Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Pattern #215

I found this lovely flower on my walk back from swimming yesterday. I loved the way it was decaying and had lost one leaf. It made it more interesting to draw. When I lived in Florida nothing gave me more pleasure than drawing dead and dying banana leaves. They really get interesting when they are past their prime.

So I made this pattern from the drawing. I am still working on the colors. When you make patterns in Illustrator it is easy to change the colors. In photoshop it is not that easy.

This weekend I worked on getting my logo/header to match all my other web sites. Every one of them had a different look. Not good. So now I think they have a more cohesive look.

I just love making patterns so much. There seems to be no end in sight and I am grateful for that!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sakura Souffle Pens

I got my pack of Souffle pens the other day from Jet pens. These pens have the same lovely matte finish as the Moonlight pens do, however, the colors are pastel. They are very lovely and go on smoothly the same way as the rest of the Gelly Pens do. I love the way they resemble gouache but with the pointy pen tip I can really get a tight drawing.

For the one below I put it into Photoshop and using the offset filter, created this lovely pattern. It is not perfect yet. The offset filter is a bit trickier than making a repeat in Illustrator.

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Moonlight Pens

I am really enjoying these pens from Sakura called "Moonlight" pens. I just wish they came in more colors since I am not a fan of the neon colors that come in the set. I wish they had another set available with non-neon colors. The colors are so rich and have a lovely matte finish. I took the above design and rather than make it into an illustrator pattern as I usually do, I created the pattern in Photoshop. Making patterns in Photoshop is a little tricky with the offset filter but I like the idea of not losing any quality in the original artwork.

Enjoy your week!

Monday, June 8, 2015

More Patterns

This is the original drawing from my sketchbook. I thought it looked very much like falling seed pods. That seems to be an ongoing theme in my artwork. A few years ago I sold a collage that I titled "Falling Seedpods."

I seem to really enjoy making what is called a "tossed" repeat pattern. A tossed repeat is a pattern that can be used in any direction. Seams don't need to match up when sewing with it and I think that is a good thing. When I used to sew I never enjoyed matching seams up!

So here is the pattern I created from this drawing in 3 different colorways.

Monday, June 1, 2015

#200th Pattern Design

I have been making patterns Since September of 2014 and this is my 200th pattern! I thought it was worth noting this milestone! Of course not all 200 have been noteworthy but it is interesting to see how far I have come with these and how they develop over time.

Here it is in a second colorway:

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Behance and Skillshare

This pattern from this sketch:
A couple of months ago I bit the bullet and joined Skillshare. Skillshare is an online community of teachers and classes in the creative field. It is quite inexpensive if you join for an entire year rather than monthly. I really like their classes. Not all their teachers are fabulous though. In fact some are unwatchable. But then they have artists like Bonnie Christine! She alone is worth the membership price! Plus you can go back and view your classes as much as you like. I really like that about it.

I recently signed up for a rather quick class on using Behance for uploading your portfolio online. I had heard of it before but I had no idea what it was exactly. Now I know and I decided to give it a try. If you want to see some of my pattern and illustration work all in one place, here is where it lives on Behance. I decided to just number my patterns as I don't seem to do collections. Not sure why. Maybe some day I will have the patience for that.

Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Some New Work

 Lately a new shape keeps popping up in my sketchbook. This:
So, from that shape I made this new pattern in a few colorways.

That's it for now. I am busy cleaning out cupboards and closets, as well as donating goods we no longer need or use. A good friend of mine is going to house sit for us this winter and take care of our cat. I am so relieved that I don't have to take the cat to Tucson. She is much too old to be flying on planes and moving. It will be good to have someone living in our place while we are gone as well. Even in an apartment bad things can happen. Especially leaks from other units!

Have a lovely week!