Design 52 / 365 Days of Design

Disco wombat. What else needs to be said?

See it on Redbubble

Design 46 / 365 Days of Design

I’ve gotten to the point where I have to look up what number I’m on! I’m so proud that I’ve made it this far – but I know I’ve got a long way to go.

Today I did bees! I love bees – they are so graphic and of course so essential to the wellbeing of our planet and all its inhabitants. 

I am sticking with my ‘stamped’ style of illustration for these. It’s not my only illustration style, but I did want to try to have a consistency as much as possible for this set of animal illustrations and patterns.

Speaking of patterns, today is the standalone illustration. Tomorrow will come the pattern. See it on Redbubble!

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 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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Design 39 / 365 Days of Design

My friend requested a giraffe print. I decided to do the giraffes today and try to work them into a pattern tomorrow. They didn’t exactly come out as I was expecting, to be honest. I will see what I can do with them tomorrow.

It is fascinating how you can start out to do something very specific and what comes out the other side is nowhere near where you were intending to go! You can see all the iterations on Redbubble!

 

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 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.