Squares, rhombi, trapezoids, and on … and on …

Standard

Copying the kind of modelling achieved by serious mosaicists is going to require a more subtle colour palette.  I’m trying various oxide additives to a pale clay body to extend the range, but no idea how that will come out.  At the moment they look like undifferentiated mud pies.

additives

It is also going to require a lot LOT more tesserae, and in smaller sizes to refine the images we can achieve.  I made the first few hundred teeny ones.  I think we might need a few thousand for the project we have in mind.

Sigh.  One good thing:  they don’t have to be perfectly made, as it is useful to have a rhombus here or trapezoid there to help one get around the curves and corners.  And triangles of course.

hundreds and thousands

Examples to study.  I think the pieces on the ideas wall will keep me in my place.

ideas wall

Second attempt (not enough tesserae to complete layout).  Highly imitative.

imitative

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