Design 3 Focal Prints in 3 Weeks

Design 3 Focal Prints in 3 Weeks - student project

Hi! I'm Deborah and I'm a graphic designer / illustrator working in Birmingham, the UK.

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Jungle

I love to travel: I adore seeing new and beautiful things, and exploring new places. But this Sri Lankan trip was one I had to miss out on. Inspired by the pictures my sister sent each day of the country's interior—verdant landscapes, steaming jungles, saturated sunsets, squawking parrots, strutting peacocks, and curious monkeys with incredibly human faces—I imagined a lush, exotic jungle teeming with life, and pictured myself there...

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Moodboard:

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Vectorised illustrations:

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Some of the coloured motifs:

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First pattern (mostly) done:

There are a few things to iron out to fully finish, but in general I'm very pleased. I've toned down the colours from my original palette (as the very bright green and neon pink was a little too jarring).

This is quite a big repeat (42cm sq.) in order not to make the same groupings repetitively, so I've zoomed on on random sections to show...

Detail shot:

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Zoomed out (yeah! the repeat works):

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Medium views (two of):

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Birds of a Feather

I moved into a new home this spring, with a garden for the very first time. There are loads of trees and a large wild mixed hegerow. Planting out the garden introduced me to my feathered friends, who are not shy at making themselves seen and heard.

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Moodboard:

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Vectorised illustrations:

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Coloured motifs:

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Working screenshot (making a tree / branches for my birds - the next step will be repeating this - I also need to change the background colour):

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Final Pattern: I've been struggling with this one, but... I'm happy enough! Actually, it's really growing on me.

Detail view:

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Zoomed out (checking the repeat):

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Medium view:

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Wetland

Autumn walks with the dogs through the local nature reserve throw up a wealth of natural beauty. I love the shapes made by the teasels and seed-heads in the wetland area, and thousands of amazing insects flit about—including one of my favourites: the dragonfly.

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Moodboard:

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Vectorised illustrations:

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Coloured motifs:

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Final pattern:

Again, some refinement needed but I'm loving the colours and ethereal feel of this pattern.

Detail view:

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Zoomed out:

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Medium view:

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The final technical repeats

Wow - I can't believe I'm actually done! Here are the repeat tiles for my patterns (they are all on block repeat).

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And, when I've finished the birds of a feather pattern I'll add that too!

Deborah Turner

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