Author Topic: draw unique snowflakes challenge  (Read 13185 times)

December 30, 2016, 11:45:47 AM
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brynn

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Wow, interesting pattern!  Very complex!
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January 09, 2017, 12:32:51 PM
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Thanks for looking at it.

Here is my process:

I first thought about how to make a six-pointed object.
I made a vertical line, copied it, pasted it in place and rotated the copy 120 degrees since it rotates by its center point.
I then copied the copy, pasted it in place and flipped it horizontally.
This gave me a basic stick figure flake. I locked that layer and used it as a guide.

I then used the pen tool to make one arm of a flake until I liked the design.
I copied one arm, pasted it in place, flipped it vertically, and then use the alignment tools so the arms were end to end.
I then grouped the two arms, copied the group, pasted in place and rotated the copy 120 degrees.
I coped the copy, pasted in place and flipped that second copy horizontally.

I liked how the bases of the six arms interact with the others in this design. I think this is my third design. I tried to not take too much time when creating one arm to try to make it somewhat random and fresh. I wanted to just create some points and edges where the shape widened as it neared the base.

I only used a 6" x 6" document. Using bigger dimensions would have meant a more complex design. I was worried that I may over-think things. I wanted to make a quick design to try to keep the design spontaneous. I wasn't worried about making it realistic.

I do like the variety of designs posted. Lots of different approaches to this challenge.





January 10, 2017, 02:47:55 AM
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Yes, as we're always saying, for some things, there are a few, or sometimes even several ways to do it.  Most of the time it comes down to personal preference, when the result is the same.  I like using clones for this, because if I decide to edit later, I just have to edit the original, and all the other 5 are edited at the same time.

Here's a tip for you.  Instead of using Copy and then Paste in Place, try Edit menu > Duplicate (or the button on the command bar or the key shortcut).  Duplicate does exactly the same thing, except all in one click  :)
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January 10, 2017, 07:20:10 AM
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Thanks for the tips, Brynn. I am by no means an expert with Inkscape.

I have been playing around with the borders challenge. I will post one of my experiments there.


Ken