plaid sky

early morning sky with vapour trails

When the atmospheric conditions are just right the early morning sky visible from my studio’s east facing windows can be a veritable web of vapour trails (I don’t see or hear the planes… but I guess they’re always there even when their trails aren’t visible). The patterns these trails create against the blue and golden gradations of a winter’s sunrise have a certain beauty and appeal and they got me thinking about, and playing around with, plaid / check / tartan patterns… made out of early morning sky, vapour trails and Photoshop. Fun!

plaid sky

source sky image #1

plaid sky pattern

pattern derived from this source

plaid sky pattern

turquoise & red colour variation

plaid sky pattern

red & turquoise colour variation

plaid sky pattern

red & turquoise detail (look at all those little crisscrossing vapour trails! :)

plaid sky pattern

variation: “blue neon”

plaid sky pattern

variation: “dark matter”

plaid sky

source sky image #2

plaid sky pattern

pattern derived from this source

plaid sky pattern

variation: “rose tinted check”

plaid sky pattern

variation: “indigo diagonal”

The below animated GIF (9 frames in total) gives some indication of the (Photoshop) processes involved in creating these patterns:

plaid sky pattern construction

plaid sky pattern

another variation on the pattern created in the preceding animated GIF

Producing patterns in this way is a great way to learn more about how colour and tonal variations can impact on a design, and it is endlessly entertaining – I could spend days wandering this rabbit hole… but I really should get back to drawing wolves and jellyfish (more on those in due course).