Sunday sketch #354

The similarities between this week’s sketch and last week’s should be clear; basically the only difference is that the elongated diamonds (and their internal circles) are now bisected horizontally. That change provides an opportunity to colour things a little differently and to introduce a bit more movement.

I’m using a palette I’ve used before, but I think it works well here. Dark blue, hot orange, a peachy pink, with white. I think this colourway works with this design because it has a good range of values: dark, medium-dark, medium-light, and light.

Here’s the first version with the white and peach swapped:

Like last week’s sketch, there’s downward movement (the lines created by the tops and bottoms of the elongated diamond shapes), upward movement (created by adjacent blocks stepping up across the page), horizontal movement (as your eye tracks across the lines bisecting the circles), and vertical movement (ascending/descending each column).

There are lots of different layout and colouring options. In this next version, I’ve only coloured half of each diamond, with the other half taking the background colour. All the same movement is there, with an added meander from circle to circle: up, down, up, down, across the page.

This is such a fun design, and I feel like it’s quite different from last week’s design despite the small tweak.

This week’s design could be made using half-rectangle triangles and half-circles (which might be a smidge easier to make than whole inset circles).

The right colour choice would make all the difference, particularly with the overall movement; choosing different colours could make certain elements stand out more (or less). It would take a bit of experimentation to get it right, I think.




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