Finding The Trees
To create Trees pattern design I used old tree illustrations as a starting point for these designs. I wanted to be able to colour each of the trees differently, meaning a different layer for each tree. I traced the tree illustrations as paths, so that they are now scalable vectors. Meaning I could produce designs with giant trees, which would be great used in a commercial location.
Arranging The Trees
Initial designs had the trees in a row – as shown top. Which perhaps would have worked as a border, but didn’t look remotely like a real woodland with jumbled trees. I simplified the design by reducing the number of trees, then mixed them up to look more like a woodland – as shown middle.
Updated Designs Adding A Glade
Re-visiting the design I felt the tree trunks were too prominent, I needed a simple device to ground them. I created the path of a glade to roughly contain the seven trees. The glade had to be continuous so I altered the shape of each end to make it flow across the design.
Colouring The Pattern Design
There are a lot of different elements to this design; the seven trees, the glade beneath the trees, and the background to the whole pattern. The early designs use fairly natural colour palettes for the trees. It was when I coloured one of the trees lilac, that later designs really began to look interesting. So using compound and clipping paths I could re-colour each of the elements in turn using any of the 39 colours in my swatch library.
I have shown examples from designs H, J and K. Each is distinctly different…
- Design H the trees are coloured individually. Most of them fairly natural colours – except the largest one which I have added lilac to the combination.
- Design J the trees are all white, the colouring comes from the glade and the backgrounds.
- Design K the trees are all coloured the same with colours taken from the 39 colour swatch library. In some instances I have also changed the tint of the colour, or altered the opacity.