The illustrative world of Botany is so intriguing. Aside from the scientific points, you can learn so much in color use, shape and form and line work. It gets you to pay attention to the fine details of design rather than just the overall idea of say, a flower.
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Today I've got a video that follows a botanical design from start to finish. In this video I showcase how you can utilize blending, shading, outlining and a few tricks altogether.
Here are my finished pattern template and primary shape used to make this video:
Here are a number of shading and blending elements you can develop using multiple squeezed shapes mashed together and saved as a Custom Shape to re-use:
Would you find it valuable for me to make an entire video on making shading and blending elements such as these? The more complex shape, Shade - Hatching (above), is a series of squeezed dew-drop shape (found under the Sky Shapes category), then I used a stretched and modified crescent shape (same category) to round out the base.
You can create any number of shading and blending custom shapes. I find it useful to create ones with longer lines, shorter lines, longer in width, curved bases (curved bases help streamline elements for floral designs). Having them on hand really cuts down on time when you want to be artistic and not spend all your time making the shading pieces at the same time.
Get Inspiration from Anatomic Botanical Illustration
While you can peruse the shapes and patterns all over COLOURlovers.com, that's good for practice but copying work for practice will not allow you to create your own sense of style and imagination. Instead, after giving a little practice a go... knowing where to look for ideas is key.
Anatomic Illustration is really quite interesting because it generally pieces off organic matter such as flowers, plants, insects, etc. and definitively shows nice line and color work enough for you to turn those art pieces in to a Seamless Lite pattern design in your own reflection.
Pinterest Boards to utilize as resources for inspirational imagery:
- * Anatomic Illustrations Pinterest collection by Martina Leitschuh
- * Zentangle Flowers Search on Pinterest
- * Zentangle Vines & Leaves Search on Pinterest
- * Illustrated Botanicals Pinterest collection by Lyn Voyterschark
- * My own Seamless Patterns - Botany collection on Pinterest
I would take some time to peruse through these links and just practice drawing and saving shapes and build up your library. Don't put pressure on yourself for making some fancy pattern, literally just spend an hour making 5+ types of vines and leaves. Then work on petals and flowers.... and so on. Once you do a ton of drawing practice, move in to putting some of those elements in to a pattern design. Remember, a good pattern does not have to have a thousand different elements. A good pattern consists of:
- * Start with a main element of interest (or create vines and work on the seamless connections - this falls under the "stripes" type of patterns).
- * Connect it with some type of line-work such as vines or decorated lines (add bubbles, triangles, etc along the line like dew-drops on a vine).
- * Use the Diagonal Axis rather than limiting yourself to the Artboard "boxy" Square
Great Examples of Seamless Lite Botanical Shapes for Inspiration:
See many more great flower designs! I basically set the search results on CL to "flower" under the dropdown, Shapes option.