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Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Natural Systems: Leonardo’s Energy Charge

Leonardo’s expression of energy within natural systems, and the enhanced immersion of natural weather effects in contemporary games.

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A Constellation of Dots (Math for Art’s Sake II)

A Constellation of Dots (Math for Art’s Sake II)

Following on from Math for Art’s Sake I, in this post I look again at geometry in the service of art, this time looking at Microsoft’s Kinect sensor technology and Piero della Francesca’s orthographic projection maps of the human head.   Viewing a ‘Kinected’ object through infrared light reveals ‘a dissolution of surfaces into a constellation [...]

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Math for Art’s Sake

Math for Art’s Sake

“He who does not understand the supreme certainty of mathematics is wallowing in confusion.”  Leonardo da Vinci. Artists of the Italian Renaissance were driven to understand the perfection of math and the natural laws of geometry (notably linear perspective) in order to create beauty in representational art. There are some art movements where math is [...]

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The Volumetric Eye

The Volumetric Eye

The 3D modeller is an expert in volumetric analysis. They can look at complex objects in the real world such as trees, vehicles and architecture, and see volumetric primitives (cubes, spheres, tubes etc.) underlying the complexity. Without this ability, a would-be 3D modeller would flounder. Industry software like 3D Studio Max quickly trains modellers to [...]

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