Pebbles by Zeblocks Pt II

In Pebbles Part I we conducted a detail review of the Size and Palette traits of the Pebble collection. In Part II, we delve into the seven less obvious traits that Pebbles are endowed with.

Pebbles by Zeblocks Pt II

In Pebbles Part I we conducted a detail review of the Size and Palette traits of the Pebble collection. In Part II, we delve into the seven less obvious traits that Pebbles are endowed with.

Some of these traits are merely a visual nudge such as Edge. In others, like Mint Type there is no visually discernible difference in the artwork because the trait serves as a visual category in its own right.

Traced Trait

There are three trait variants to the Traced trait.

No Fill (45)
Border (97)
No Border (858)

No Fill delivers a stunningly delicate Pebble across almost all of the Palette and Size permutations we covered in Pebbles Part I.

Pebble #239 with 'no fill' trait in a 'boulderette' size and 'galactic latte' palette
Pebble #624 with 'no fill' trait in a 'stonelet' size and 'dusk riverbed' palette

As we covered in the previous article, smaller sized Pebbles are generally coveted more within the collectoor base. What are the No Fill Pebbles in the smaller size?

Crumb with No Fill
There is just one Crumb Size with No Fill making Pebble #271 a standout variant. Currently owned by Suffermore.eth this Pebble is unlikely to come on the market anytime soon.

Pebble #271 with 'no fill' trait in a 'Crumb' Size with 'Serenity' palette

With just one Pebble in the No Fill plus Crumb variant, there has been no price discovery to date making it difficult to put a market price on this double trait variant.

Craglet with No Fill
There are five Craglet Size with No Fill numbered #449, #585, #688, #802 and #835 with the highest secondary sale price of 10 eth attained when 6529 Museum acquired #688 (pictured in the middle below)

Boulderette with No Fill
There are also five Boulderette Size with No Fill numbered #239, #338, #358, #675 and #736. Pebble #239 is currently on the market for 13.8 eth.

Now let's move on to the 97 Pebbles with the Border variant of the Traced trait.

Traced trait with Border
The Border variant adds a thick line around each of the Pebbles and special features on the art. At a glance the Border variant is not noticeable, until you see the work enlarged or zoom in.

Zoomed in part of Pebble #107 showing a dark outline around the Pebbles

On some Pebble palettes such as Unigrid, the Border trait highlights white on white Pebbles, giving a No Fill like quality to the work.

Pebble 183 with 'Border' variant of Traced trait

Some Pebbles such as #23 have a 'Border' variant that is imperceptible at lower resolutions until seen at 16k. These are the kinds of features that are useful for security of visual identity documents such as passports as they are generally undetectable unless the viewer is looking for it.

Zoomed in Pebble #23 showing the almost invisible 'Border' variant

The remaining Traced trait Pebbles are the No Border variant so do not require much further investigation beyond saying 'there is no border ily'.

Special Elements Trait

Pebbles are primarily made up of a group of Pebbles. In some artworks there are Special Elements. You can spot the Special Elements by looking for shapes that do not resemble Pebbles. Here are some examples:

The two 'sticks' are considered one of the visual clues of the Special Feature trait shown in Pebble #220 minted by itsjpower
Pebble #104 incorporates a number of sharper, enlarged shapes that can also be considered a Special Feature
Pebble #390 includes a pattern of horizontal lines, in a ladder-like formation that one might see in a Zen garden if seen from an aerial view.

Now that you have seen how to spot three of the different Special Elements in Pebbles with just a one Special Element, let's look what other Special Elements there might be.

These are five variants of the Special Elements trait. They simply count the number of Special Elements present in the artwork, without giving any further clue to what each Special Element might be.

Special Elements with the Two variant

The 'ladder-like' Special Element is easy to spot across two of the five Pebbles shown above. The 'sticks' are also possible to spot as a Special Element. The 'sharper, enlarged shapes' in the centre Pebble are also visible as a Special Element.

There may be another Special Element present that isn't immediately obvious. Let's take a closer look at Pebble #17 (2nd from the right).

