Cosmos Flowers

Cosmos Flowers - student project

After years of working with other designers files at a large stationery company, I have recently been working towards creating my own designs. 

I thought I knew Illustrator pretty well, but I have discovered a whole new way of working thanks to this workshop. Due to time constraints, for this exercise I sketched from images in a magazine and picked an existing Design Seeds colour palette to prevent too much procrastination! My mood board is not very considered, I kind of winged it for speed, but as I progress, I hope to take a more structured approach with all of these preparation stages.

The most useful things I picked up from this workshop were how to use the blob tool and how to recolour designs - I had not explored those functions previously.

Initial sketches from magazine images.

Cosmos Flowers - image 1 - student project

Mood board, subject and colour inspiration starting point.Cosmos Flowers - image 2 - student project

Motifs taken from sketches using a combination of scanning and image trace as well as drawing with the blob tool.Cosmos Flowers - image 3 - student project

Pattern repeat 1 - 'scatter' version

Cosmos Flowers - image 4 - student project

Pattern repeat 2 - 'bouquet' version

Cosmos Flowers - image 5 - student project

And finally, a re-coloured version of the 'bouquet' pattern...

Cosmos Flowers - image 6 - student project