Surface design: Coral Skies

I love surfing culture and I wanted to make a series of surface designs principally for boards, but also forĀ  associated apparel. I was inspired by the hallucinogenic patterns of tropical fish and wanted to fuse them with more abstract forms.

SurfBoard beauty shot 1 copy

SurfBoard close shot 2 copy

SurfBoard close shot 1 copy

surfboard tshirt ripit

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It was tempting to create these patterns in Photoshop to mimic the subtle transitions and patterns found on fish, but ultimately I opted for vectors as they can be scaled to fit the large area the board presents. On this enlargement you can see the wave-pattern overlays which was a vector-friendly solution. All the textured edges were procedurally generated with brushes so new regions can be made quite easily.

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