Saturday, January 5, 2013

SpyGirl visits Pattern Recognition

Hello! I'm SpyGirl, Anne's avatar!
I'm visiting here in Pattern Land as an experiment for International Fake Journal Month.
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This is one of my ideas for IFJM 2013: to use patterns or textiles that I have at home or at work and design an outfit for Mizz SpyGirl. That part will go in a Moleskine journal and a scan of the spread will begin the post.
Then I'll let you know how I'd digitize the original art/ motifs/ etc.

Take this medallion print, for instance. This is something I brought home from the day job to get some extra offsite hours into my paycheck. I am not very happy about needing to do this, so I'm procrastinating by writing this post. Ha.
This print I will be retracing in Illustrator. Normally, I would use lots of custom brushes for the repeating elements, like those eight white half-ovals and grey shield shapes behind them that you can see below on the left.
Trace one set, make a Custom Scatter Brush > Draw a circle > apply the Custom Brush.
But nooooooo... the client thinks this method "looks like stationary" so I'm going to hand draw things with the Pencil Tool for a cruder look (sample on right below). It's going to take HOURS. Job security, right?
Of the many ideas I have, this will be one of the easier to execute as far as getting the journaling done goes. But maybe instead I'll use pages from an 08 collage journal (or make a new collage journal?) as the print starting point. I've got until April to decide, so no hurry.

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