Karen Willmore

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Seaside Splendors

Hiya all! I was so excited to see this class pop up on Skillshare, as I enjoyed the first pattern class I took here. I love Bonnie's work and style, and the lessons have been excellent so far :-)

I'm lucky enough to be located minutes from the beach, and I've always had a beach-town, laid back attitude, so I chose "Seaside Splendors" as my phrase and theme for this. (It was REALLY hard to NOT choose a Jimmy Buffett line, but I always do that, and it's time to change it up! :-P ) 

I went for a little photo walk today to gather some source material, but since it was pretty gray out, I also threw some photos I took recently, when it was sunny.

Here are some mood boards:

Sourcing colors from photos is always interesting to me. Sometimes the palette turns out the way I expect it to, and sometimes it doesn't. Sometimes, I end up really liking a palette from a photo that didn't particularly thrill me, so I decided to randomly sample colors from some of the source images. My [current] favorite is shown below, but that may totally change once I start digitizing!

I know we're supposed to "write" out our phrase, but I have ugly handwriting, so I drew it (With help from the lettering classes I've taken on Skillshare in the past). :-)

Some sketches: (These were harder than I thought!)

I inked some of the sketches, and may go back and ink the rest as well. I've used the Live Trace feature in Illustrator for hand-lettering projects, but I'm looking forward to trying the Blob Tool (love that name!) to trace some of the sketches as well. 

Inked:

Here are my digitized illustrations, in Illustrator. They're just placed randomly on an artboard for now. I may still play with the colors and general look of each item. I also may get rid of all the pure black shapes. I think the contrast is too stark. Maybe I'll use a darkish gray instead. 

After two long work trips, I was finally able to return to my pattern project! :-) I started with the main beach pattern, and then created a few supporting patterns using the same colors and illustrations:

I also colored the Seaside Splendors lettering:

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