Tabitha Kerbabian

Letterer & Graphic Designer

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Concentric

INSPIRATIONS FROM NATURE
I'm very lucky to live on a street with lots of trees and a very short walking distance to a beautiful park. 

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I took a walk down to the park and took a bunch of photos. I was mainly looking for shape and colour inspiration there, but what I found when I reviewed my photos was that I was most intrigued by the one of a sliced branch. 

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I decided to use this photo as the inspiration for a pattern collection called Bark & Branches. I seriously can't resist alliterations!

MOODBOARD
I made a secret Pinterest board to collect wood-themed inspiration images. My moodboard includes three of my own photos (top right).

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NOTES & SKETCHES
I really loved Bonnie's discussion on Gathering Inspiration for a Collection and took a bunch of notes on it. It got me thinking big picture, keeping in mind a full collection while I work on just one pattern for this class.

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Here, I brainstormed a list of 20 words and a story to support a future pattern collection based on wood. I also dreamt up some pattern titles as well as ideas for other nature-inspired collections down the road. Then, I began some rough sketches of the elements I wanted to use in my wood-themed patterns.

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I continued to explore and practice, and then moved on to create some refined sketches.

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I have a Canon LiDE 220 scanner, which I used to get my refined sketches into the computer at 600dpi. I always scan in my original pencil sketches as soon as possible in case they get ruined in some way (spilled coffee, inking mistake, etc).

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I used Sakura Micron pens to ink my sketches on regualr 8.5"x11" printer paper (tracing over my original drawings with my LightPad so I can keep the original pencil sketches), then scanned them in at 600dpi.

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Next, I used a Micron Brush pen to illustrate the title for my pattern collection (Bark & Branches) as well as the title for the pattern I'm making for this class (Concentric). The brush pen I have is a little damaged on the top from previously pushing too hard and it's also running out of ink, so it made for some great texture!

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COLOUR PALETTE
I made some colour palettes from photos I took previously (dug up from iPhoto and Instagram). The two farthest on the right were edited on Instagram, but the others don't have any filters. I'm leaning towards the top left and top right palettes, as they're the two I'm most inspired by and already came up with names for. I could have two different colourways for the Bark & Branches pattern series - Lumberjack (top left) and Nymph (top right).

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My process in this class was abruptly interrupted by my MacBook battery and power adapter dying! I had to order new ones and am finally back in business, though I missed the challenge deadline for this class. I'm catching up now in hopes of staying on track with the rest of the pattern challenge!


MOTIFS

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I created motifs using the Nymph palette I established from one of my photographs (see above). I made seven separate motifs with either three, four, five or six wood slices. My original illustration of these wood slices was already mindful of composition in terms of the way the slices fit together as well as of varying sizes for visual interest.

FINAL PATTERN

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Here's the final pattern! I pulled out some elements of the wood slices to use as fillers for theg gaps in the pattern. I've included the title I brush lettered for this pattern, as well as my logo.

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I made four colour variations, one light and one dark for both the Nymph palette and the Lumberjack palette.

I had so much fun with this class and I'm excited to move on to the rest of Bonnie's classes! 

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