Elyse Klova

explorer, magician, recovering perfectionist

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Doughnuts On My Mind

1. IDEA GENERATION

For this class I wanted to celebrate my favorite doughnuts in the world, from Atlanta's Sublime Doughnut Shop. So I started the class with a motif already in mind, but here are a few others I thought of that I may revisit later:

  • Wildflowers
  • Paint tubes (they get such a great crinkly look!)
  • Hands making ASL letters
  • Cats
  • Parrots

2. DRAWING

I didn't take any pictures of the drawings, but I do have a picture of a few of them as I started painting. I was so pleased with how the drawings came out that I decided not to go over the pencils in pen before painting. I've been working on going lineless lately, so this ended up being good practice:

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3. COMPLETED PAINTINGS

I wasn't sure how much I would just like the doughnuts by themselves, so I painted some stars to go along with them. Here are the final painted pages:

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I worked pretty small to keep things simple; each page is about 5" x 5" so I wouldn't get too carried away. I still probably managed to spend too much time on this step though.

4. VECTORIZED DRAWINGS

Here I need to give a major shoutout to Jenn Coyle for the in-depth instructions for using Illustrator. I tend to use Illustrator for pretty basic things, and get a little overwhelmed by how powerful it is. Thank you, Jenn, for making the vectorizing process so easy, and for sharing all your tips and tricks and master keyboard shortcut stills.

Rather than do the cleaning up in Illustrator, I actually did all the background removal and cleanup in Photoshop where I'm a little more comfortable. I have a tablet so removing those edges was just a matter of going through with the eraser. I also spent some time with the levels and color balance to get the digital versions as close as possible to my original colors.

Here are my final vectorized doughnuts:

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And a close up of the live trace:

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I'm super pleased with how the vectorizing went, so now I can get to work on making my repeats.

5. REPEAT PATTERN NO. 1

Here is my first repeat! It took a while to get the spacing and balance right but I'm really pleased with what I ended up with:

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I used the brick-by-row motif for the doughnuts and then filled in a bit around them with the stars. I would love feedback on this pattern, so if you have any thoughts, please leave me a comment!

6. BONUS: REPEAT PATTERN 2

For this one I went with more of a striped pattern, rows of doughnuts followed by rows of stars:

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I can't decide if I think the long skinny doughnut is distracting or not (I'm pretty sure it is), so I may redo this one with a second set of rows to give it a little more variety and cut down on the very straight line of twists all facing left. Again, feedback is welcome (and would be very much appreciated)!

I'm going to keep working on improvements as well as more versions with these same elements, so I'll post them here as I get them to a point where I'm satisfied with them.

E.

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