Mushroom Medley

Mushroom Medley - student project

Work in progress... Just started diving right in and started drawing mushrooms doodles directly into illustrator. I already knew I wanted to do a mushroom themed print based on some gouache illustrations I did recently. I am working on getting an iPad to help speed up my process and productivity- tricky with a 5 year old and 6 month old at home!! I am really excited to play around with this project, make a full collection and starting my path as a surface designer! Thank you Elizabeth for the great course- really dig your style (teaching and aesthetic!) Scroll down to see process and different colorpaths I am playing with :)

I decided (for now) to work with this more monochromatic blue/teal version to base a collection from, and added a few more elements and a flowing asian inspired background:

Mushroom Medley - image 1 - student project

Finessing the pattern, cool tones:

Mushroom Medley - image 2 - student project

Original color palette:

Mushroom Medley - image 3 - student project

Further reduced (how do you pick!? This will for sure be the hardest part!

Mushroom Medley - image 4 - student project

Repeat: (can anyone give me any suggestions to help unify more? I feel my eye catches the tile too much still....

Mushroom Medley - image 5 - student project

Trying to finish digitizing this guy (so many lines!) ...does he fit in tho? Not sure if he's too fancy for the fun playful vibe I have established w/ the hero pattern...also for some reason the lines look way thin in this jpg...not sure whats up with that...I am also learning the hard way that I should have started with a mood board (i know I know) as an artist I am familiar with the creative process but now that I am looking into options for secondary and blender prints I know I NEED to do this step next before I go any further!!

Mushroom Medley - image 6 - student project

I based the mushrooms on some of these gouache illustrations I had previously completed... These are scanned black paintings that I bumped the contrast just to use as tracing reference...would still like to do a pattern in pure black/white with these maybe?

Mushroom Medley - image 7 - student project