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BeYOUtiful FrangiToucani | Beautiful Double Exposure Frangipani Toucan

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Deep in a tropical jungle school

Is a Professor who acts like a fool

“Be-you-ti-ful!” he would call

To any new student who would come to sit in his hall

He teaches a class on compassion and kindness

“Beyoutiful are each of you and that is the only lesson for true happiness”

His students learn about self acceptance and authentic living

Gifts from the heart that’ll serve them well

Ones that they’ll also carry on giving

To others and for anyone else they could tell

Stories of their Professor Toucan with Frangipani flowers on his head

A legacy that we all should try to leave in our stead


A double exposure photograph of a toucan and frangipani flowers on a pale pink purple background with typography and the word “BeYOUtiful”.

© Dr Tanzelle Oberholster

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Duotone Effect & Free Mood Boards: Iceland Horses

For today’s graphic design experimentation we are following on the Original Icelandic Horses Mood Board created in the previous post and we going to look at Duotone Effects. I will provide a Mood Board for the duotone image at the end of the post. All images in this post are free to use for your design projects!

Iceland Horses, winter
Iceland Horses – Original Image

For a more in-depth look at mood boards, please see Free Mood Board: Dahlia Pink & Yellow Graphic Design Resources. Other Free Mood Boards include: Cacti Spirals, Mandala Dragonfly, Sunset Dreamcatcher, Flower Data Art, Horses, Big Cats and Vibrant Fish.


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Duotone Effect Process

Duotone effects create a two-tone colour gradient on top of the original image for a more modern graphic design look.

I do not have Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, instead I have opted to learn in GIMP for the time being and I am a bit familiar with the program already. As such I first had to find a step-by-step instruction for creating Duotone effects in GIMP. I used “A DuoTone process using GIMP by Daniel Berrangé” for the beginning of the creation processes and then I went off on my own tangent… 😉

Below is a quick summary of the process. P.S. there is an easier way to do this in GIMP, but I feel that this process gives a more “refined” look…

Step 1: Gradient Map & Grayscale

The first step in the processes is to create a grayscale map of the colours to guide GIMP in placing colours along the gradient from light to dark.

Iceland Horses Step 1 Gradient Map Grayscale
Grayscale Gradient Map

Step 2: Colour Layers and Fill

The second step is to create the different colour layers and to fill each. The shadow layer is a darker colour and the highlights a lighter one – note that complementary colours work best here (blue & yellow, purple & orange or green & red).

Iceland Horses Step 2 Fill Colors Purple Orange
Fill Colours – Purple and Orange

Step 3: Colour Blending

The third step is to blend the colours for a more seamless and gradient effect. However, the colours here are a bit warm here and it seems as though these are Desert Horses rather than Icelandic ones. I decided to opt for cooler colours; a darker purple and light blue perhaps?

Iceland Horses Step 3 Fill Colors Layer Mode Warm Orange Purple
Colour Blending – Purple and Orange

Much better, eh?

Iceland Horses Step 4 Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Purple Blue
Colour Blending – Purple and Blue

Step 4: Blending Modes

From here on I was just playing around with the way GIMP renders the blending between the layers, either ‘all-over/even’ such as the previous picture, or with a sharp change in the layers with distinct lines, circles or spirals!

Iceland Horses Step 5a Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Linear Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Linear (Line)
Step 5b Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Radial Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Radial (Circle)
Step 5c Fill Colors Layer Mode Cool Clockwise Spiral Blend Purple Blue
Blending Mode Spiral

I like the spiral blend as it adds to the wind blowing effect in the photo. This concludes our experimentation for now and I leave you with the colour palette of the Duotone Icelandic Horses!

Final Touches: Typography

I added a bit of typography to the final image using Canva just to tie up everything nicely! Viola! It’ll make a pretty desktop background, don’t you think?

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Icelandic Horses Duotone Online Version
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Duotone Mood Board

Mood boards are color palettes generated from images for design inspiration and coordinated themes.

Both Canva and Adobe have free online colour palette generators, which can extract colours from images. I prefer to use the Adobe tool to select the initial palette and then customise it from there.

My fifth mood board is created from the duotone photograph of charismatic Icelandic Horses captured by susnics available for free download from Pixabay.

Several mood board design resources are freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design projects! You can find the Pinterest Board Here!

References

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Phyllotaxis: Maths creates Beauty & Symmetry in Nature + Free Collages & Mood Boards

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Phyllotaxis inspired designs available on various apparel and products

Last year I started experimenting with mathematical formulas and data algorithms to generate art, specifically using code scripts created in R.

The first time I stumbled upon math art in R was when I saw the phyllotaxis patterns project on DataCamp created by the Mathematician A. Chinchón last year sometime. He maintains an extensive blog Fronkonstin where he regularly publishes new math art projects. He provides all the scripts he uses and encourages his readers to create their own art using these scripts.

I have started to mess around with several of these math art concepts and mashed-up many ideas from around the internet. I am not a mathematician, but I can use R and entertain myself with these scripts to create all sorts of interesting restults. Yes, I am that kind of nerd… LOL!

I have slowly progressed to writing R “art” code completely by myself as well! Those will be featured on the blog in future posts.

Phyllotaxis in Cacti

In botany, phyllotaxis or phyllotaxy is the arrangement of leaves on a plant stem (from Ancient Greek phýllon “leaf” and táxis “arrangement”). Phyllotactic spirals form a distinctive class of patterns in nature.

Some early scientists—notably, Leonardo da Vinci—made observations of the spiral arrangements of plants. In 1754, Charles Bonnet observed that the spiral phyllotaxis of plants were frequently expressed in both clockwise and counter-clockwise golden ratio series. Mathematical observations of phyllotaxis followed with Karl Friedrich Schimper and his friend Alexander Braun’s 1830 and 1830 work, respectively; Auguste Bravais and his brother Louis connected phyllotaxis ratios to the Fibonacci sequence in 1837.

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Phyllotaxis Collages

I originally created these collages from free photos on Pixabay to sell at my design eShop on Zazzle, but I have since closed my store there as I felt that they were ripping-off our designer community – so I left and started anew on Teepublic. These collages do not vibe with aRtVerse’s reincarnation and thus I made them available here as free design resources!

You can find the Pinterest Collage Board Here! Merry Christmas!

Phyllotaxis, Cacti, Green, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral
Phyllotaxis, Cacti, Purple, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral
Phyllotaxis, Cacti, White, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral

Phyllotaxis Mood Boards

I have also created a mood board for each of the cacti collages – several mood board design resources will be made freely available from Mind Frame Shift for your design inspiration!

You can find the Pinterest Mood Boards Here!

Phyllotaxis, Green, Cacti, Mood Board, Colour Palette, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral
Phyllotaxis, Purple, Cacti, Mood Board, Colour Palette, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral
Phyllotaxis, White, Cacti, Mood Board, Colour Palette, Geometry, Symmetry, Spiral

Phyllotaxis Inspired Data Art

Here is a close-up look at the spirals I created using R code and taking inspiration from the colleges! Each of these spirals have up to 1000 individual points!

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aRtVerse – An Universe where R, Art & Maths Collides

Finally the whole collection of phyllotactic spirals with single or multiple arms inspired by the different ways in which leaves can arrange on plant stems. These designs are available on various apparel and products from my aRtVerse Teepublic eShop! The spirals were generated with individual points using R code in the Inferno/Volcano (top right), Plasma/Sunset (bottom left) and Viridis/Peacock (bottom right) colour palettes.

You will also notice one of those multi-arm spirals in my aRtVerse and Mind Frame Shift logos as well!

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