Birds of a Feather/II (Art)

Today, I’m expanding on my exploration of this tessellation sparked by this image:

Birds in flight over mountains
Birds in flight over mountains

Let’s start with the background. With green birds representing ground, and blue birds representing sky, I can divide the background three different ways:

Low Horizon
Low Horizon
Medium Horizon
Medium Horizon
High Horizon
High Horizon

Now, let’s look at some birds. Here are the upright birds.

Upright Birds
Upright Birds

What do you think? Too many birds? What if we only use every other bird?

Alternating Birds
Alternating Birds

That’s still a lot of birds.

What if I position the birds in a “V formation”? Haven’t you seen birds flying like this?

Steep V Formation
Steep V Formation

Now this is too few birds, and they don’t extend across the plane.  How about a gradual angle?

Gradual V Formation
Gradual V Formation

I like this better.

Now let’s put the background and the birds together.

Here’s a low horizon with alternating birds in the sky:

Low Horizon with Alternating Birds
Low Horizon with Alternating Birds

Here’s a low horizon with gradual “V formation”:

Low Horizon with Gradual V Formation
Low Horizon with Gradual V Formation

Here’s a medium horizon with alternating birds in the sky:

Medium Horizon with Alternating Birds
Medium Horizon with Alternating Birds

Here’s a medium horizon with gradual “V formation”:

Medium Horizon with Gradual V Formation
Medium Horizon with Gradual V Formation

Here’s a high horizon with alternating birds in the sky:

High Horizon with Alternating Birds
High Horizon with Alternating Birds

Here’s a high horizon with gradual “V formation”:

High Horizon with Gradual V Formation
High Horizon with Gradual V Formation

I think I like the low horizon with the gradual “V Formation” best;  there’s more sky (and birds in it). I can use a random selection of browns and greens for the horizon to represent earth and vegetation. I can use a random selection of blues to represent sky. Even though the bird shapes run throughout the pattern, I don’t necessarily have to emphasize them. I could emphasize a few in the sky to represent sun and clouds.

Birds of a Feather with Sun and Clouds
Birds of a Feather with Sun and Clouds

What do you think of it? Please leave a comment.

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