dallin August 14th, 2008
So, this semester at uni I’m doing a subject called Computer Graphics. I’ve been looking forward to it, because it presents a new kind of challenge, completely different to anything that I’ve been doing before, but it’s very fun and interesting. I knew quite a few people who were doing it last year, and I always enjoyed looking at things they’d been working on.
Well, I’m just finishing up my first practical exercise, and it has been really fun. The core of the practical is reasonably simple (once you know what you’re doing) but several ‘extensions’ are listed, and either one of those extensions or one of your own is required, if you want full marks.
The core of the exercise was drawing 2 dimensional ‘reptiles’ – Shapes which can be formed by drawing 4 smaller versions of itself. A slightly boring example would be a square – you can make a square by drawing four smaller squares. Each of those 4 smaller versions could then be filled with 4 smaller versions, potentially creating an infinite fractal-like pattern. Actually, one of the things we had to draw, was the Sierpinski Triangle, shown on the fractal page.
Well, for an extension, I decided to try my hand at a 3D version of the Sieprinski Triangle. I only just now learned from Wikipedia that it is called a Tetrix. I wanted to share it with you, because it’s pretty. It looks better when it’s moving, but I can’t capture a video for you at the moment (believe me, I’ve tried!) *EDIT* – Youtube video embedded below. Enjoy!
Oh, and Liv is like awesome. Or something…