For my patterns, I was inspired by the Islamic Architecture. The simple geometry of the motif combined with the complexity of the final pattern was the reason I choose to search and experiment with these patterns. I was also interested to generate such patterns automatically, in order to have a variety in short time.
As a result, I create an application in Processing , which generates Islamic rosettes and stars. I used a set of parametric equations taken by Bastanfard & Mansourifar’s article, “A Novel Decorative Islamic Star Pattern Generation”. Due to the different software, some modification was necessary to be made. The final application can generate different rosettes and stars every time I run it. The variety is achieved due to three parameters, which take random values in a certain range. Every new motif is saved as a png file for further editing. The initial idea was to generate patterns in this application, after the creation of the primitive motif, but the size of the required file was so big that made the process very slow. Furthermore, with other techniques and software I had the freedom to create more complex and interesting patterns.Another parameter that is important for the Moiré Effect, is the size of the stroke.
The three parameters and the size of the stroke that affect the generated motif
The same application creates either rosettes or stars by changing the commented lines
The parametric equations that define the points
Using the motifs from the above application, I create more complex motif in Photoshop and I experimented a lot with different compositions, mostly by changing the scale and the position. This video shows the process that I followed.
For the patterns, I tried a lot of technics in order to find the most appropriate and quick. In this video I show the best I found.