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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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.

 

 

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 30 / 365 Days of Design

SO APPARENTLY I NEVER HIT PUBLISH ON THIS! No, I didn’t miss a day. I just didn’t actually complete the publishing process. Bah!

 

Taking a page from the previous two days, I did another animal silhouette pattern. Today I wanted to celebrate the beautiful fall that is all around me. Everywhere I go I see crows (although in my pattern I did ravens), pine cones, acorns. leaves, fallen twigs. Oh, and spiders!

I love the muted, quiet colors in today’s design; they fit the mood perfectly.

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 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!