Getting Ready for Winter

Getting Ready for Winter - student project

I'm pretty new to creating patterns, and was looking for a way to see my pattern while I was working, so I could go back and adjust things. So, Agnieszka's method of creating patterns with Photoshop using less math sounded great!

I love autumn and wanted to make a pattern with that feeling. Raccoons are considered pests sometimes, but I stillI love their little black masks and ringed tails.

Getting Ready for Winter - image 1 - student project

I used watercolor and gouache. 

Getting Ready for Winter - image 2 - student project

After scanning everything in, I cut them out in Photoshop. I used a dark background to make sure I got the edges the way I wanted them.

Getting Ready for Winter - image 3 - student project

By using the smart objects method, I could quickly see where I'd made mistakes, like the disconnected branch in this version.

Getting Ready for Winter - image 4 - student project

I also tried the half drop method, but in the end, I didn't go with it.

The final tiles are below.

Getting Ready for Winter - image 5 - student project

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I tried mock ups with both backgrounds, but think I like the lighter one better.

Getting Ready for Winter - image 7 - student project

Getting Ready for Winter - image 8 - student project

Getting Ready for Winter - image 9 - student project