Design 69 / 365

It’s after midnight – I did what I set out to do. I drew some bees and another coneflower and fashioned it into a repeating pattern

I really did like how it looked extra large and not repeating, so on most of the Redbubble items I didn’t actually do a repeat.

I’m particularly fond of the muted blue-green that I did for the background.

See it on Redbubble!

Design 68 / 365

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.

Design 67 / 365

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:

Then I created my pattern repeat!

See it on Redbubble! Until tomorrow!

2018 Year in Review

What a year it’s been! With all the shenanigans happening in the political world it was nice to just spend my time and energy on creating fun illustrations and patterns.

Some achievements

  • I learned surface pattern design techniques – including how to create a seamless repeating pattern.
  • Two of my designs were handpicked among thousands to be included in WeaveUp’s partnership with Joann’s Fabrics.
  • Two of my designs were featured on the RedBubble homepage
  • I made more sales than ever before!

Sales

I sold print on demand products in 12 different countries and 29 different states in the USA! Most of my sales were Redbubble products, although I did sell a few Amazon Merch tees, TeePublic tees, and a handful of Society6 products.

Here are some of the products that sold:

Looking ahead to 2019

I have a lot of plans and goals for next year. My top goals are:

  • Continue my 365 Days of Design – I’m allowing myself to continue this challenge in non-consecutive days due to a business trip followed by a terrible cold that I’m still recovering from.
  • Launch a Digital Downloads Etsy shop where I sell various items available for digital download, including digital papers, planners, clipart, and more.
  • Create and publish more tutorials.
  • Create a pattern portfolio, develop a collection.
  • Work toward licensing a pattern collection.

… and more!

All in all it’s been a really exciting year for me. One thing I’ve learned is when I put the hard work in, things really do happen. I’m pumped to keep the momentum going.

— Davida

Business trip hiatus

I’m about to embark on a business trip to Australia tomorrow morning. Today has been madness getting prepped. 

I’ve made the executive decision that I will not be trying to produce a final product every single day — it’s just asking too much of myself. 

I will still draw, illustrate, and otherwise create. I will also still do 365 days of creations, but they won’t be in a row. 

See you in a little over a week!

Design 63 / 365 Days of Design

My new theme sprint is: plants! I started off with a repeating pattern of an orange tree. I’ll be able to quickly repurpose the pattern to do a lemon tree, and probably a pear tree.

I’m finding it quite simple to create these repeat patterns now, even when they are somewhat complex.

This particular orange tree pattern would likely suit best as a tablecloth. See it on Redbubble.