Try and draw a pattern that fits together, so regular shapes interlock. It’s easy with squares or diamonds, triangles or even hexagons, but when you get onto irregular shapes it’s more difficult. Interlocking shapes made up of the same shape over and over are called tessellations I think. Although I’m not sure because tessera are the little squares or oblongs they use in mosaics I think? I really need to look these things up before I write them down!
Anyway I’m working towards drawing dragons, and they are usually covered in scales, like snakes. That led me to realise that ideally I would like an interlocking pattern. I could look at a snake, or a fish, or a lizard, but I just made my own up. I added some crosshatching for shade and patterns for interest. I hope people aren’t getting bored with my experiments!
I do love cats and this ginger cat doodle cheered me up. I’m still learning how I want to use the various tools. I have to think about opacity when I’m using this app which is called sketcher free. It seems to be about line drawing rather than a more painterly app like ArtRage oils. But that makes this more of a drawing app. Hope you enjoy?
I never waste things if I can help it. These castellated bits of paper are actually the off cuts from the ends of perforated sheets of paper. It’s where I have cut pages out of a sketchpad. One of the bits has black ink on it. The image was then mirrored four times in the Layout app I have on my phone. I don’t think I had glued these down, but I used some off cuts like this to turn into a block of flats (apartments) for a college project.
Another day another walk, so posting some more photographic experiments. If you remember to include a diagonal line in the photo you can create all sorts of patterns and surrealistic effects. Using the layout app that links in to Instagram and Facebook.
Frost on the bonnet of my car. How does it grow like that? Feathers created by a mysterious creature called Jack Frost. Water frozen in amazing patterns, crystallising into flakes or swirls or swooping spirals. Beauty in nature, patterns from tiny water molecules.
This photo is from a couple of years ago. I haven’t seen frost like this, this winter. We have has snow, and some passing frosts, but nothing to build up a deep layer of ice like this. I would love to try and draw it if it happens again, particularly when it builds up on the windscreen of my car…
I took my tablet to a life drawing class a couple of years ago. I wanted to see what a digital drawing would look like. I chose to use a program called sketcher free that gives you different texture tools, like fur long fur, ribbon, chrome, and other pens. You can chose the background colour. You can also use a colour slider and picker and a change in pen sizes. It’s a bit complicated to choose a pen shape that translates to the drawing well. There are other programs that are simpler to use but I liked (as usual) the patterned effect I created.
I drew some curves and spirals then started adding doodles, including a couple of birds and a face. I started using a fine line black ink pen, but it was running out so I turned instead to a black calligraphy pen. When I’d finished I decided to add colour. That helped accentuate some of the shapes. I could do more but decided to leave it. I called it phoenix because a bird seemed to ge appearing from the background.
A single leaf, veins in the shape of a tree, trunk and branches, funny how one pattern can mimic another. Like swirls of cream in coffee and galaxies out in space. Fractal clouds with patterns repeating. Always good to look closely at things.
I ddo like creating patterns, so I used the drawing I did earlier to create something different. Bits of it remind me of Tiffany glass or stained glass pieces. If you rotate and twist the images you get something new each time… I will be using up the rest of my nail varnishes to create new images.