Monday, January 16, 2012

The 18 hour Paisley

I worked on this paisley for 3 days.
Here are some of the steps I went through to get it into repeat.
the original "art" from the client
had to reduce it to B+W first, worked in photoshop (psd)
considered completing paisley by hand drawing
got this far and nixed the notion
I can draw nicer shapes with the pen tool in ai
straightened it out using skew transformation
mirrored the elements
I then took it all into Illustrator (ai) and Live Traced
here are elements that I pulled to make custom ai brushes
here are all the brushes in ai
working out the repeat
it's all little bits of vectors from the Live Tracing
big file!
repeat done

I then exported it to psd
and brought back into ai
re-Live Traced
to make it a nice simplified flat file

adjusted colors to beige + grey
finally done

celebrated with chocolate truffles

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Thursday, January 5, 2012

How did I do this?

trying to remember how I created this repeat because now I need to make a companion with circular elements. argh, brain, get to work and stop thinking about chocolate truffles...

Spoonflower Design Contest: coordinates

My entry in Spoonflower's design contest can also be seen here.
the designs for these originated from my silkscreen work from the 70s
more here
Contest Rules:
. Using a single digital file uploaded to your Spoonflower account, submit a one-yard image that includes four distinct coordinating fabric designs, including at least one stripes pattern and one dots pattern. The four designs should take up equal amounts of space on a one-yard canvas (42" x 36"). Preview will be sized at a yard of quilting-weight cotton (42" x 36").

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year!

here's a Bloody Mary repeat for what ails you:

original photo swiped off from Google Images search
used for entertainment purposes only