1004

17

Meandering

I started this collection a little bit ago. I found so much inspiration in Elizabeth Olwen's class that I went searching for more. I found, then purchased, Bonnie's Creative Live class which is what really got me up and running. I just had to put all the new things I had learned into practice.

Bonnie, I just love that you share so much detailed information and I think you must be an AI wizard! 

My collection is inspired by the meandering walks I take with my girls. We love spotting different birds and flowers. One of our favorites is "wishers" or dandelions and we adore the butterflies and bees that show up every spring and the fennel that overflows the river banks every summer. I am an avid photographer and used many of my own photos, taken from our walks, as the basis for the patterns.

Some of my sketches...

I mostly used the blob brush tool to trace these sketches, with the exception of the wind-blown, blustery ones, which I began by painting with gouache and found that live trace worked really well for them. Incorporating paint into the process was awesome!

I found that I didn't have enough bird images of my own and used these for reference. I think Ernst Haekel is a genius illustrator and find his work fascinating...

I could choose color palettes from photos all day long, but this one just evolved over time. I knew the colors I wanted to start with and just kept adding from there...

The logo was pretty fun to sketch. Most of my sketches were a little ugly to start, HAH, but I was able to finally settle on one I thought was fitting! I did have to pick and choose the letters I liked best from the jumble I sketched in the final image, but I darkened the letters I knew I would use. I have a bit of a passion for lettering, so this was as much fun as the patterns were. Live trace was definitely the way to go here...

For my "birds and branches" motif....

and the repeating pattern...

a secondary motif "lost in fennel"...

and the repeat...

Recoloring the bird motif has proven to be pretty difficult, making me realize I have lots to learn still, so I'm looking forward to diving into all of this so much more!

So far I have six patterns for this collection and I hope to add at least four more, making them a bit more simple and calm and multi-directional.

Comments

Please sign in or sign up to comment.