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Illustrate from Photos & Paintings: Design 4 Patterns in 3 Weeks

I've decided to try using my photos with Live Trace to see what happens. I spent a lot of time in Photoshop masking out what I wanted then importing them into Illustrator to trace. Although I prefer hand drawing from my reference photos for the more hand crafted look this might work as well.


The Gift of Spring:


The Marine building


in Vancouver is one of our oldest, and in my opinion grandest, buildings in our city. It is a shining example of the Art Deco style and was the tallest building in Vancouver when it opened in 1930. I like to look at old photographs of the city and surrounding areas such as the North Shore and day dream about what it was like to be in this city during that time. It was a quieter and gentler time. My mom has told me so many wonderful stories about living and growing up in Vancouver and since she was born the same year the building opened it brings extra meaning to me as I can imagine her growing up seeing the building towering over the skyline.

The great details in every corner and every face of the building, both inside and out, are a joy to see and photograph. Each time I have visited I see something new. Many of the skills used in its creation are no longer used in building due to cost which is a shame, so I am honoring this wonderful building in my own way by using it as my inspiration for my collection. I’d also like to draw a parallel to the pattern designer using their skill and attention to detail to create wonderful patterns and motifs similar to the patterns found in this building and others like it.

I’d also like to add that the 1930’s had a flare to it that we haven’t seen since and we probably won’t see again and there are so many ways to draw inspiration from the objects in use at that time such as jewelry, textiles, furniture, and the everyday objects that were given a new face so to speak. Thanks so much.


First Pattern: Leaves & Swirls


Second Pattern: Pineapple Borders


Pattern 3: Turtles and Seahorses


My Sketches so far for the Marine Deco Collection. I am still sketching but this is what I have to start.





Hello, my name is Lisa and I live in Vancouver, BC Canada. I have a background as a web designer/developer but I am shifting my focus  to more creative and fine art work and photography since these are the things that make my heart sing. I draw inspiration from many areas including nature, typography, design, and architecture to name a few. I am enjoying Bonnie's classes very much and look forward to growing my experience and portfolio in pattern design and illustration.  

Garden Bliss Pattern 1:

For one of my prints I was inspired by my garden this year as well as a few walks I took around my neighborhood. I absolutely love New Guinea Impatiens because of the way they glisten like candy in the sun. I have to have at least two of these bushes in my garden each summer.

The butter cream yellow of the begonia's this year were wonderful and the shapes of this plants buds, I feel, lend a playful movement to my pattern.

My 10 words: Soothing, sparkle, glisten, vibrant, summer, joy, texture, comfort, warmth, tuberous


My sketches:


Focal print:




Pattern 2:

Ocean Treasures.




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