I was working on some code to draw concentric circles, but when they were drawn I could see a line appear, a seam, where the pen started and finished drawing each circle. Because each circle started in the same place, the seam became pretty obvious. I threw those plots away.
I fixed this by using random starting positions and also just using a spiral instead 🙃
Later someone was asking me for an example, so I grabbed a fountain pen, popped it into the pen plotter and set it away, hoping to quickly make a plot to show the problem.
However, because I was running the plot quickly and how the ink went down onto the paper I ended up with this plot, which is rather lovely. You can kind of see where the circles start and finish, especially the two outer circles, but after that, it all turned into texture.
But, as it didn't do what I needed, i.e. make a plot with an obvious seam for a blog post I put it into the scrap paper pile to be plotted over. Each time I grabbed it to be drawn on I couldn't bring myself to do it, the plot slowly grew on me.
So here it is, a rather lovely minimalist plot that looks a lot like tree rings.
17th January 2020
Standard open edition
A3 - 29.7 x 42cm, 11.7 x 16.5in
Diamine Shimmer Ink on 300gsm Bockingford cold-pressed watercolour paper
Signed and dated on the back, shipped flat without the frame.
The ink used in this work is will change colour and lighten over time and should be considered a feature of the work. Frame the work and hang it out of direct sunlight and away from humidity if you would like to slow this natural process further.
Pen plots are unlike traditional prints; each one is subtly different due to the interaction between the pens used, ink and paper.
To further complicate/improve things, with traditional printing "Limited Editions" are identical prints, designed to be as close to the original as possible. However, with generative art, each plot is unique due to randomness in the algorithm.
"Open Edition/Series" means there is no limit to the number that will be produced, but each one will still be unique and different.
"Limited Edition" refers to a limited number of plots within a series and/or colourways and size, and again each one will be different.
"Static" is used when each plot in a series will be the same without any randomness, this is normally found in the "Sacred Geometry", but I haven't posted any yet.
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Returns & Damage
Sometimes, rarely, there's a chance the postal service will chew up and mangle your plot 😱 If this happens please send me a photo and we'll figure out a refund (less the shipping) or a replacement.
Please note: As each pen plot is unique (unless otherwise stated) the replacement will be the "same" but in its own slightly different way.
If you're unhappy with your plot and we can't work something out, then please destroy it in the most entertaining and interesting way possible within 14 days, send me photo proof, and I'll refund the cost excluding shipping.