Current theme sprint: Herstory Portraits.
Today I give you Emmy Noether! Emmy Noether was a German mathematician who made important contributions to abstract algebra and theoretical physics by proving a revolutionary mathematical theorem that changed the way physicists study the universe. NBD.
I just love how she came out. In almost all the pictures of her, especially later in life, she has a big happy smile on her face. She looks like she loved life and had a big laugh.
Per special request, my next theme sprint will be Herstory Portraits. I believe her words were, “I need a set of herstory portrait pillows.” A while back I was commissioned a poster of badass ladies for a nursery for a brand new little girl. I really enjoyed doing it, but wanted to do another set of them that felt more consistent in my creation process. Several of the portraits I’m going to do will be the same badass ladies in this new style.
I started today with the wonderful Shirley Chisholm. In 1968, she became the first black woman elected to the United States Congress, and she represented New York’s 12th Congressional District for seven terms from 1969 to 1983.
The style I’m going for is a screenprint style, extremely minimal color palettes, with halftone shadowing, and a strong block color for the background.
Ideally, I’d love to do these with no label, but I do think a few of them will not be immediately recognized, especially since I want to include some forgotten superheroes of science in my portraits. Since I want them to operate as a set, I will put labels on them all.
Here she is on Redbubble!
Today is the last day of my Geometric design sprint. Today I wanted to do a herringbone or chevron pattern. Next I think I may do designs for kid’s patterns. We’ll see! Who knows what I’ll set out to do and what will come out the other end – it surprises me nearly every day. Here’s the Redbubble link.
Today has been the most challenging of all. We had a system incident that started late in the afternoon and continued well into the evening. Then I finally dragged myself away at a time that I could leave it with someone else to babysit to make dinner, spend time with my youngest, read him books and put him to bed.
So, as it’s 10pm now, I’m checking in with work again to ensure that all is well. I really threw this pattern together – it is slapdash, unrefined, and I threw a well used color palette on it (granted, a color palette that I love). But I do like that it’s has a fun and energetic feel.
Anyway, here it is – thrown together and thrown onto Redbubble!
This one was my husband’s idea. He said “You should do stripes that go from fat to thin one way, and then fat to thin the other way, and they should be gradients each way.”
So I gave that a go! The first design was straight stripes, but I just can’t. So I did some duplicating and off-setting, and played with the layer blending modes until I liked it.
It’s bright and rainbowy and feels very cheerful. Plus stripes are the easiest things in the world next to polka dots to make into a repeat pattern.
Here is is on Redbubble!
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!