Friday, June 10, 2016

Creating flow between patterns

Here is a follow up to yesterday's post - two posts in a row to make up for not posting on Wednesday.

Here's the first of three more recent tiles:

The most interesting thing to point out about this tile is my intention to create a bit more flow between tangles. I'll explain this a little more.

I started with Quandary in the upper left. Next, I drew orbs in the spaces of the quandary pattern, just for fun.

After that, I put in Nipa just below the quandary-with-orbs as a way of connecting the two areas through the visual repetition of orbs. Here is a detail of the part I'm describing:

This detail shows another clear area of successful flow between two patterns: the large triangular area flows into Paradox to the lower left of it. Unfortunately, I do not know the name of the triangular pattern, and it may not even have one. It's super simple to draw, so if you read this and would like some instruction, let me know. I could post a quick video. If you happen to know the name of the pattern, let me know that, too!

I'll end this post with two more recent summer tiles:

Poke Leaf, Florz, Nipa, Knightsbridge, Shattuck
Meer, and Opus

Tortuca, Bales, Flukes, Tipple, Shattuck, Printemps, and few other
random patterns, e.g., leaves
The most interesting thing about all three of these tiles (possibly more so to me than you) is that they all share a certain quality of solidity. That is, in each drawing, the tangles seem to stick together to form some kind of conglomerate image, like one solid piece. This is especially true of the first, colored tile. For any reader who has made it this far, the takeaway for you is how interesting it can be to survey your own tiles in order to discover you own style. It's more difficult to do this than one might think. Other people probably discern repeating elements of your work more easily than you do, so it's worth it to spend some time trying to get a clear handle on your own style. The clearer you are about your own style, the more intentional you can be about evolving.