About the Thornographer

My name is Evan Boxer-Cook, and I'd like to welcome you to Thornographer. "Thornography," as I have dubbed it, is the practice of creating symmetrical patterns that consist mainly of spiked protrusions that twist, branch, and bloom. I find the process of creating these patterns extremely therapeutic, and I encourage you to try your hand at designing one. While there are certain guidelines that I follow to keep my designs more or less standardized, no true limits exist within the world of self-expression.

I've always enjoyed symmetry, so whenever I found myself doodling in the margins of my notes, or simply filling sketchbooks, I would meticulously copy whatever design I would create over a vertical axis of symmetry, which often ran through a central "orb," or starting point. As I continued this art, I eventually turned to the internet for the purpose of finding a program that would create this axis of symmetry automatically. A site called "InspirARTion" is where I ended my search. Here, I created many designs that were seamlessly duplicated across a customizable line of symmetry.

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Some early designs made using InspirARTion

It was around this time when I began calling these works "Thornograms," mainly because I needed a name for the desktop folder I was storing them in. Soon, I would graduate to Adobe Illustrator, using the freehand pen to make larger and smoother designs which quickly amassed into the collection this site is designed to archive.