Building the Diamonds Collection
Once I have a rough sketch of an idea, I work up the ideas in Adobe Illustrator. As the design progresses I duplicate the current version, then make changes to the duplicate. This way there are a series of ideas that can be re-visited later. The fourth version of Diamonds looked like it could have been from the Festival of Britain (v4). The seventh variation turned out to look like cactus spines hence the design for Ouch! (v7). The eighth version looked like schematic drawings of a building (v8), so I called the design Isometric. The 10th variation looks more what I had envisioned when I called the series Diamonds (v10).
The Final Pattern in the Diamonds Collection
The final pattern is the eleventh in the Diamonds Collection, I called the design Duplex. I duplicated the diamond and slotted it into the empty space. I fine tuned the spacing to take in the extra diamond until I felt the pattern worked.
Adjusting the Elements
Using different percentages of white (opacity) made the shapes appear more or less transparent. As if they were sheets of perspex or frosted glass. The additional diamond shape could just be a simple copy, but I felt it would be more interesting to alter it slightly. So the background panel is lighter than the same part on the first diamond. This produces another intricacy to the design.
Sometimes visuals don’t really look life-like. When the pattern is printed the real background colours could be silky satin. The percentages of white could then be transparent matt ink. I experimented with ways to show this in the visuals…