Color and Pattern Finalization

My final products of both my first and second design are presented with the tile creation placed to the left and the repeated pattern placed on the right. To finalize my fist design, I focused on repeating it enough to provide context for the blue back space. When repeating this tile, I had difficulties with the application, Vectornator, used to generate the design. The stroke could not be resized to scale with the rest of the shapes; nevertheless, I did not undo this effect because I believe the oversized blue stroke around the green circles create a diamond shape that contrast nicely with the various concentric circles. In terms of finalizing my second design, I determined to use a dark green that was a shade of the green previously used. This help pull my design forward while creating an upside down figure in the negative space similar to the design.

Mountain Process

The design derived from the rocks is based on the direction projected by the layers of rock. The initial thought was to use line work to elicit movement; however, when adding color I experimented with adding filled shape. I found that by adding awkward shapes it created a more cohesive composition. Furthermore, the dynamics of the line contrasts nicely with the stability of the shapes. I looked at how the design would appear without the lines, yet it lost the movement and direction. Lastly, I attempted to remove the gaps between the individual spaces, but it came across as congested, and disorganized. Color helped this composition join as abstract components. I used varied tints and shades of green and yellow. It created a feeling of earthiness I strived for. Additionally, the yellow is accented by the sparingly used purple.
When evaluating my tile as a repeating pattern, I thought mostly about how the color of the negative space will influence the pattern. I chose to put each form close together in order to create a similar shape out of the negative space. I experimented with filling the space with the circular shape, but it looked out of place. Also, when repeated even more, the angles of the colored shapes creates a diagonal pattern throughout. In my final pattern I determined a dark green to be the right choice for the background. The darkness helps define each individual form, while not being overbearing. In addition, the shade of green present follows the color scheme as it is a deviation of the green already present.

Frog Eye Process

My initial interpretation the frog’s eye focused on it’s individual components. I decided to revise the triangular shapes within the eye, and place them in a more symmetric position. The triangles contrast the roundness of the concentric circles. As my ideas developed, I added more intricate triangles within the circle to create a fuller, more active design. Color was a major aspect in creating my final piece. I decided to follow a color scheme involving green, blue, and orange, based on my color explorations. I centered the orange/browns in order to have the eyes build through the green to the blues. I increased the contrast of colors from the second to last design as suggested during critique.

When developing my tile that was to be repeated, I focused on using the maximum amount of space, as my design is simple and not overwhelming. I initially consider using only a component of my original design to fill the center space; however, the curves that carve into the center circle created an unusual, diamond-like shape. It was to keep this new shape that caused me to choose to use the whole design. In addition, by laying my circles, I wanted to demonstrate a little bit of depth. I followed this action by evaluating color. The center to me was still back space, so I transitioned the design into different shades and tints of the blue that outlines the other circles.

Pattern Research

When deciding which natural pattern I planned to use for my outline, I wanted to choose two very different references. I thought the concentric circles of the frog’s eye had interesting contrast with the pointy design in the eye.
The rock pillars were my second choice for the pattern project because the horizontal movement of the rock layers intuitively contradicts its column form. I appreciate the variety of lines, both actual and implied within this form. My design was inspired by the the horizontal motion the layered earth suggests.