Monday, August 6, 2012

More Artifice: "The Flower of Life" (Updated)

I was digging through some old files today when I came across the "fabric swatch" above. I thought it might be a good addition to my other posts regarding faux items created digitally.

It's an optical illusion, of course. The "folds" in the fabric are not really there at all. I simply "airbrushed" a static pattern of mine over a solid black ground to create an illusion of rippling fabric.

(That "static pattern" incidentally, is based on the geometric pattern referred to as "The Flower of Life". For more information on this pattern - and the graphic below - see this Trans-D post.)

Hint: the simpler your initial tile is, the better it flows. Avoid rectilinear, "cubic" designs, such as my faux lace pattern. Circles and hexagons fill space far more seamlessly!

A graphic created for "The Circle Zone" - 2008 - DS 


  1. A nice little tutorial on creating a deeper depth of image -- something we can all use.

    1. Not much of a "tutorial" really... just another way to trick the eye... which is what two-dimensional art generally seeks to do, no? ;-)

      I used to sew a lot... so, I have an intimate relationship with fabric. This panel was created in my early days as a digital artist and is a bit clumsy... but there's something mysterious about it, which I like.