Tessellation Project


For this project, we had to create a tessellation. A tessellation is created when a shape is repeated over and over again, adding layers and covering gaps and overlaps. However, it doesn’t only have to be one shape. For example, in my tessellation, I use many different patterns. The main pattern method I used was the “stack and pack.” I put many patterns on top of other patterns, consistently “stacking” them, “packing” them close together. Patterns are what make a piece more vigorous and interesting, making it pleasing to the eye. For my tessellation, I was inspired by Kelly Donahue and the way the black went over her patterns, yet still brought the main part of the piece forward to the foreground. Donahue taught me to keep the background in my foreground without making the foreground look flat. Such a dynamic concept.

This project did not only revolve around pattern, for color played a huge role as well. Like Kelly Donahue, I wanted to incorporate a lot of bright colors. The main colors I used were different shades of pink and blue. The way colors are used in a piece really adds depth into it. Bright colors influence a positive mood that pattern alone cannot accomplish. A combination of both tessellation and bright colors makes for a piece that has potential of coming to life.


About schinnery1996

My name is Shanelle Chinnery and I study Digital Media and Animation at Alfred State College. It’s my third year and the last time this bio was updated was on my very first day of college. I had ended off my previous bio with my desire to grow throughout my years here in Alfred State and with my senior year on the horizon, I’m glad to say I’ve definitely grown since that day. With the variety of classes and mediums I’ve experienced during these three years, I’ve learned what grasps my attention and what strays it away. I came into college with an unclear direction of what I wanted to do in my field and to be quite honest, I’m still not sure what direction I’m going in, but I have a better idea. I enjoy the storytelling aspect of animation, but then again I also enjoy animating in 3D and would love to explore the possibility of voice acting. While I’m uncertain about the exact route of my future, I still take great pride in the how much I’ve changed, art wise. I’ve gained knowledge and experience in endless number of programs I never thought I’d be able to work around, I’ve grown accustomed to digital art rather than traditional pencil to paper art, and most importantly, I’m just a better artist in general. I could say that is my favorite achievement and I can’t wait to see what my future holds in this field.
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