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OOHHH!! OOUUCCHH!! I JUST GOT BITTEN BY A SHARK!!

April 11, 2011

How To Create Trevor’s “Shark Eat Shark World” Tessellation Art

 

 

Ever thought of the expression “it’s a dog-eat-dog world”? Well, by creating this masterpiece, you’ll be able to see what this means from a sharks perspective.

Materials:

-Card stock paper shaped as a parallelogram
-Pencil
-Scissors
-Clear scotch tape
-Paper
-Pencil crayons: gray, yellow, red, violet, magenta, orange, and sky blue
-Black felt tip pen

Steps For Success
Part One (Creating The Piece):

  1. First, gather up the first four materials, and place them on a clear workspace.
  1. Using a pencil, draw a line from the top left corner (out in the shape of a shark tail), towards the right side and back to the left, coming out about two centimetres from the bottom left corner.
  1. Take the scissors and cut out the nibble along the line.
  1. Then, slide the nibble to the right side, lining the top left piece of the nibble up with the top right of the piece, and tape it down.
  1. Draw another line from the bottom left corner (in the shape of a menacing dorsal fin), towards the bottom right corner.
  1. Next, cut out the nibble along the line.
  1. Slide the nibble to the top, lining up the corners perfectly, and tape it down.
  1. Lastly, label the top as “dorsal fin”, the bottom as “fin”, the left as “mouth”, and the right as “tail”.

WARNING: Be extra careful when handling the mouth of this now completed piece, as it is very fragile.

Part Two (Making The Tessellation):

  1. First, gather up the necessary materials (the paper, pencil, and your newly acquired shark template piece).
  1. Place the shark template in the center of the sheet, and trace it carefully while holding it still.
  1. Now, slide the piece to the left, aligning it so that the tail of the tracing fits into the mouth of the piece, and trace the piece again.
  1. Go back to the center tracing and slide the piece to the right, aligning it so that the tail of the piece fits into the mouth of the tracing, and retrace the piece.
  1. At the center, slide the piece to the top, aligning it so that the dorsal fin area of the tracing fits into the bottom fin area of the piece, and trace it.
  1. At the center again, slide the piece to the bottom, aligning it so that the bottom fin area of the tracing fits into the dorsal fin area of the piece.
  1. Finally, repeat steps three to six for each tracing until the paper is full.

WARNING: When tracing the piece, make sure that the mouth doesn’t move at all, otherwise, the piece won’t fit properly when you try to put the tail in the tracing’s mouth again.

Part Three (Breathing Life Into The Tessellation; Colouring The Artwork):

  1. First, gather up the last two items on the list.
  1. Draw the gills on the shark in red, just behind the mouth of each shark.
  1. Next, draw an eye with the pen between the dorsal fin and the mouth, shading a circle of the shark’s eye the color corresponding to the shark’s colour (gray body=yellow eyes, violet body=magenta eyes, and magenta body=orange eyes).
  1. Then, draw on the outline of the teeth with the pen, making sure that the inside of the teeth stay white.
  1. Extend the line on the upper tooth of each shark so the tail looks curved.
  1. On the bottom fin, draw a line on the back side of the fin from the bottom, curving up and out.
  1. Now, on the top of the dorsal fin, draw a line with the pen towards the bottom of the fin above it.

The finished shark should look like this, with the body colour and the eye colour being the only variables.

  1. Colour the to middle rows of sharks gray.
  1. Colour the two rows of sharks on either side of the gray sharks violet.
  1. Colour the two rows of sharks on the side of the violet, opposite to that of the gray sharks, magenta.

Next Steps: Try using different colours or different sizes (within different sections of the art, separated by a line). This will create an added effect by having contrast in the art, and help make it look like it was made by an Escher artist.

Follow this step-by-step how to guide to really learn what this expression means. Hey, maybe the expression should be changed into “It’s a shark-eat-shark world”.

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