Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Three More Prints

So, after I made the print that I showed yesterday, I had a few ideas for some hand drawn prints. So, I did some doodles while I was watching So You Think You Can Dance last night, scanned them in, and made them into print repeats.

The first on you see here, I drew half of the repeat, and then I just mirrored it, increased the contrast, and live traced it in Illustrator so that I could color it more easily and throw it into a repeat.

Next, we've got a simple sort of houndstooth check. The only sort of interesting thing is just that I scribbled one section of the repeat and scanned it in. On to the next one.

I like this one. I drew one eighth of the design, and then I just mirrored and rotated it until it was a complete design. It's kind of fun to do it that way because even though you have sort of an idea of how it will turn out, the end product is sort of a surprise.

All right. That's it for me. Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 22, 2016

A Christmas Print

So, I haven't finished the fashion project I started last week because I've been working on a number of projects. I have two painted portraits going right now that I hope to finish this week. Unfortunately they're a surprise gift for someone's wife, so I can't show them to you until she's gotten them. Additionally, I've been working on some more prints.

Today I'm sharing one of this prints with you. It's inspired by a vintage wallpaper print, but of course I've tweaked it quite a big. for one thing, mine is a bit simpler. The request was for a few christmas-y prints, so that accounts for this color story. I'm not sure how I feel about it. It certainly looks like it's for Christmas, though.

All right, I must be off to work on all of the things. Happy Monday to you!

Friday, August 19, 2016

Spinstergram: Miranda Is A Person

Today's Friday, so instead of posting more work, I thought you might want to see a picture of Miranda the dog being a human on the sofa.

I love her. She's the best. She really loves this blanket, too. If this blanket isn't on the sofa, she doesn't really know how to live.

Wishing you a comfy cozy day in super cold air conditioning. Happy Friday!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Fashion Project: Colored Thumbnails

Today's image is something new for me. It's the first time I've ever colored thumbnails on my computer instead of by hand. It took longer than I thought it would, but in the end, I've used less paper, and the image is much clearer than if I'd scanned it.

To see the images larger, click on the image or open it in a new tab.

The purpose of thumbnail sketches are to show your thought process in developing a line of clothing. Of course, if you're actually designing a line, you'd need many more pieces than this. However, if the collection is particularly large, you'd want to divide the design process into different teams, and so no one would actually be making thumbnails of every item of clothing.

For a sample project, though, it's nice to have some complete looks.

This design development turned out to be al little crazier-looking than I thought it would. There are a bunch of patterns, and apparently I only like to design dresses and skirts. Still, other than jeans, how many pair of pants does a woman need? I think I may have chosen too many colors for a small collection like this.

You'll also notice that some of the girls have brightly-colored legs. That was my attempt to pull some ideas from the mood board into the sketches.

All right, that's it for today! Enjoy! Happy Thursday!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Fashion Project: Thumbnail Sketches

So, I started the thumbnail sketches for the project yesterday, and I thought I'd show them here before I  colored them in. This is page 3 of 4. It's a study of stripes, and it will make more sense, I think, once it's colored. Well, it'll be more exciting at least.

Stay tuned for the colored version, and have a happy Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sample Project: Colors

So, yesterday, I posted a mood board. Today, I'm posting the colors I extracted from the board. Were I creating this project for an interview, school, or work, I would also have chosen Pantone colors. However, my printer isn't great as far as colors go, and so matching colors would be a little tough. So...here are the colors! Stay tuned tomorrow for the next installment of this project.

Happy Tuesday!

Monday, August 15, 2016

A Monday Mood Board

Well, good morning! It's been a while since I made a sample fashion project, so I thought I'd exercise that muscle and make a new mood board. I worked on this yesterday, and I think it turned out pretty nicely.

I tried to use colors that were clean and bright while grounding them with good neutrals and crisp black and white.

Below, you'll find references for all the images I used. I altered some of them, so if you follow the links, you may not find what you think you will.

1. Woman in sunglasses

2. Dangle Earring by Jane Taylor

3. Abstract Painting

4. Paper Flowers

5. Painted Wood Panel

6. Gemstone Necklace

7. Cat Lady

8. Tights

9. Abstract Painting

10. Diamond Print

11. Twiggy

12. Embroidery on Burlap

13. Bow Elbow

14. Yellow-Haired Lady

15. Lady's Earrings (photoshopped from here.)

Happy Monday!