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!
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:
Absolutely my personal favorite product available of my work so far. It’s one of the many versions of my Fox in the Snow illustration on a large tapestry from Society 6.
It’s been on my personal wish list for ages, someday I hope to put it over my own bed.
Short and sweet! That’s it until my Design of the Day, still to be created.
When I woke up this morning, I knew exactly what I wanted to do.
The result is not exactly what I had in my head, but it does have the element of graduated circles. I like the way it creates a light and shadow effect. Available on over 53 products on Redbubble!
I know what I want to do next for a theme sprint, but I’m going to stick with Geometric for a while longer. There’s an entire world of design to be explored there.
That’s all for me today. Until tomorrow!
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.
Today I wanted to celebrate tolerance, diversity, and pride. As a mother of two wonderful LGBTQA people, I was planning on making at least a few rainbow designs for them. Also, I love rainbows.
Other than that, the geometric theme continues, again, using my new-found skill in making wavy lines in Illustrator.
These colors truly make me happy.
That’s it for me. See ya tomorrow!
Oh yeah: Redbubble link!