Pxleyes Graphics Community

I’d like to share the Pxleyes website (“For Pixel Addicts”) with you, a graphics community site that invites you to participate in Photoshop/Photography/3D contests. It helped me a lot when I was first learning Photoshop by giving me the motivation to create something and share it with the Pxleyes community. Your uploads are posted on the contest wall and other artists critque your work.

Seeing what others have created, starting with the same picture, is very inspirational. Most artists upload step by step guides of their work as well. Going through these step by step guides, acts like a tutorial to help you learn new techniques.

Pxleyes also has a magazine, called The Eye, which you can view onliine or download – check it out!

Origami : Where science meets art

Still from Between the Folds

A couple of years ago, I went through a phase where I watched 2 to 4 documentaries per day. Between the Folds, a documentary on the art of origami, was one in particular that fascinated me.

“Origami is just a way to get your hands dirty with math,” was one quote from the film that resonated with me, and I found that the most impressive structures shown in the documentary were heavily mathematical and clearly beyond my capabilities. I wondered if complex mathematical equations were necessary to practice this form of art, but was relieved to see artists around the world who found and evolved new ways to re-create such origami methods as non-deterministic folding (crumpling) and wetting the paper to mash it in place. In essence, it’s still the same, where folds are the primary means of creating the structure from a single or multiple piece(s) of paper without cuts.

For me, the most inspiring part is taking a simple element and transforming it into something totally different, where you can’t recognize the original state. This is why I enjoy After Effects so much because I can start from a simple solid as a base and create a complex piece of art.