I am endlessly fascinated with the flexibility of Adobe Illustrator. For many years I saw it as something I could not and would never understand how to use, let alone use it well. I’m surprising myself almost every day with the things I come up with, just from following along with a tutorial or looking at and deconstructing another person’s work.
This diagram was inspired by Jennet Liaw on Dribbble. I wanted to visually interpret the things I find myself most invested in, but simple shapes and colours just didn’t cut it. So I started to play around with textured brushes and blends, as well as blending modes. I really loved the use of repeated patterns and overlays and wanted to keep that as well as the gritty look.
That heart shape is almost out of place in it’s rigidity.