I've had a tidy up of my studio for photos to include my upcoming portfolio book. I thought I'd take the oppurtunity to share with you my workspace. This is my computer setup where I take hand drawn sketches and paintings into Adobe Photoshop & Illustrator to work into a placment piece or repeating pattern. … Continue reading Studio Scenes
This morning I have been carrying out a really interesting re-colouring exercise as part of the Make It In Design course. I have taken a fairly simple design of mine (Pine Slopes) and changed the colour palettes to fit in with the different genres of pattern design. These being: Classic, Traditional, Vintage, Retro, Contemporary and … Continue reading The Power of Re-Colouring
Albeit a little late (only a few weeks!) I've started the third module of the Make It In Design courses. Focusing more on the business side but still with some creative exercises to get the juices flowing and hopefully bulk up the images for a portfolio. So far I have created a Gift Wrap range, … Continue reading The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Course – Module 3
I wanted to submit an entry for the latest Spoonflower design contest but didn't have too much time before I went on vacation. Instead of a brand new design I reworked an older Polar Bear one to include more detail and texture. Voting open now! https://www.spoonflower.com/contests/animals-of-the-ocean
This week fabric company Spoonflower are holding a design contest with theme "Animals by Air". I have entered with a Mid-Century Modern design featuring colourful garden birds. After creating several colour versions I decided to go with the orange background as I figured it might stand out better amongst the other entries (though the grey … Continue reading Spoonflower design contest: Animals by Air
Earlier this week I attended the trend forecasting trade show Pulse London at the Kensington Olympia. I went with my go-to textiles expert and owner of Sashabay Soft Furnishings for moral support and to have someone to squeak at all the lovely things with! There were indeed a great deal of lovely things, many amazing … Continue reading Pulse London Trade Show Round Up and Trend Forecast
Over the past few weeks I have been participating in the Make It In Design Module 2: Creating Your Professional Identity. There's been a lot of content and some fast paced design works but so far I've learnt a lot! One of the first exercises involved working working with collections and co-ordinate patterns. Based on … Continue reading The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Course – Module 2
Hello! I'm currently taking part in a Skillshare workshop run by the talented designer Bonnie Christine. You are welcome to follow my progress by view the project page, I'll be updating this every few days with new drawings and work for the next two weeks. Skillshare Project Page for Bonnie Christines workshop "Master 5 Complex … Continue reading Skillshare Workshop – Master 5 Complex Patterns in two weeks UPDATED!
Went to the brilliant Kew Gardens in London for my birthday. I was hoping for some inspiration for a pattern, came away with enough reference photos for about 4 collections!
Over the past 10 days I've undertaken my first 100 days project with the aim of re-defining my drawing style making it more versatile and appealing. Some days it is hard to find time, energy or headspace to sit down and get something done but if you force it upon yourself it is ultimately worth … Continue reading 100 Days Project: First 10 Days of Illustration