Once I hit on a design I like, I like to modify various elements to see what else I can come up with. Following on from Sunday sketch #67, I kept the black bars static but mixed up the red bars:
Like the previous sketch, none of the red bars touch each other; they just float amidst the regimented black bars. Chaos and order in harmony!
All you’d need to make this design into a quilt pattern would be squares and rectangles.
On a recent work trip to Tokyo, I popped into the Shibuya branch of Tokyu Hands, a kind of department store with a pretty awesome stationery section. I picked up a new dot pad! I thought nothing could beat my Rhodia dot pad, but this one is spiral-bound, which means it lies flat as I sketch, and it’s got really stiff front and back covers, which means it won’t buckle as I’m sketching at weird angles. I’m in love. If it had perforated pages, my (sketching) life would be complete.
I don’t know if it’s the new pad, or my recent attempts to introduce a bit of colour into my designs (and Instagram feed), but I’ve had a fairly productive sketching week. Working with two colours (rather than my usual black or blue) has opened up some new sketching directions….
Of course, I had to mix order (the black bars) with chaos (the red bars). Whereas the black bars are spaced evenly apart – two rows and two columns away from their neighbours – the red bars can appear anywhere, as long as they’re not touching another red bar. Yes, even with chaos, I need to impose a few rules 🙂
This design could easily be made into a quilt pattern using rectangles and squares.
Normally I sketch on a plain square grid using a Rhodia dot pad. I like the absence of lines; it frees up my design mind a little more. But lately I’ve been trying to sketch more designs using equilateral triangles, and the easiest way to do this – short of drawing up my own triaxial grids – is to use Grid Paint. It’s a free online resource with different grids for painting, including two types of triaxial grid (one that runs horizontally and one that runs vertically). The design features are pretty limited, but they’re enough to get rough ideas down on the screen for exploring later.
I’ve made no secret of my love of transparency and (paradoxically) my aversion to using colours in my designs. A hexagonal colour wheel is the perfect way to achieve both:
The design above is a ‘subtractive’ colour wheel – the main/primary colours are cyan (I’ve used a darker blue), magenta and yellow. If you mix all three equally, the light is subtracted, giving black in the centre.
You can make an additive colour wheel by mixing red, green and blue (which looks more like a purple here), to get white in the centre.
If you look closely in both designs, you can see the faint lines outlining the triangles. These designs would be so easy to make into quilt patterns! Fewer than 100 equilateral triangles, arranged into only 8 strips to make the hexagon. I’m so tempted.