I'm trying to recreate a motif based on some reference photos, like:
And this is what I have so far:
I'm going for a more precise and "sharp" look than the reference photo, where the motif appears hand-painted, with some edges more rounded than others.
What are some tips I can use for making these "leaves" line up better and look more uniform?
My current approach, as evidenced by the right side of the example, was as follows:
- Create the green guide lines for the inner and outer boundaries
- Using Path Divide (CADtools plugin), add 6 equal cuts to the inner guide line, and 5 cuts to the outer
- "freehand" the top and bottom leaves
- Starting from the bottom, duplicate the shape and give it a thick outside-aligned stroke, roughly overlapping the next marks on the guide lines.
- Expand Appearance, and use the top curve of the expanded stroke as the base of the next leaf. (i.e. the red curve determines the shape of the blue curve above it)
- Simplify the curve until it has only two anchors (~90%) and snap the ends of the curve to the marks on the appropriate guide lines.
- Freehand the red curve
- Repeat for each leaf. (I copied the last red curve each time and rotated, stretched, and tweaked it to fit)
Obviously, there was plenty of guesswork and it really didn't turn out perfect. The leaves don't appear to "fan out" properly because the angles, curves, thicknesses, and spaces aren't all measured and uniform.
Could anyone please provide some ideas on how to make better use of my friends Math and Geometry?
(I'm using Illustrator CC 2019. Project file available if needed)