Do a layered feather pattern, I said. It’ll be simple, fun, and quick, I told myself. I was wrong. The Adobe Illustrator file got so big and unwieldy that every action took ages,
My process in a nutshell: draw some simple feather shapes in Procreate on the Ipad. Migrate those into Illustrator and vectorize. Add color, texture, shadows. Create the repeating pattern on a 9.5″ x 10″ square. Export into photoshop to make final PNG for upload.
The pattern itself is fairly simple – I created three blue tipped feathers and arranged them in an overlapping pattern to create the appearance of a feathered being. Fun for a pillow or a dress!
Self grade: C+
The good: I like the speckles and gentle colors. The bad: The contrast isn’t quite enough and I think the fact that they are feathers could be a bit ambiguous. The style isn’t much to my liking.
Tomorrow is Saturday, and I’m hoping to do something a bit more ambitious. A friend told me she’d love to see me do more badass ladies from history portraits. I’m intrigued.