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BONUS: digital “sand” art smiley March 8, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Smiley, Web smileys.
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"smile." Digital "sand" art created by Sam Tan, on thisissand.com, 07 March 2011. (Click image to see original.)

This is sand art. Except it’s done on the Internet. The website thisissand.com has created an online program that converts the pixels on your computer into digital “sand” and lets you “pour” it down the screen to create sand art. It’s weirdly addictive — once I started a piece, I was reluctant to quit until I’d finished it, even though it took forever — but it’s also quite a lot of fun. So imagine my delight when I visited the gallery of other user art and discovered this smiley face!

And, believe it or not, I am not the artist on this one, even though this artist, too, is named “Sam.” Weird.

Thanks, “Sam Tan,” for making me smile!

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BONUS: Reader-submitted sand smiley and poster February 6, 2011

Posted by Samuel Snoek-Brown in Art, Reader submission, Smiley.
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These smileys come from 4-year-old Maeve, daughter of our friends Heidi and Rodney.  They’d come to visit us from Dubai this past weekend, and while they were here Maeve decided to make a poster for our front door with images special to Jennifer (the ladybug and cat) and me (the two smiley faces).  Later, we all went out into the desert for a “safari” adventure with dune-bashing and camel rides, and Maeve made a second smiley in the sand for me.

Thanks, Maeve!  These both are awesome!  🙂