Geometric design theme continues. Today I went for the classic chevron shape. I had some real difficulties getting this one into a repeat. Gorgeous overlapping shapes resulted in a woven textile feel. It actually reminds me a lot of a scarf that I knit many years ago.
Other than that, inspiration was elusive today. I’m happy that I made a passable pattern, but in all honesty its creation was not coming from a place of excitement or passion, but just a let’s get this done attitude. To be expected when creating a design each and every day!
Redbubble! Until tomorrow!
Today was all about color. I ran into this three color palette a while back and was struck at how unusual it was, and how the mustard made the light minty green pop.
I worked at a more organic geometric design like yesterday’s, but landed on this much more structured design, a style I tend to shy away from but it works here, especially since the color palette is the real focus of the piece. I did play extensively with some organic forms but ultimately they just didn’t work out.
Redbubble things here! That’s it for me today. See ya tomorrow!
I really like today’s design. BUT! I did it in a bunch of other color ways, and some of them were truly awesome. They really brought out the best in the design, and gave off less of a citrusy vibe than the original (not that there’s anything wrong with citrus). I had at least five versions that I truly loved. Five!
And then Illustrator froze.
And then all my work lost. I even lost my original pattern. Luckily I had an exported png, so I pulled it back into illustrator, used Trace Element to re-vectorize it, and was able to create a few color ways, but not all of them.
Anyway, today’s geometric design is a pattern of organic polka dots with some detailed designs added in for fun.
Here are the three colorways. My personal favorite is #2 in the red and teals. My husband’s favorite is the citrus. I love the playfulness of this design, it really feels like me.
Color way #1
Color way #2
Color way #3
They look mighty fine on pillows!
Colorway #1 – Citrus
Colorway #2 – Red and teal
Colorway #3 – Gold and charcoal
That’s all from me! Until tomorrow.
Today instead of curvy, I did pointy, resulting in a chevron or zigzag design.
I just couldn’t land on a color scheme that looked great on the products. They looked so interesting in photoshop when I was zoomed into the detail, but dulled out a lot on the product shots. I suspect this is one of those designs that would look better in person.
I added a ton of grungy textures to each zigzag which I think creates a really interesting effect. The duo colors remind me of a screen printed piece.
I put two different versions on Redbubble, the pink version and the denim version.
Here’s a bunch of the different color variations I tried out:
And a detailed close up of the pink so you can get an idea of all the interesting textures going on:
And some product shots:
Welp, today was a struggle. I didn’t get started until after I put my littlest to bed. I didn’t have any clear idea or plan. I knew I was in trouble before I sat down.
Geometric theme sprint continues – I will continue it for a while longer.
I tried at least 8 different things. Finally I decided on a grid, blended chromatic design, similar to Day 8.
I brought it into Photoshop, pushed it to its limit, then pulled it back again. I can’t decide which one I like more, but I decided to go for the cleaner, more subdued version.
Here’s where I started:
Then I pushed it to something really dramatic in Photoshop:
Then I pulled it back again to the original. I like them both a lot. I might put them both up at some point.
Here’s the final on Redbubble:
It’s nearly midnight! Tomorrow, geometric, black and white 60s mod design is my plan. We’ll see what happens!
See ya tomorrow.
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.
Today’s creation process was like meditation. It was an Illustrator-driven zentangle. I took my favorite swatches of halftone patterns and created a rocky step pattern – descending planes of light and dark, all done in polka dotted half-tones. Have I mentioned my obsession with polka dots? I’d own that and do nothing but polka dots, but someone more famous than me has already done that.
Anyway, I’m not too concerned about how this one came out because I enjoyed the process so much that I’m feeling quite satisfied. Much better than yesterday, which was a fight the entire time.
Here’s Day 4’s, the full picture image is a screenshot and a bit funky due to the resolution. I’ve included a detail of the halftone patterns and of course a product shot from Redbubble.
See ya tomorrow!