Design 53 / 365 Days of Design

Today I saw a photo of a cute little baby sea turtle in a lovely blue green ocean. So I decided to do that! I will admit that I’m a little irritated with myself  because I really wanted to do a pattern tonight and I’m ultimately feeling disappointed in this. Ohhh welllllll! I did have a wonderful Thanksgiving, though! 

Design 42 / 365 Days of Design

I took my raccoon illustrations from yesterday and put them into a repeat pattern as planned. I tried out a lot of color stories but ended up liking the dark one best — mostly because I picture raccoons hanging out at night.

My thoughts on this one are that it needs work. Haha. I think there’s potential there and I think I may revisit it in the future to refine it. See it on Redbubble!

Design 41 / 365 Days of Design

Another request – raccoons! Today I focused on drawing three different raccoons that I will fashion into a proper repeating pattern tomorrow. Today I arranged them in a cute little raccoon tableau. It works best as a sticker, I think. See them on Redbubble!

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Design 38 / 365 Days of Design

I watched a little bit of Blue Planet with my son tonight and was inspired by the massive schools of sardines and their quick, synchronized movements. And then they all got chompy-chomped by tuna, and then dolphins, and then sea birds, and finally sharks. I mean really, they had no chance whatsoever.

I ran into some real technical difficulties today that really pushed the limits of Illustrator as well as my patience. I finally pulled everything into Photoshop to finish it off and get the colors closer to where I wanted them. I never really got it where I wanted it, but I do like the final product nonetheless.

Because repeat patterns don’t work well on tees that are not all over print, I also did a standalone graphic for those products as well.

You can see them all on Redbubble here!

Day 35 / 365 Days of Design

Today I wanted to do another squirrel, and I wanted to do another one similar to my jumping hares. Jumping squirrels! I played a lot with some new color schemes for this one. See it on Redbubble and see ya tomorrow!

 

Day 33 / 365 Days of Design

I finished my pigeon pattern! Drew 4 more pigeons for a total of 5 and created a repeating pattern, plus a non-repeating pattern for standard tee shirts.

This was a fun one. Enjoy! Here it is on Redbubble.

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Until tomorrow!

Day 32 / 365 Days of Design

Into my second month. I am patting myself on the back!

Today, I wanted to spend a little more time on a single element that will be worked into a full pattern. My idea is to have a flock of NYC pigeons walking around as the pattern – an organic, scattered pattern rather than a well defined grid.

Here’s my first pass at the style, although I’m not completely convinced that it’s what I’ll end up with. I’m gonna sleep on it. Just one pigeon today. Once I’m really happy with the style I’ll finish up 6 or 7 more pigeons to create the pattern from.

I did put this up on Redbubble, too! See ya tomorrow!

Day 26 / 365 Days of Design

Herstory Portrait: Wangari Maathai (1940 – 2011) was a Kenyan environmental activist. She founded the Green Belt Movement in the 1970s seeking to promote environmental conservation in Kenya and Africa. She became the first African woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 2004 for “her contribution to sustainable development, democracy and peace.”

Source: https://www.biographyonline.net/women/wangari-maathai.html

Get it on Redbubble.

I will keep making these, my husband had a great idea to make them into a deck of cards. That means 52! I shall do one a week. But, it’s back to surface design for me – I miss it and it’s what I want to focus on for this challenge. 🙂

Until tomorrow!

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 22 / 365 Days of Design

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.

 

Redbubble here.