On this project I will try my hand at a rug design brought up from photos I took. This is good because it is less derivative and more personal. Plus, I get to see what a rug looks like built from the plants around where I live.
To start, I went for a walk and took photos. The photos aren’t great; the goal is to get sharp images with an aesthetic perspective. Shooting on an overcast day makes them way easier to trace because of the diffused light.
Wait a second – These photos don’t look like a rug! It’s going to take a few steps first.
Let’s start out by making a grid for the rug. The size will be 4500×3000 pixels (9x6ft), to match the size of rug I have in my home. When viewed in landscape, the top and bottom borders should be thicker than the sides (like a painting frame.) To do that, the corner angles should not be 45º, but offset a little. I prefer the 50º example as it leaves the sides thinner than the top/bottom without (hopefully) going too far.
Adding a few colored squares and borders rounds out the rug base. Stuff isn’t set in stone, but having this scaffolding set up will make the rest of the project go smoother. Some of the squares, especially the fat outer border, will need to be tweaked to fit the symbols.
There are lots of little features to get from each photo. I notice that actually tracing the photo, then tracing the trace results in higher quality symbols. The second round is to concentrate on the lines looking good without the background photo interfering.
It’s been a week or more since I started writing this post. The project went a bit awry, but I’m still posting the results.
So yep, I let myself go out in the weeds on this one. I ended up playing with some abstract concepts. I’ve saved off a few samples below. While I do enjoy abstract art, the idea here is to make rug designs. More or less, the symbols have to be small and numerous, with clearly defined geometric scaffolding. After this post, I’ll take what I have learned and start from scratch on an English style rug (Mayan influenced symbols?)