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Funny Animals

With the urging and support of my daughter (a current graphic design student) I am entering the world of surface pattern design. As long as I can remember, being in a fabric store has been like being in a candy store for me - I could spend hours and lots of money picking fabric for my quilts. I love color and love many of the retro designs that speak to the early 1900's - a time before there was so much technology. My first pattern melds my love of quilting, simplicity, a French fabric color pallet and animals. My illustration skills are rudimentary so I started my illustration with my calligraphy pen (Nikko G pointed nib + Japanese black ink):


Next, I spend about a month learning about Illustrator before I was able to import my image and trace around my drawings. I decided to get a small wacom tablet about 2 months into my project and it did make tracing the drawings much easier.

The color pallet I derived from a quilt I made for my daughter for her upcoming graduation - it is made from French fabric we collected when we over in Paris years ago. I love the colors, their brightness and richness so decided they would enhance my funny animals.


Here is my first pattern attempt and color variation which I want to experiment more with colors and changing the pattern scale as well as adjusting the design elements to make some complementary patterns that will form a Funny Animal pattern group.


Playing with my color pallet derived these versions of the pattern.


Reworked the pattern and just used stroke colors on a light background for a different style.


I have spent awhile looking for a nice way to save my Pinterest board to this site but have not figured it out yet! Here is the link to my inspiration board:


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