As part of the ColliderScribe2 launch we have example artwork you are able to download! We're also sharing how some of these great pieces were produced and in this Blog post Michele Weisbart shares her workflow for the Moroccan Mosaic piece she has designed.
Michele is a graphic designer and artist. She has established herself as an independent design consultant and educator. Michele created the graphics for the award winning Model Design Manual for Living Streets, commissioned by Los Angeles County Department of Public Health and UCLA Luskin Center for Innovation.
Although I have been illustrating for many years, being introduced to Astute Graphics helped me to take my creativity to a whole new level with their intuitive tools. With this piece, I re-visited an idea I had when ColliderScribe originally came out. I wanted to create a Moroccan inspired mosaic piece.
I started with research and source material, and produced a really rough sketch of what I wanted. As you can see, not everything is worked out and I leave myself options, as I always refer back to the original material.
Then the fun starts. Making sure that 'Thank God for Autosaviour Pro' settings are how I want them (and yes I renamed this plug-in) I come up with a color palette (I use global colors in case I change my mind) and of course my original 16 colors later expanded!
Then I began to build the mosaics. I did not want perfect symmetry. If I had just used the rotation and other transform tools of Illustrator, everything would have been just too perfect. ColliderScribe2 allowed me to place things easily and decide on the fly whether an individual piece would be exactly spaced evenly or just slightly askew.
I started with the smaller center mosaic, building from the center out. I used both the Rotate to and Rotate at Collision Tools to place my shapes where I wanted them.
I used this same process for the smaller mosaics that border the piece.
For the larger mosaic, I built out segments, positioning the pieces using the Snap to and Rotate to Collision Tools.
Once I placed these, I rotated them to get the full mosaic.
For finishing touches, I wanted some texture, so I brought in some texture via opacity masks.
I had to release many of the groups I had made to get the textures to apply exactly how I wanted them. I then used Stylism to apply a drop shadow to the mosaics.
A quick clipping mask to clean up edges – don’t you love ‘em! And a simple frame to set it off and my Moroccan inspired mosaic was complete.
A huge thank you to Michele for sharing her design process with us and for this beautiful artwork, its stunning!
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