Whew! what a hectic time these last five weeks have been! I recently completed Lilla Roger's Make Art that Sells course, and.... whoa. Mind blown.
I finished the course with a sense of personal accomplishment, a burning desire to create piles of cool art, and an overwhelming amount of inspiration and ideas.
So let's recap, shall we? In this post, I'll discuss the first week, in which we were asked to design a pattern for bolt fabric inspired by.... peppers and vintage Pyrex!
We were urged to experiment and explore peppers from new perspectives, not just draw them "as is", but rather cut them up, look at them sideways, explore pepper plants, stamp with pepper slices, and so on.
I played around some more, trying to render peppers both realistically and then try them in a stylized version. It was nice to get out my paints which had been collecting dust, since I use the computer for so much of my designs in the last couple of years.
I almost went with this watercolor direction, but decided against it only because I knew that this would be intended as a repeating pattern for fabric, and I thought that the "repeat" would take away from the hand-made charm of it.
So I finally decided on a technique which was the best of both worlds: hand drawn line art which I then vectorized and manipulated in Illustrator.
I was pretty happy with my results:
I think it would look pretty cute printed, don't you?
Well, that's it for week one! I'll be back with another recap of week two :)
Thanks for reading!