Design 45 / 365 Days of Design

Well, in the interest of getting to bed on time I decided to put my already illustrated badgers and raccoons together into a single pattern and play with a much softer color palette and a more open design.

I’m not sure it works, and it probably won’t be going onto my final portfolio – but it was an excellent exercise for me to try something a little bit new.

It might work as a kids pattern with it’s soft colors and cartoony badgers. Sometimes I have to look at these things a month later to decide. 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 40 / 365 Days of Design

Sooo, I’m not sure what happened today. I knew I wanted to make a pattern from the giraffes from yesterday. Doing a repeat with such tall, thin shapes really created some design challenges. I knew that I wanted to do some horizontal lines to offset the tall shapes. That turned into the idea of a 70s inspired sunset.

This was a day where I just had to commit because it’s getting late. I’m not convinced it works – but again, it’s almost 11 and I’m really ready for bed. So up it goes.

I also wanted to do a standalone piece for tees and other things that are not all over print. The standalone piece I actually rather like. It’s the repeat pattern that I can’t even tell if it’s any good. Anyway – here it is! I have two Redbubble links:

See the repeat pattern Redbubble products

See the standalone Redbubble products

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Day 36 / 365 Days of Design

I was a bit aimless tonight. I started with an elephant, then a hedgehog, then thought about doing a quail, and finally decided to do a sheep. It turned out pretty cartoony, but it’s pretty cute!

In other news, my pigeon pattern from Day 33 has been featured on Redbubble’s home page in the FOUND section! It’s gotten a ton of likes, and I’ve already made many sales today. It really made my day.

I did both a single illustration and a repeat pattern for the different items on Redbubble.

 

 

Day 34 / 365 Days of Design

Today I took my same pigeons, but did them in a completely different style – my favorite faux linocut or screen print style that I used on my Herstory Portraits. Then I filled in the gaps with little abstract shapes that evoke the possibility of crumbs, or maybe small plants.  It’s a relaxing pattern in gentle colors that I think looks best close up where you can see the textural details.

On Redbubble here!

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 31 / 365 Days of Design

Happy Halloween!

I’m full of candy. My son was a unicorn, and we got lots of trick or treating done in our new neighborhood. Good times! As you can imagine, I started really late today. I wanted to do something Halloween related, but also keep with my animals in print theme. So, a black cat  seemed like the natural, if cliché, answer.

That’s the idea I started with. This is what I ended up with. Find it on Redbubble here!

Until tomorrow!

Day 28 / 365 Days of Design

Today’s design just makes me happy, and informs my next Theme Sprint: Animals in Print, not to be confused with animal print (such as zebra stripes).

I wanted to capture a handmade, stamped feel with this, as if it was created by someone stamping the pattern out for real – things don’t quite line up giving it a fun, organic feel. Plus it just makes me smile. Get it on Redbubble!

Day 27 / 365 Days of Designs

I’m back to doing patterns. I haven’t landed on what I want my next Theme Sprint to be. Kids patterns, hand drawn patterns, minimalist patterns, botanical, stencil style, interlocking elements (this idea intrigues me), watercolor style, patterns with animals.

Today’s is a placeholder, but I do love it it’s simplicity and bold color story. Redbubble time. Until 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!