This ‘Structured Chaos’ illustration was started using a clutch pencil which I used to draw the interlocking shapes onto an A3 drawing pad. It started out as an experimental piece that had more and more separate random shapes created to form an irregular puzzle like effect. It was planned as a study of negative space.
Once I had drawn the core elements shown in black on the artwork, I then placed some tracing paper over the drawing and created the more subtle pink variant shapes around the core of the image. This was done to add some texture and to create a definite foreground and background whilst still using the random interlocking shapes. This creates a sharp edge but if you were to make all the shapes the same colour, then there would be no noticeable structure to the piece and it would only appear as completely random interlocking pieces.
After the drawing was finished I scanned the elements in separately. i.e. I scanned the A3 drawing in first and then scanned the tracing paper elements in separately so i could distinguish foreground elements from the background. I had to join up separate A4 scans in Photoshop cause the document was too large to scan in one go with my A4 scanner.
When all the elements had been joined up, I imported them into Illustrator, and retraced all the shapes into vectors. After playing around with different colour variations, I came up with the final artwork.
It was mainly created as self promotional artwork and used to experiment with a new style, and for a bit of fun. I am planning a series of similar images which I will update soon.