365 days of print and pattern

Day 3 of 365 days of print and pattern

Today’s print was a struggle. I was having trouble finding inspiration. I just purchased some cool new brushes for Procreate and was doodling with them. I loved the grungy texture that I could get from some of them, but nothing was coming of my doodling.

I decided to do a simple spiral. Like I said before, sometimes you just have to commit yourself to the thing you are already doing when it’s getting near bedtime and you are getting tired and you’ve made this crazy challenge for yourself and you are going to stick to it, dammit.

So, I did a hand drawn spiral in with some lovely grungy textures. Pulled that into illustrator to trace into vector with minimal success, made it larger, pulled it into photoshop, and then sat there hating it. I hated the colors I had used, the spiral was boring, I’m no good at anything that I do. But I poked at it and played at it and at one point duplicated a layer and rotated it and suddenly things got a bit more interesting.

I first did it pink and uploaded that to Redbubble, but it was a bit too pepto-bismol and reminded me of intestines. So I pulled it back into Photoshop and went with a cool electric blue. No more spiraling intestines.

I’m still not in love with it, but it is very graphic and looks kind of cool on all the products. Here’s the evolution of the design:

That’s all I’ve got today! It’s almost 11pm. I’m exhausted. See ya tomorrow!


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