Natasha Gill

Graphic Designer/Artisan Jeweler

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Floral Afternoon

Well after taking this class I felt really inspired and as is typical for me, I just wanted to jump right in.

A little background, I'm an artisan jeweler (www.sundarajewelry.com) but my background is in graphic design. I worked for many years as an art director and a graphic designer. I loved my job but the lack of creative freedom made me very frustrated. So while I still occasionally freelance, I do very little design work on the computer.

SO... as I was saying I jumped right in. I had a lot of ideas but after a full day of work today I decided to give it a quick try. So I did some quick doodles in my sketchbook.

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I didn't use any references this time but I certainly plan to for my next project.

I used this image as my colour inspiration. I found it on Pinterest and really loved the palette. I was inspired by the rich tones of some of the other students in the class and from some other patterns I had found online.

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I felt a bit limited by just these five colours so I expanded on the colour palette by creating inverse and complementary colours. You can easily do that in the colour palette of Illustrator. Copy your colour swatch and just click on the top right and both the Inverse and Complement options will be there.

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I definitely didn't use all the colours. And I created that bright yellow on the right for a pop of colour because the palette was too cool and had not enough warms. 

So this became my final pattern!

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I chose a neutral cream background because I thought it would be easier. I like it but I can't say I love it. But as I said, I was just really eager to get started and for a few hours work I guess it's not too bad. I have a good idea of what I'd like to change for next time around.

I created several colour variations that I really like:

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I've been a designer for over 15 years and I never knew about the Recolor Artwork button, go figure. That's one of the reasons I took this very intensive course. I learnt so much. As a designer you never stop learning new things and this was just incredibly fun. I can see it's going to take me a lot of practice to get to where I want to but I'm eager to start a new project. This time I'll take some pictures and spend a little more time on my drawings.

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