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Watercolour pattern design - Coffee and teacups!

12/02/16

Sooooooo, I'm a day behind on this workshop because I had a painfully long uni assignment to complete first. I've really been looking forward to this because a lot of my drawing is just small doodles and characters which I think really lend themselves to patterns, but I've never quite been able to master patterns on my own so far.

I did a little bit of brainstorming, but that wasn't really hard for me because my notebook is full of little brainstorming lists that I never get around to completing. So even though I did a new brainstorm list, I ended up going back to an old idea - Coffee and teacups! I really like the idea of having a little phrase in there as well so I'll see how well that works into my final designs.

Here's a page from my sketchbook where you can see some brainstorming on the right and also a quick little waterproof pen test down the bottom (--I was actually surprised with the results of that! None of my art pens are waterproof!! The best waterproof pen turned out to be a standard black rollerball pen that I have which writes well and has a nice line. The only other waterproof pen I have is a finetip Sharpie but I don't like the line it draws. Definitely going to need to buy some more pens!!)

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Okay, I've tidied up and have some nice sketches ready to watercolour. I did outline these in black before starting, but forgot to take a photo!

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Finally watercoloured. I love my little teacup, he reminds me of Beauty and the Beast. Not keen on the colours in my coffee cup so they're going to get a tweak once I hit Photoshop! Just waiting for them to dry...

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So, turns out that I had really huge trouble to with the background removal action to the point where after a few tries I gave up and removed the backgrounds by hand. My images really haven't digitized well and I'm really not happy with them, but I'm keeping going just because I don't want to give up or start all over again.

Here's the initial scan.

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And here they are vectorised.

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I've worked with my cute little teacup for my first pattern. Not sure on the colours, but I like how to pattern has turned out. It's been a long day of drawing, painting and playing so I'll be leaving my coffee cup for another day.

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