Author Archives: Daniel Higinbotham

Subtle Contrast

My main inspiration for this project was Bridget Riley’s work. Specifically, I looked at Shadow Play and Natraja. These works have a lot more artistic depth than I could hope to replicate with my amateur abilities, but I really like the way she displays and compares color. To begin, I spent a couple hours creating different patterns that allowed me to contrast color in a similar way. I settled on a grid of right triangles, because the combination of the grid and diagonals resembled Bridget’s work.


From there, I wanted to create more color mixing. I added a circular rotating ellipse that was transparent enough to see the base pattern behind it. The ellipse is constantly shifting color as well, ensuring even more combinations. The sliding rectangle serves a similar purpose, lightening the triangles it passes over so that they can be seen from both perspectives every time the background updates.
Background + Mobile Shapes

Background + Mobile Shapes

Finally, I realized that all the bright colors made my wallpaper look rather childish, and subtracted from the overall experience. To alleviate that, I made the differences in color for each set much less vivid (either dark or light). In the final product, you get contrasts in each square, between the triangles in a set, and against the mobile objects.
Scrolling wallpaper final

Final Product


I started this project by trying to build a semi-realistic representation of my facial structure. But, after some experimentation I decided that a simple representation would serve the same purpose without the mess of ellipses and triangles. The square with eyes and a mouth portrays the “idea” of a face while also providing a straightforward foundation I could build on.

Initial Version, no added Features

Next, I tried to add character with hair and a beard. I may not be able to grow decent facial hair, but through the power of artistic license my portrait can.

Template Version

A regular portrait captures a person or persons in one instant, and preserves that image unchanged by time. My portrait falls behind in terms of accuracy, but is possess an advantage in its ability to change. Instead of portraying an instant, my portrait  displays me for the next forty years or so (provided I don’t shave or cut my hair). sketch(6) sketch(2) sketch(3) sketch(4) In essence, my self-portrait is an attempt to combine the ideas of both my face and time into one dynamic image.