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Sketch Colour Design Repeat

Sketch Colour Design Repeat….not always in that order but in a basic way that sums up my process.

SKETCH

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COLOUR and DESIGN

These are usually combined…often I have a couple of colours in mind and add or adapt depending on the brief.  Design could also be composition, this is my favourite part connecting all the piece and almost always this work is fleshed out in Illustrator and Photoshop.

Tip: if drawing animals look for flowers and leaves from their natural habitat it can help bring the design together.

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and hopefully something good comes at the end…

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Bees in the meadow

Over the past few weeks, whilst the weather was still fine, I sat watching the bees buzzing around catching the last of the nectar.  Our garden is in a dip so whilst we take a few weeks longer to warm up in spring the flip side of this is our autumns feel a few weeks longer and we still had lots of flowers and autumnal colour.  Shame it doesn’t last just a bit longer.

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Oranges and Lemons

Oranges and Lemons say the Bells of St. Clement’s—–okay and a tutti fruiti colour too! Come visit me on Instagram

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Hola llama

I wish I had a pet Llama,
I’d walk him through the mountains everyday,
Picking flowers and saying Hola to everyone we meet.
Only stopping to drink at the water fountain and play.

 

Collection inspired by our local llamas who always nod hello when we pass by. The friendly threesome happily pose for a few sketches.

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The bear necessities

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Look For The Bear Necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife.

Find me over on Instagram!

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Hello you I love you

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Hello you!  How you doing?  Having a break today after a serious couple of months of work (great fun though!) Chat more later, need to refuel and write up exactly what has been happening over here – exciting stuff!

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Feeling foxy part 2 – scatter pattern

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A couple of days ago I posted my little adventures from “Foxwood” with a cluster pattern (not sure if that is the correct technical term but in the dictionary of Michelle it means taking a few motifs, grouping them together and then repeating that group.)

The pattern above is a scatter pattern, random placed motifs in no particular order but I usually try not to place two of the same motifs next to each other.  Work with whatever arrangement is pleasing to the eye and I have added a couple of co ordinates to complete the collection.

Do you always work with one type of repeating pattern? – I usually design random patterns as I find my style suits this but as you can see sometimes a pattern can be made many different ways! I’ll work on some other types of pattern and post the results!

In answering a question that came up the other day for those not confident in scatter/random patterns, start with a few floral motifs and rearrange and resize them to work together like my Painting a field of flowers design.

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An underwater bouquet for Kess InHouse

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One of the best things as a designer is to see your patterns and art on fabulous products and in peoples homes.  Kess InHouse have my sea inspired underwater bouquet collection in midnight and summer swimming around on bedlinen, shower curtains, pillows, throws and more! Perfect timing!

They also teamed it swimmingly (excuse the pun 😉 with Theresa Giolzetti succulent dance pillow cases! (shown above)

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