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Creating Patterns

I’ve always been someone who straddled multiple worlds. This tendency continues into my art. Once I get a solid photo of one of my traditional media paintings it’s fun to make digital variations, and to play with little pieces of them to make digital patterns. For an example, I’ll use my Forest Spirit and Variants piece:



Forest Spirit 200px by Dee-Ann LeBlanc

I first choose an interesting section of the painting, like this one:

Forest Spirit 200 pattern square by Dee-Ann LeBlanc

I may play with making it a seamless pattern, like this:

Seamless Quad Panel for Forest Spirit Patterns 300px

Or I may start expanding it into a larger pattern, playing with it in a variety of ways, and build out from there. Color shifts and so on can also be a big part of the process. Here’s the first that I was really happy with it, called “Angel Rain.”

Angel Rain by Dee-Ann LeBlanc 200px

I hope you found this brief glimpse into my process interesting. I’m not saying it’s a unique way to go, but it’s what I enjoy doing!

Note: If anyone has relevant questions I’ll be happy to expand this post to answer them.



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