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Surface Pattern Workshop - March 2016

My third topic was dim sum. Trying to combine a mix of using live trace and drawing. Still finding the wacom tablet really difficult to use! 

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Task 4 - 2 Zen pattern 

This was quite fun putting all the different illustrations into little motifs!This was the original one I made:

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This one I made with a smaller print and the recoloring function:

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Task 4 - Coffee pattern

Oh... I struggled with this part. I don't feel the illustrations make much sense together. However still wanted to at least practice the process of putting everything together and playing around with colors. I could see these maybe as pattern, but definitely not a focal pattern! Will keep practicing! 

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this is a smaller version wiht all the illustrations inside the coffee stain: 

I got the stripes... but it doesn't seem like I moved the square behind it though 

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A different color pallette and size

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Task 3 - 2

Things are starting to get a little bit more easy :) Even feel comfortable using some of the shortcut keys without looking at the cheat sheet!

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Task 3: 

Definitely far behind now, but managed to play around a bit with getting the sketches into illustrator. Tried tracing using the Wacom tablet (hard!!) and also trying the image trace which resulted in some rough drawings which i kind of liked (like the coffee mug). Not liking the colors much, so will keep playing. But it's really cool to see something i sketched look like a real illustration! 

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Hi all, my name is Oi-Lin and I'm a market researcher by day and trying to be more creative by night :)

I don't have much experience in drawing and sketching but really eager to learn. Everytime I rewatch Bonnie's videos on Illustrator, it makes a little more sense! And I definitely feel empowered to just start and see where it all takes me. I was telling my friend about this workshop and she made a really funny connection. Basically in my daily job I look for trends and patterns in behaviors and in data and I remember as a little girl being fascinated by patterns and trying to see 'where the repeat' began! Now it's time to add the creative element to it! 

I think the three very different topics I've chosen probably shows how I'm just starting my creative journey. I picked three topics that are quite close to me: 

1) Dim sum (food! and being of Chinese origin it's a real family gathering which is very important to me)

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2) Zen (I live in a flat with no outdoor space, luckily I live near a botanical garden where it's just beautiful to walk around and get away from busy city life)

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3) Coffee (I LOVE coffee and have an unhealthy obsession with watching videos on how to make great coffee and latte art)

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