Alhambra style tessellation – Symétruc de l’Alhambra

Pictured here, my recent attempt at drawing Islamic Geometric Patterns, from a great book by Eric Broug. I will post more as I become better at this.

Eric Broug

Eric Broug

The book is helping me solidify my knowledge of geometry and expand it as well. It is definitely not easy to wrap my head around these concepts – complex construction lines that are merely there to guide the outlines of the tessellations. But the Alhambra drawing below is an exception, it can be pared down to the utmost simple. It’s one curve. Just one, repeated 6 fold times around a rotation point, within a hexagon.

Alhambra

Based on symmetry group p6, found in the Alhambra.

Of course, I could not leave it alone, I had to add some of myself to it. Came up with my West Coast Forest colours of greens and rusts of old growth cedar and fir trees. My idea of camouflage cloth, a bit girly, but way better than pink camo at Cabela’s! Still quite visible in the pattern is the Alhambra curve. A beauty.

Camo with style tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2015 — Symétruc de camouflage avec style!

Camo with style tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2015 — Symétruc de camouflage avec style!

Seen from far away between the trees…

Camo with style tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2015 — Symétruc de camouflage avec style!

Camo with style tessellation by Francine Champagne, ©2015 — Symétruc de camouflage avec style!

 

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