This first challenge gave me a great excuse to spend hours and hours on Google Earth. I love exploring the world by satellite!! I wanted to go far far away from my cold snow-covered world here in the midwest. After poking around in China, Japan, Australia, and some teeny tiny islands with sheep on them, I got caught up in the deserts of the middle east. I especially loved all the man-made islands in the Persian Gulf, but just could not translate them into a design I was happy with. So I turned inland at Qatar. I thought the small villages looked pretty neat from the sky, but what really caught my eye was the system of highways. It’s long stretches of graceful roads intersected with lots of roundabouts and ramps that go to places that haven’t even been built yet. And every one is different!
After playing around with the layout for a bit, I settled on a vertical pattern with a half drop repeat. I drew the whole pattern out in pencil. Usually for a geometric design like this I would plot it out in Illustrator, but I just wasn’t having fun. So I got out my t-square and triangles and circle templates and had a blast! It reminded me of drafting class in high school (best class ever). I then scanned it into Photoshop, and fully intended to trace over it in Illustrator to make it all nice and neat. But then I said “nuts to that!” and decided to play up the roughness of the pencil. I found that I really liked the way the layers of color over and under the pencil marks looked like roughed up paint.
I usually find choosing color schemes to be really hard (there are just so many choices!!) so I tried a dozen or so, and finally settled on one that actually kind of matches the region. The water in the Persian Gulf is this strikingly beautiful blue, with shallow areas of bright turquoise.
Thanks for checking out my design! I had a lot of fun creating it!