Tag: mosaic design

  • Mosaic Patterns as Rough Maps

    Mosaic Patterns as Rough Maps

    Most details in a mosaic are improvised and are not specified in the pattern. If so, then what is the purpose of a mosaic pattern?

    Like a rough sketch on a canvas to be painted, the purpose of a mosaic pattern is primarily to specify key lines and proportions, to be a rough map of the outlines of figures and where they are placed.

    What a mosaic pattern isn’t used for is to illustrate details that are finer than what can be rendered in tile.

    What that means in practice, at least for me, is that any small detail I render on a pattern is done merely to help me visualize what I am making, to supplement whatever photos or objects I am using as models.