I took the pussywillow design from yesterday and turned it into a repeat pattern. One part of the process to make it into a repeat pattern is to pull it into Illustrator and do an image trace. I’m usually quite satisfied with this process, however this time due to the painterly quality of the original, I felt like it lost a bit too much of the qualities that I liked. It went from a painterly feel to a definite vector image feel. I have to think how I can try to do this same thing in photoshop where I can retain the original quality. I might try this again tomorrow to see if I can figure it out.
It’s still quite pretty though, here it is on Redbubble!
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.
That’s it for me today. Get it on Redbubble!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
Color way #1
Color way #2
Color way #3
They look mighty fine on pillows!
Colorway #1 – Citrus
Colorway #2 – Red and teal
Colorway #3 – Gold and charcoal
That’s all from me! Until tomorrow.
Today instead of curvy, I did pointy, resulting in a chevron or zigzag design.
I just couldn’t land on a color scheme that looked great on the products. They looked so interesting in photoshop when I was zoomed into the detail, but dulled out a lot on the product shots. I suspect this is one of those designs that would look better in person.
I added a ton of grungy textures to each zigzag which I think creates a really interesting effect. The duo colors remind me of a screen printed piece.
I put two different versions on Redbubble, the pink version and the denim version.
Here’s a bunch of the different color variations I tried out:
And a detailed close up of the pink so you can get an idea of all the interesting textures going on:
And some product shots: