Raindrops and Sunbeams

Raindrops and Sunbeams - student project

I discovered this class just as I was doing a project on mid-century design, and I thought the silhouettes of paper cutouts would be perfect for the style.

I first cut out the raindrops and liked the paper left behind as well, so I reconnected the cuts with a bit of tape and scanned those in too. Here they are (on the left) after vectorizing and arranging on the artboard. I made a copy of the raindrops and flipped them to go upwards like 'sunbeams', and coloured them accordingly:

Raindrops and Sunbeams - image 1 - student project

Multiply blending was used to get the colours to 'mix' when I overlapped the two sets. (I also used the clipping mask method to include some really subtle paper texture on the shapes). Here's a close-up:

Raindrops and Sunbeams - image 2 - student project

And here's the final mid-century-inspired repeat pattern piece:

Raindrops and Sunbeams - image 3 - student project

I found the paper cutting technique combined with Illustrator to be a really fun way of working. Thanks for a great class Nina. 

Sue Gibbins
Designer at Rocket & Indigo
Teacher