How Not to Draw a Circle
Last week I brought you How Not to Draw a Straight Line, and now you can enjoy the same awesome technology, now with circles! After his straight line tracing exercise, Clement Valla decided to try the same thing with a circle. Drawing a circle (particularly with a mouse) is extremely hard to begin with, and tracing that circle must be roughly as hard. In the following video, you’ll see 500 iterations of a circle, as anonymous online users trace the previous frame they saw. What’s interesting about this video is seeing the circle break apart and periodically re-form itself. It’s hard to say exactly why this is happening — perhaps some users are lazy and don’t want to trace a bunch of disparate squiggles, so they just trace a circle. In any case, it’s fun to watch:
After the jump, watch Alexander Overwijk draw an extremely impressive freehand circle. It’s amazing, and reminiscent of Giotto’s papal art (check the comments for more discussion of the specific history).