Esther L. Nariyoshi

Surface Pattern Designer | Letterer | Illustrator

265

32

Japanese Garden

My 1st focal point print is themed around: Japanese Garden.

Ah how wish I could go to Japan for the moodboard...maybe someday!

Probably went overboard here on moodboard inspiration gathering. I guess I have to be real careful when I move to the sketches, to make sure that copyrights are respected.

2742e719

e648fe69

ca4e2a8a

Here are colors that I will be playing with :)

ad916eca

This will be my future collection title

ff2dec48

Here are some WIP

71602c6a

40b80fb1

80e7b69f

87d2b9d1

6a79344d

Starting to feel that colors compete with each other...need to take a break before moving on. 

------

Well, since my little girl's nap is extra long, gonna use the time to letter in Japanese. Thought it looks more personal.

0ea86dd5

Got the first blender pattern (sort of) done, I think I am going to come back to smooth the curves before finalizing it.

67939426

Kinda Stuck at this point, and feels like my motifs don't play well with each other, so I started doodling again on paper. Don't know where I am going with this but I love the richness of the layers.

here is the original inspiration

bd08052d

and here is my doodle.

ad58feed

I realized that my heart won't settle unless the pattern has been vectorized, so I kinda painfully redrew the pattern in illustrator again (live trace doesn't do well in this particular pattern and composition) late night last night. And so happy about the result: 

94ccecd0

And I also realized that it's hard for me to think other collections when I am still working on different patterns of the 1st one. So I might just have 1 collection instead of 3 focal points by the end of the workshop. Either way, I am so in love with the creative process. :)

ps. quit my real job yesterday, and it will be effective end of Aug. this year, a little scared, but excited more than ever. Because I know that I have to at least try out this surface pattern path, or I will just keep wondering all kinds of "what ifs". Fingers crossed. :)

------

here i did my first raster pattern ever, it was no water watercolor blender print, thinking about how to recolor, because it doesn't not say "Japanese Garden", but I love the texture so much....thoughts?

2f5ac4bb

----

oh goodness, my family has just gone through a round of sickness...glad that I have energy today to keep working on it :D

I added a little bit more motifs to the mix, because I wasn't sure how previous motifs can play well with each other, so here it is, will keep working until I fall in love

a287cd29

d9a8ef5a

and here is a little geometric mt fuji.

c7a22b11

Man, 3 weeks just flew by, didn't it!

I have a mini collection, still needs more work in the future, just love love love the process!

f1e54589

Comments

Please sign in or sign up to comment.