Thursday, July 28, 2011

The Tau Manifesto


This is based on Michael Hartl's The Tau Manifesto which is dedicated to one of the most important numbers in mathematics, perhaps the most important: the circle constant relating the circumference of a circle to its linear dimension. For millennia, the circle has been considered the most perfect of shapes, and the circle constant captures the geometry of the circle in a single number. Of course, the traditional choice of circle constant is Pi but, as mathematician Bob Palais notes in his delightful article “Pi Is Wrong!”, Pi is wrong. It’s time to set things right." I can't remember how I came about this article, but the geek in me naturally drew me to read and understand this. And I must say, it is very convincing! Now, I realize why trigonometry seemed a little off and illogical, and I could only wish that my teachers then used tau instead of pi. Things could have been a lot easier to understand, and a lot of us could have loved math a lot more. I wished I was able to finish this Moleskine entry on June 28 which coincidentally is Tau Day!

MyMoleskine and “The Glassblower’s Apprentice” (Study)


This is just a study for "The Glassblower's Apprentice,” a piece I hope to be chosen for an upcoming exhibit. I’ve always been fascinated by the magical nature of glass and the craftsmen at Murano, Italy seem to conjure magic in every piece of glassware they create. I’m still trying to figure out how to properly execute the effect of glass in a painting form. The final piece may look totally different as I try to explore various styles to execute this.

I uploaded the drawing as well to Moleskine’s MyMoleskine gallery, which they describe as “the best place where you can find and share the most beautiful creations made on a Moleskine notebook.” So if you own a Moleskine, and make art in it, that place may be a nice venue to showcase your talent.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

AngI.n.K. Corner: Unnatural Expeditions


"Unnatural Expeditions" features some of the characters I created for my tumblr site: Visoliluquy where I post doodles from my little drawing notebook. I try to post as much as time allows. This is also a special tribute to my colleagues at Quality Life Discoveries, who are represented here in their alter-ego animal forms. Published today at the Manila Bulletin's AngI.n.K. corner (page E-2).

AngI.n.K. Corner: A Student's Life


"A Student's Life" is another collaboration with my sister, Sigrid who wrote the poem for this piece. This was published in Manila Bulletin's AngI.n.K. Corner last April 16, 2011.