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

Day 24 / 365 Days of Design

Day 24 / 365 Days of Design

Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker was a true badass. Just researching for this portrait made me want to learn so much more about her.

She was the first female surgeon in the U.S. Army, she continually crossed the Confederate lines to treat civilians. After being taken prisoner in 1864 and imprisoned in Richmond, she was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor, the first woman to receive this award. In 1917, her medal, along with 910 others, was taken away when Congress revised the standards to include only “actual combat with the enemy.” She refused to return the medal, wore it until her death, and she was finally awarded it posthumously.

Source: http://womenofthehall.org

That’s it for me today. Get it on Redbubble!

Day 23 / 365 Days of Design

And to top it off, WordPress ate my post. Now you get an even shorter one.

Today I give you Ida B. Wells.  Ida B. Wells was an African-American investigative journalist, educator, and an early leader in the Civil Rights Movement. She was one of the founders of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

It’s late. I’m exhausted. See ya tomorrow.

Day 19 of 365 Days of Design

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!

Until tomorrow!

 

Day 16 of 365 Days of Design

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!

 

Design 15/365

You. Guys.

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.

*Big pout*

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.

They look mighty fine on pillows!

Redbubble links:

Colorway #1 – Citrus

Colorway #2 – Red and teal

Colorway #3 – Gold and charcoal

That’s all from me! Until tomorrow.

 

Day 12 of 365 Days of Design

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:

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Then I pushed it to something really dramatic in Photoshop:

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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.

 

Day 9 / 365 days of pattern and print.

My geometric theme sprint continues. Today I set out to do something completely different from the design you see below. I love the final result though, especially those rich, subdued colors.

And better yet! I learned a new technique in Illustrator to make this happen! Almost everything about this design is the result of accidents, experiments, trial and error and a lot of me saying “What happens if I do this?”

My process started out in Illustrator where I created the shapes, overall design and the color scheme. In photoshop I mellowed down the colors a lot, added some noise to mellow it even more, and did some color correction to get it more balanced.

That’s it for me today! Guess what, it’s not even 9pm yet! A record!

Oh, and here’s the Redbubble link to all the products!

Until tomorrow!

Day 7 of 365 days of Print and Pattern

Last week was a free for all and I ended up with 7 very different patterns. To give myself a focus, I’ve decided to do Theme Sprints.

This first sprint will be Geometric Design, one of my very favorite things to do. It appeals to the mathematical side of my brain and it provides an endless source of inspiration, color palettes, and more.

I’m thrilled with today’s geometric pattern, it’s simplicity appeals to, and it allowed me to spend some time making different color stories. I put my favorite up on Redbubble, but eventually all these versions will make it up there.

 

For Redbubble, I created two versions – a print, non-repeating version, and a repeating version for larger items. Here’s one of the variations on a large throw pillow.

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This pillow, along with 55 other items with this design, are available on Redbubble!

Until tomorrow!

Day 5 of 365 days of print and pattern

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.