctic Monkeys, which was the song hanging around in the back of my head. YouTube has started doing an autoplay feature, and, for some reason, every time I listen to anything I end up automatically getting 52 Alt-J songs. Tessellate just happened to start playing after R U Mine?, and my plans went completely out the window.
The video has the added bonus of being a very cool reproduction of Raphael’s School of Athens:
This was not an easy song to translate visually. So I went for straight ridiculous and goofy. I know YOU ARE SHOCKED. This is so out of character for me. Now excuse me, I’m standing in a puddle from all of this dripping sarcasm.
Tessellate is a mathematical term meaning:
cover (a plane surface) by repeated use of a single shape, without gaps or overlapping.
I stood here staring at the background (the lyric and the circle of triangles) for probably 30 minutes trying to figure out how I was going to show people tessellating without getting overly graphic and/or cheesy. I mean, I guess they could be spooning? Sexing? Dirty Dancing? Meh. Since the lyric “triangles are my favorite shape, three points where two lines meet” wouldn’t get out of my head, I decided they needed to be triangles. And BOOM. Goofy.
Two pages in a row with tiny red hearts. I’m sensing a theme.
I like intentionally writing sloppy as hell. I did it in a couple of different places with different lyrics. Texture! And, speaking of texture…
The page started off that brick red color, and I happily brayered on some turquoise, which gave it that awesome grungetastic texture. YUM.
Just starting this project has really made me more aware of music’s effects on me. Listening to Tessellate on repeat had the added bonus of making it the soundtrack to my dreams all night. Weird weird dreams.
See you next week!