I took the pussywillow design from yesterday and turned it into a repeat pattern. One part of the process to make it into a repeat pattern is to pull it into Illustrator and do an image trace. I’m usually quite satisfied with this process, however this time due to the painterly quality of the original, I felt like it lost a bit too much of the qualities that I liked. It went from a painterly feel to a definite vector image feel. I have to think how I can try to do this same thing in photoshop where I can retain the original quality. I might try this again tomorrow to see if I can figure it out.
Life is nearly back to normal after the holidays, and I’m jumping right back in with both feet! I thought I might play catch up over the next few days to get me back on track!
Today I repurposed my bees and cone flowers from the previous design, creating two new patterns. One is a structured bee pattern, which I’m not so crazy about. I think I may try this again tomorrow but with a single bee rather than both, because the overall effect is a little strange.
The second one I’m pretty excited about solely because I’ve learned how to do half drop repeat patterns! It was much easier than I imagined, and it’s something I’ve been wanting to learn how to do for a while now. Again, it’s not perfect, but it’s a new technique I will work hard to perfect.
I’m still on plants and decided to finally do it – a flower. I chose a cone flower, I find them wonderful – substantial and unconventional. I started by painting but realized I wanted to pull it back and just do a lovely line drawing. Here’s where I ended up.
Tomorrow, the plan is to draw some ore variations, then maybe some bees, and put them all together into a pattern repeat. Today, I just have the single image.
See it on Redbubble, where I put it on a reddish pink background – my favorite shade of pink.
Here we go – got those mushrooms finished up. My process was to start in watercolor on paper, then pull them into illustrator and digitize the heck out of them so that they transformed into something new altogether. Looking at it, you’d never realize that this started out as actual paint on paper! Here’s a detail: