Design 56 / 365 Days of Design

OK, time for a break from animals. If you can believe it, I’ve actually been creating other patterns and designs all week on top of my regular daily design! That’s because I’ve been jonesing to do rainbow-based designs for a while, and I guess I just couldn’t wait! 

So today starts a new theme sprint. I will almost assuredly go back to animals at some point, but since I found myself doing chromatic creations each day this week, I felt it was time to actually dedicate myself to them until it was time to move on.

Today I start with the most basic of basic patterns – stripes! Done in the gorgeous rainbow color scheme that I finessed all week. Despite rainbow stripes being as basic as you can get, I still love the zippered back and I know it’s something that I personally would buy if I saw it at a store.

So, new theme: Chromatic Creations. Until it’s time to move on. Yay!

See it on Redbubble

Design 47 / 365 Days of Design

I’m covered in beeeees! As promised, I created a bee pattern from yesterday’s bees. I added a subtle honeycomb texture in there, and also created a new standalone graphic that also features the honeycomb.

Let’s get straight to it. See it on Redbubble!

Now I have to go watch some Eddie Izzard

Day 20 of 365 Days of Design

Today is the last day of my Geometric design sprint. Today I wanted to do a herringbone or chevron pattern. Next I think I may do designs for kid’s patterns. We’ll see! Who knows what I’ll set out to do and what will come out the other end – it surprises me nearly every day. Here’s the Redbubble link.

 

Until 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 18 of 365 Days of Design

This one was my husband’s idea. He said “You should do stripes that go from fat to thin one way, and then fat to thin the other way, and they should be gradients each way.”

So I gave that a go! The first design was straight stripes, but I just can’t. So I did some duplicating and off-setting, and played with the layer blending modes until I liked it.

It’s bright and rainbowy and feels very cheerful. Plus stripes are the easiest things in the world next to polka dots to make into a repeat pattern.

Here is is on Redbubble!

Until tomorrow!

Day 17 of 365 Days of Design

Geometric design theme continues. Today I went for the classic chevron shape. I had some real difficulties getting this one into a repeat. Gorgeous overlapping shapes resulted in a woven textile feel. It actually reminds me a lot of a scarf that I knit many years ago.

Other than that, inspiration was elusive today. I’m happy that I made a passable pattern, but in all honesty its creation was not coming from a place of excitement or passion, but just a let’s get this done attitude. To be expected when creating a design each and every day!

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!

 

Day 10 / 365 Days of Design

Yes, I’m changing the name of my challenge. Practically no one’s watching (and if you are, Hi!). I think it’s catchier, and it can encompass all the different things I’m doing. And I don’t have to remember if it’s Print and Pattern or Pattern and Print.

Today I put my new found Illustrator skill to use to create something I’ve always wanted to do; It’s not really an optical illusion, but it’s optically interesting. I played a lot with color, but ultimately, I found it to be most striking in black and white.

Here it is on Redbubble!

I found this to be a compelling pattern so I threw it onto a few other products as well. Here it is on a Flare dress on my Art of Where store where I oriented it lengthwise:

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And on a beanie, which I may just have to order for myself:

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That’s it for me! Until tomorrow!

Day 4 of 365 days of print and pattern

Today’s creation process was like meditation. It was an Illustrator-driven zentangle. I took my favorite swatches of halftone patterns and created a rocky step pattern – descending planes of light and dark, all done in polka dotted half-tones. Have I mentioned my obsession with polka dots? I’d own that and do nothing but polka dots, but someone more famous than me has already done that.

Anyway, I’m not too concerned about how this one came out because I enjoyed the process so much that I’m feeling quite satisfied. Much better than yesterday, which was a fight the entire time.

Here’s Day 4’s, the full picture image is a screenshot and a bit funky due to the resolution. I’ve included a detail of the halftone patterns and of course a product shot from Redbubble.

See ya tomorrow!

Day 2 of 365 days of print and pattern

Today I know I wanted to do something extremely minimalist and in black and white. I started with a line, some circles, and realized it looked like a geometric plant. I ran with that thought and created this geometric garden that reminds me a bit of a circuit board. Circuit board garden?

Anyway, I do love me a geometric minimalist pattern. I have 365 days to explore this side of me!

Here’s the pattern I created and how it looks on a shirt. I’d absolutely wear that shirt.

 

See it on my Redbubble site and see ya tomorrow!