How might I go about creating a wave pattern like the attached reference?
I was thinking a ‘move-copy’ approach. But was wondering if there was something simpler. I’m not too familiar with Illustrator so would love some guidance.
What I’m looking for is vertical 2px lines running in a row then the wave effect.
Create the stroke unit:
Put a stroke alined at each side of the blue rectangle:
Select them and go to menu Object > Blend > Make
Create the Wave Path:
Select the blend ant the Wave Path and go to menu Object > Blend > Replace Spine
Menu Object > Blend > Blend Options > Specified Steps
If it is necessary to modify the distance between the sticks, regulate the vector points handles:
To replicate the waves make new blends or duplicate the original and transform the Spine Path selecting it with the Direct Selection Tool + Alt to get the whole path. In the Gif image it is flipped vertically:
Once you have all the waves, the recommendation is to put each of them in a different layer and continue working independently.
To change the strokes length, create the Cut Path, or duplicate the Spine Path from the next lower blend:
Select the blend, menu Object > Blend > Expand
Select the blend group together with the Cut Path and choose the Shape Builder Tool:
Pressing Alt delete the excess part of each path and reverse the path direction from the Stroke Panel
Select the sticks, menu Object > Ungroup
and Distribute horizontaly