Underwater Landscape

Most of Earth’s surface, more than 70 percent, is covered by oceans. This design is a celebration of the fascinating underwater landscapes, as well as a reminder of the importance of preserving these fragile aquatic habitats. This pattern invites us to imagine the awe-inspiring views beheld during experiences such as scuba diving amongst coral reefs. Infused in a colour palette inspired by sunrays slicing through the surface of the water, Underwater Landscape is illuminated in a shimmering spectrum of aquamarines.

This pro­ject was a part of my ongo­ing col­lab­or­a­tion with Kidspattern. If you’d like to learn more about them please vis­it their web­site HERE. Alternatively, view the archive of our pre­vi­ous pro­jects HERE, in which I dis­cuss in detail the his­tory and nature of our work.

All cloth­ing-mockups presen­ted here are provided cour­tesy of Kidspattern and are used for visu­al­isa­tion pur­poses only.

Pattern Development

This design is a part of a mar­ine series inspired by the won­der­ful abund­ance of sea life. It cov­ers a total of three pat­terns com­mis­sioned for a client’s Spring-Summer col­our group aimed at boys. Here you may view the oth­er two accom­pa­ny­ing designs : Shoal of Jellyfish and Seaside Shore. Apart from the mar­ine theme that runs across them, they’re also uni­fied by the same water inspired palette, which was com­posed by the trend and col­our expert Kidspattern, and con­sists of a set of soft greens and blues, con­tras­ted by a touch of rich, deep ultra­mar­ine.

Above you can view the final ver­sion of the pat­tern which was pur­chased and prin­ted by the cli­ent. The design com­bines two recol­oured out­lines, both filled with col­our. This brings in an inter­est­ing dynam­ic, whilst keep­ing the total amount of col­ours used to just two. The ele­ments remain bal­anced in a reg­u­lar, lin­ear arrange­ment. This ver­sion works equally well across vari­ous back­grounds : stand­ard white, medi­um blue and dark ultra­mar­ine. This allows for ver­sat­ile uses across mul­tiple cloth­ing and access­ory items. 

Drawing

Please view the pre­lim­in­ary pen­cil sketches offer­ing you a peek into my cre­at­ive pro­cess. Loosely inspired by ima­gin­ary cor­al reef hab­it­ats, they are filled with unusu­al, and fas­cin­at­ing ali­en shapes anchored to the seabed. Using biro pen I sim­pli­fied and styl­ised these to arrive at this kid-friendly design. Next, these were scanned in and cleaned up digit­ally to get them vec­tor — ready for pat­tern design.

Newborn Collection

Part of the col­lec­tion addressed to Newborns involved prints for baby grows and oth­er accessor­ies like hats or blankets. On the left side, you may view an idea for a base, single-col­our ver­sion of this pat­tern, which has the cor­al reef islands arranged in a lin­ear, reg­u­lar man­ner. This ver­sion allows us to fully appre­ci­ate the hand drawn aspect of all the ele­ments by visu­al­ising it in a rel­at­ively large size and the choice of a white back­ground provides con­trast to the dark green art­work. 

On the right hand side, please view a slightly more adven­tur­ous ver­sion, which was recol­oured to fit a fresh, light tur­quoise back­ground. The ele­ments were filled in with white col­our and an addi­tion­al dark­er blue was injec­ted as a fun pop of accent col­our in the details of some the fish and few reeds of sea­weed. The islands are now also clustered closer togeth­er and visu­al­ised in a large size, which adds to the design’s mod­ern feel.

Clothing Samples

Please browse through a selec­tion of examples of the Underwater pat­tern in print. These were pro­duced to launch the client’s over­all Spring-Summer col­lec­tion and to pro­mote it at trad­ing fairs.

Apart from clothes aimed at kids aged 18 – 36 months old, I’ve also added a few samples from their Newborn group, which includes baby accessor­ies like blankets and hats.

My favour­ite is an ombré col­oured jump­er with an illus­trated rim and a match­ing spot illus­tra­tion that I also cre­ated which was prin­ted on the t‑shirt’s front pock­ets.

Please note that these images are provided cour­tesy of the cli­ent and Kidspattern and are used for port­fo­lio pur­poses only. 

Alternative Colourways

Continuing to explore the breadth of this inspir­ing col­our palette, I opted for a col­our­way based on one of the dark­er greens. The art­work blends into the back­ground as out­lines only, whilst bring­ing in a white col­our in few areas for a bal­anced and smooth fin­ish.

To break it up a bit, recol­our­ing of some of the fish in lapis lazuli injects spots of fresh­ness and catches the eye. All the ele­ments are arranged spa­ciously to give an impres­sion of free-flow­ing move­ment

Darker Colour Scheme

Further exper­i­ment­a­tion offers a selec­tion of designs that focus on the dark­er end of the col­our palette, which you may browse through below. These include a slightly bolder col­our com­bin­a­tion, with the ele­ments out­lined in a shade of cobalt filled with white that pops out from the vibrant light teal of the mater­i­al. This palette is inspired by uplift­ing col­ours of the ocean chan­ging with the amount of light hit­ting its sur­face.

Additionally, oth­er recol­our­ing changes turn this pattern’s mood into more mys­ter­i­ous, as going deep­er into the waters would do. It’s now more evoc­at­ive of the vast sub­mar­ine, unex­plored worlds full of ship­wrecks, lost treas­ures and deep sea creatures of enorm­ous sizes cap­able of liv­ing in abi­ot­ic con­di­tions.

A sim­pli­fied, white out­line only ver­sion placed against a dark back­ground in an over­size arrange­ment allows one to appre­ci­ate the biod­iversity of cor­al reefs, and the details of the draw­ing. Additionally, this gives the design a more tex­tured look.

« The sea is everything. It cov­ers sev­en tenths of the ter­restri­al globe. Its breath is pure and healthy. It is an immense desert, where man is nev­er lonely, for he feels life stir­ring on all sides.«

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Jules Verne French nov­el­ist