Over the past couple of weeks I’ve been drawing from nature, creating painted textures and putting it all together in my computer to make patterns. Rachael Taylor’s e-course in surface pattern design has been very inspirational and started me off thinking along new lines and working in news ways. Here are some of the results:
New year is a good time to start new things so I have enrolled in an e-course to learn all about surface pattern design! I only started yesterday but they have already got us going out and about with sketchbooks and cameras in hand to collect inspiration from our surroundings. These are from my walk to the studio this morning:
I have just finished my roughs for the next Maisie Hitchins book so it’s time for something a little different. This is one of the drawings I have been doing lately in my sketchbook. It was made with indian ink straight from the pot using the pipette to draw with. I rather like drawing like this because it is very spontaneous and a little bit uncontrollable. When the ink was dry I gave the drawing some colour using Caran D’ache neocolours which are another one of my favourite things. They are sort of pastelly but sort of oil-pastelly too and also can be watercoloury if you wet them! I know, it’s all a bit too much…
These are some patterns I’ve been working on recently, I’m not quite sure what to do with them yet but I’m sure I’ll work it out. These little characters were all made using FW inks and scissors then scanned in and rearranged in the computer.