It illustrates how readily adaptable these geometric designs might be.
That is all there is of those early studies but, having had to reconstruct them quickly, it may well spur me to see how one or more of them might be developed as suggested in the sketch immediately above.
The pens have a circular nib and have to be held approximately vertically.
Where there is a change of direction of the line it is difficult to create a sharp corner.
It was carried out to explore the relationship between stars based on ten-point geometry and there must have been construction lines before this was drawn, perhaps just pencilled in as these were all drawn manually rather than with a computer.
The underlying pattern does not have to be drawn in as much detail as I have shown, but there was something contemplative about this type of drawing that encouraged me to produce similar over-complex constructions, and that can be seen in many of the sketches on these pages.
This is the last of the sketch studies I recorded and was drawn, again, to establish the construction of the pattern on an Egyptian door. As you can see, it is another design based on four-point geometry, but the difference here is that the lines that intersect are not as you might expect them to be, but often meet outside obvious junctions.
Although there are some advantages to working with a computer, it is unlikely I would have made the same mistake had it been drafted.
The second sketch probably doesn’t belong on these pages, but is placed here as a notional fountain design based again on the same pattern.