Master 5 Complex Patterns Workshop

Master 5 Complex Patterns Workshop - student project

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For this workshop I am working with some new Xmas sketches, tis the season afterall! I will also be working with some older sketches that I created in another of Bonnie's workshops which will build on my Hoopla collection. Here is a sampler of the sketches so far.... 

1. Australian Xmas motifs

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2. sketches to build on my Hoopla collection

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Im not even sure you could classify this pattern as geometric, maybe this will be my diagonal! 

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Designing in Collections - Workshop

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Let the prints in "Hoopla" take you back to early in the 20th century at a circus in a field where the acts were beautiful, seductive and awe inspiring. The colours then were shiny and bright, but now as we gaze upon the sepia images imagining times past they are muted to calm dreamy hues. 'Hoopla' evokes the feelings of the circus coming to town - romance, wonder, joy and dreams

Nb: these are mini-collections which will be added to in time to make full and complete collections

Colourway 1:

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Colourway 2:

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Workshop 3 - Designing Focal Point Patterns

Inspiration:

I am working on a whole new collection titled "Aubrey Sails" which is inspired by the Aubrey Beardsley image in the inspo board below. I have been playing around with block relief printing and would like to print some motifs for this pattern. I have also been playing with watercolour waves. I think the contrast between the frothy watery waves and a graphic print motif could be really striking.

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Motifs for focal prints

I have sketched motifs and then carved them from rubber block and printed them. I have also dabbled around with some watercolour motifs as well...

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Here is the printing process...

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Vectorised illustrations and a few colourways

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"Aubrey Sails" Patterns - an art nouveau inspired journey  

1. Aubrey Sunset

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2. Aubrey Wheels (blue)

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Aubrey Wheels (black)

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3. Aubrey Boats

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4. Aubrey Waves

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Workshop 2 - Illustrate from Photos & Paintings 

1. Pattern from photos

Theme: Joshua Tree

Name: Joshua Neon Pop (the question)!

Descriptors:

romance

magic

southwestern

desert

love

aged/rusty/old/vintage/industrial

spiritual

peaceful

escape

Inspiration Collage:

I want to do a modern toile de jouy design....we will see if i can! Dessert hues with pops of neon like the old neon signs in my pics. Joshua Tree is a place of love for me, as its where my husband proposed. 

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Photos (taken in 2015):

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Initial Illustrations and colour trial

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Designs: Joshua Neon Pop (the question)

Hero pattern - 2 colourways

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2 Coordinate patterns (1 colourway)

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2. Pattern from watercolour

Theme: Lucky Day!

I am inspired from taking my 6 year old niece to karate lessons. So the theme is evolving as i paint motifs around that. 

Inspo:

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Watercolour motifs:

I have never painted before, so this is a real learning experience....fun though!

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Watercolour pattern designs: Lucky Day 

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an adorable little mockup just for fun....

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Illustrate from Sketches Workshop

Theme: The Circus

Descriptors:

On top of the world

magic

romance

dreamy

surreal

vintage/nostalgia

fun fair

fairy floss

joyous

ageless/timeless/young at heart

escape

shiny and bright

anything is possible

My Sketches

Sketches so far. I initially thought i wanted to really focus on a ferris wheel element however this has evolved to really enjoying the art deco inspired acrobats and clowns and feathers. Im not sure i will even use the ferris wheel!

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Inspo:

As I have started sketching i have been able to refine my inspiration board to the elements that are singing to me:

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My Initial Inspiration Board:

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Sketches as motifs in Illustrator

Finally I have had a moment to play with my sketches and vectorise them, develop a colour palette etc. I havent got too many motifs, however im not sure i am going to need many more with the design i have in my mind.....but I will see how it goes. I still have a number of illustrations I havent scanned in in if i do need more. Illustrator is still a struggle for me, so this was a long process today! I created a pattern swatch for the girls leotards, which i felt very clever about! My sketches arent perfect (i live traced them all) and i def need to do something about the circles, but the process has begun.

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After playing with pattern designing today, I realised that you cant create a pattern that contains a pattern! Oh no! so my beautiful leotards wont work :( I just wanted to share where i got to with this design (with the patterned leotards so- its not a repeat pattern  yet), as i am really happy with it. Now i will go and edit the fillof the acrobats to be un-patterned.....

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Repeat pattern:

Im really happy with my patterns. They arent technically perfect - I need to come up with a way to re-draw the girls hoops so they are perfect circles.

colourway 1 

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Colourway 2

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