Throughout the month of June 2021 I created a daily maths art piece, each one using different software or different techniques, as part of the #GeometrySketchbook challenge on Twitter. As mine was all digital artwork, I used the #DigitalGeometrySketchbook tag. Here are the results of days 1 to 10.
Feel free to ask if you have questions about any of the techniques I’ve used. And if you’re inspired by any of these pieces, do let me know. I’d love to see what else you come up with! You can tweet me at @SamHartburn or email email@example.com.
Curve of pusuit animation, created in Scratch. Click on the green flag to start the animation, or look at the source file. I’ve usually created curves of pursuit using straight lines. In Scratch you can use the ‘point towards’ block to make each creature chase the next one, so these curves are from a literal pursuit. I would like to create some Scratch/MathsArt resources some day – there is so much potential there.
A Sierpinski triangle, created in Microsoft Word. I’m not a huge fan of Word’s drawing tools, but this was less frustrating than I expected it to be.
A sunset, created using conditional formatting in Microsoft Excel. I was amazed by how good this looks! I created two ‘axes’ and populated the cells with the function $x^2+y^2$, then used one of the default conditional formatting options to colour it. You can download the source file from GitHub.
Parabolic envelopes, created in Microsoft Paint. There was no point in trying to plot anything accurately in Paint, so I tried to embrace the lack of precision and just make a colourful sketch.
A pattern made of squares, circles and triangles, created in Inkscape. I tried to do something much more complicated than this, but it would have taken forever so I scaled it down a bit. I liked how easy it was to separate and colour the different sections of the pattern.
Seed of life, created in Geogebra and coloured in Gimp. This was inspired by a tweet from Paula Krieg. Gimp has some really fun brush effects, so I went a bit crazy! Like Inkscape, it’s easy to isolate and colour the different sections.
More parabolic envelopes, created in Desmos. This was my first time using Desmos, and I was impressed by how straightforward it was. The list function is very intuitive. I liked seeing the extended lines of the envelopes and how they overlapped.
A pattern made from cubes, created in Mathigon’s Polypad. This was a dream to use! The pieces snapped into place beautifully. There’s loads of potential here to create cool geometric art.
Another Sierpinski triangle created in Microsoft Word, this time using Ascii art, inspired by Jim Cobb’s tweet. It’s Pascal’s triangle modulo 2, using . for 0 and w for 1 (because I thought it looked better!). You can download the source file from GitHub.