Deviations between the geometry and the colouring systematic do give this picture it’s extra kick. Obviously kept in greenish colours, the vertical main axe does drift towards turquoise, while the horizontal main axe does drift towards yellow. But a step in this yellow glissando does form an edge between the 2 yellowish triangles in the foreground and the background, giving the picture extra dynamic.
The geometrical grid does combine the three-count rotational symmetry of the hexagons with the five-count rotational symmetry of the bending area (pentagram-formed with rounded tips). Together with the two-count colouring, described above, this confusing combination of three different rotational symmetries created the simultaneous impressions of imperfection and harmony at the same time.
Furthermore, ten levels of stripes in each cube, filled with their own glissandos do form the impression, as if the cubes would glow at their tips. The illusion of glowing is enforced by using the complementary contrast in the “central cube” (which of course is not the centre of the picture).
The “X” is the central theme of X Hex. A star formed bending area with the main axes orientated along the diagonals, in which the deformations do fade away towards the tips of the triangles, does form a subtle hexagon grid, the first “X”. Simultaneously blueish colours, varying in saturation and brightness do form two crossing lines – same centre, but slightly different angles, the second “X”. Try watching the picture from different viewpoints and judge for yourself, how many Details and Impressions can be found on the second view.
Unround bending areas do form the illusion of a natural formed volcano hill. A red green contrast does underline the illusion of a crater, and finally background hexagons with approximating turquoise colours do form the illusion of increasing water depth.
As complex bending areas did work so well in Vega-style pictures, I tried that technique in a diamond formed bending area with a Hexagon-style grid. To underline the effect, I decided to double the resolution within that area, lading to two different effects: First, a cube in cube illusion like known from the “Walk away from Hexagon No.3”; Second the cubes on the edge of the bending area get cut into fragments, underlining the sharp contour and edges of the diamonds.
In the Hot Diamonds, the inside cubes do have different (lighter) colours than the outside cubes, forming the illusion of something glowing from the inside.