- Jan 26
- 2 min read
Follow the lines
This post is about my learning curve (pun intended) in Grasshopper for the past months. I first started with simple things, mainly exploring patterns that I could laser cut - or laser etch - on wood.
The 30 cm x 30 cm wood panel was first laser cut - or better "laser scratched" - and then painted by hand. I had may pentimentos, colorwise. It took me a while and it was like doing a sudoku: I was entertaining myself with something innocuous and fairly useless.
After completions, it sat in my workshop for weeks and is now a sort of "mat" for a vase and other small objects, tying them together in a windwirl of colors.
Since I am getting into making boxes, I gave it a shot and tried to make a tea box. I learned about hinges, wood thicknesses and real-life sizing vs AutoCAD sizing. Basically, I failed every step of the process but I still got a box out of it, skillfully camouflaging all the mistakes.
I also needed some digital art for my iPad notebooks covers. I created some playful ones, tired of the boring templates offered by Goodnotes.
From Grasshopper I get very basic PDF files with lines. Then I add the pizzaz in Photoshop, following the inspiration of the moment.
This is still part of my creative shenanigans, trying to put out as much creative stuff as I can.
For my personal notebooks, not work related, I created a pattern with a voronoi diagram spelling "B". It is a bit subtle in the PDF file above, but there is a rule controlling the color of the segments, making the short ones blue and the long ones pinkish. Then I added the colors in Photoshop "by hand".
Lastly, I have generated at least one background for my Mac. I recycled some mistakes from when I was trying to create a spiderweb, and then went with it.
I am currently exploring morphing and doing some fun explorations on... a wine glass! Considering that I am not drinking in January 2020 (and I am trying to reduce the consumption anyways) I am taking a lot of satisfactions at least in a digital way. Grasshopper can certainly give you a good buzz if you dig deep into it.
Till next time!