Friday, September 19, 2014

My First Pattern


Original Design
Pattern in Photoshop

The image on the top is the original artwork done in acrylics. The second image is the pattern created in Photoshop. Before making a pattern the color needs to be reduced which can be complicated. For example there are many, many colors in the original painting. There are brush strokes in which the color may be a bit lighter or darker than the surrounding colors. Essentially, you have to try and get the image to go from millions of colors to 12 or 15. I think I ended up with 20 for this one. By reducing the color you make it easier to change the colors later on.

This is a simple square repeat pattern. The book I am using to learn these techniques is called "Adobe Photoshop for Textile Design" and was written by the same designer who teaches the class I am enrolled in at Craft.edu, Frederick Chipkin. As I said in my last post, he is a great teacher and his book is really wonderful and easy to navigate. I bought the book because his classes don't address all the various permutations involved in pattern design. The book is much more thorough.

My next project to do will be to vary the colorway.

Then on to half drop repeats. I needed a good challenge and this seems to be a good one for me right now! Today was a good day in the studio, one which I sorely needed.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Pattern Design

Pods

I have been so far behind with things since school began, I don't know where to begin. My schedule really changes so much in the fall it is very hard for me to adjust. As a result, I haven't had much time in the studio, sad to say. But one thing I am doing is learning how to make patterns out of my art work. In all my years as a graphic designer, I never really gave much thought to textile design. I was a book designer and that is what I loved. But I did become quite proficient in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator. At least I thought I was until I began this fabulous online course with Frederick Chipkin at Craft.Edu. His classes are very reasonably priced and a wonderful introduction into color reduction (I had never heard of that before) as well as square repeats and half drop repeats. I know that there is a lot more to it but it is a start and for me a good beginning to see if my artwork fits into the textile or wallpaper marketplace. Even if it does not, I always enjoy challenging myself and this class is a real challenge but in a good way.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Color Wheel Stencils





I have always loved making color wheels. I don't know why. I just love seeing the way various colors react with one another. But I really don't like having to draw the templates for them. So imagine my joy at discovering Pam Carrikers line of color wheel stencils! Just what the doctor ordered. I can now make color wheels until eternity and just stick to the fun part. Mixing colors!
You can find the stencils here at Stencil Girl.