Pebble #17 with Special Elements with the Two variant

What I notice in Pebble #17 is a tilted position given to the Pebbles as if they are affected by an invisible, centrifugal force that knocks their right angled position off course. Here are two more Pebbles that share the same force placed on the Pebbles:

Pebble #542 and Pebble #749 with Special Elements with the Two variant

Now that we may have established a fourth kind of Special Element... are there any more we may be missing? The clue to a potential fifth Special Element is easier to investigate in the smaller Pebble Size trait.

Pebble #110 with Special Elements with Two variants

Shown above is Pebble #110 with the sharper, enlarged shaped Pebbles which we have seen before. What could be the other Special Element variant displayed? The rectangular arranged Pebbles with equidistant gaps could by another Special Element?

Pebble #846 and #452 both contain three Special Elements. Could one of these be the rectangular arranged Pebbles?

Whether there are four, five or more hidden Special Elements, you can decipher how many are in each artwork using the none, one, two, three or all Special Element variants below:

None (55)
One (150)
Two (291)
Three (427)
All (77)

Could there be a sixth Special Element? Take a closer look at Pebble #41 below, also known within the meme maxi circles as 'Pathway to Disorder'. This Pebble contains All Special Elements. Let's attempt to count them:

βœ… a 'ladder-like' shape
βœ… a 'rectangular arrangement of Pebbles'
βœ… a graduated discolouration within the pink of the coral reef palette

The discolouration may in fact be another Special Element.

Pebble #41 with All Special Features minted by Animated

Pebble #851 also presents the discolouration, this time across two of the sky blue colors within the Unigrids palette.

Pebble #841 with Three Special Elements

Whether there is four, five, six or even more Special Elements remains to be confirmed. What we do know is that the Special Element trait is defined by exceptions to the natural rhythm of Pebbles within the artwork. These aberrations of the Pebble norm create a delight to the eye and inject a randomisation that is best appreciated when seeing a range of Pebbles all at once.

Pebbles with Three Special Elements

With Special Elements now covered in some detail, let's look at the simpler trait of Edge.

Edge Trait

The gap created by Edge trait is immediately obvious to the eye when looking at the edge of the artwork. Not to be confused with Border trait, Edge trait creates an outline of empty space around the Pebble artwork.

Pebbles #775, #496, #224 and #94 with Edge trait

312 Pebbles are blessed with the Edge trait and the remaining 688 do not have any Edge present.

Pebbles #642, #808, #973 and #80 without Edge trait

Overlap Trait

Overlap trait does exactly what you'd expect on the tin. It permits Pebbles to jumble up on top of each other, as if a surge of current had shifted them to a new resting place.

Pebble #419, #913, #832 and #98 with the Blend variant of Overlap trait

The Blend variant of the Overlap trait removes any distant between each Pebble with barely an overlap, making Blend quite an aesthetic Overlap trait. Blend is also the rarest at 51 Pebbles.

Pebble #288, #312, #316 and #328 with the Fuse variant of Overlap trait

The Fuse variant of the Overlap trait goes a step further than Blend, with Pebbles now clearly overstepping the boundaries of their neighbours. While not initially pleasant on the eye, Fuse tends to grow on you the more time you spend with them.

If you prefer your Pebbles separated, then Disjoin and Isolate variants of Overlap are the ones to search for.

Disjoin trait Pebbles creates negative space for each Pebble to breathe

Isolate variant takes the Pebble separation to another level again. Now each Pebble is almost floating around on its own, giving a sense of freedom less present in Disjoin or Blend variants.

Isolate variant Pebbles are the antithesis of the Overlap trait

The fifth and final Overlap trait is Harmonize. Almost 50% of all Pebbles are of the Harmonize variant. I consider Harmonize to be more a refined layout treatment than an overlapping modality.

The composition of Harmonize Overlap Pebbles are uniform and straight talking

A quick summary... we have now covered Traced trait, Special Elements trait, Edge trait and Overlap trait. In the previous Pebbles Part I article we covered Size trait and Palette trait in depth. With six traits covered, there are still the following traits to cover:

Color Density
Mint Type

To give you time to digest the Pebbles traits discussed so far, the next three traits above will be covered in a Part III article, which will conclude our analysis of the Pebbles collection by Zeblocks.