Step 1 - Drawing the Background Shapes
The first shape of the background layer
The first shape on our background layer is a combination of gentle curves that fill the top left quarter of our design.
There are several points to bear in mind that may help you when you are drawing your shapes:
- Start to draw your shapes in the corners of the unit making sure that they touch the adjacent key points (red circles).
- Try to be conscious of how the outline of a shape aligns with the key points (red circles) as these are the points of connection between the repeat units through which the movement of the pattern is created.
- Try to be conscious of the balance between the positive form (grey shaded area) of your shapes and the negative space (unshaded area) that surrounds them.
- Your shapes do not have to fit exactly into each quarter of the square. The suggestion of using quarters is simply a device to help you balance your shapes in the overall design.
The second shape of the background layer
Our second background shape fills the top right quarter of the design. The curves that we have used for this shape are in harmony with our first shape and initiate a visual interplay between them.
The third shape of the background layer
Our third background shape fills the bottom right quarter of the design. This shape continues the interaction of curves and builds on their relationship.
The fourth shape of the background layer
Our fourth and final background shape fills the bottom left quarter of the design. It balances the interplay of curved forms and leads us in a clockwise direction back to the first shape.