The art of Tintin & seamless patterns! While the imperialist/colonialist bent of the content of the comic books by Herge is not always so awesome, I always feel inspired by the rendering of the characters, details, and the use of line. There’s just something so perfect about his ability to draw an adventurous boy with a floppy hairdo and his little white dog. Who wants to sell me a set of these sheets?
I’m always trying to hone in on a specific style for my work, and I think I’m getting closer all the time. I like the method of adding a simple pattern to create emphasis and a textural-type interest to the work, it’s digitally perfect & clean while also giving the feeling of a sweet folky quilt.
I’m also in the process of re-upping the content in my Society 6 store…after two years something finally sold so I got motivated to add more things! This floral piece will be listed there soon- check out the store here:
I recently saw a listing for a call for “glitch art” on a local blog & thought it might be fun to try my hand at it. I don’t know that these are successful in fitting that description- but it was fun to try to glitch up my obsessively neat patterns and to try to interrupt my usual color palettes.
I made a list-y/quiz-y post for Bored Panda, you can check out the whole post at the link below. (Maybe too easy as a quiz for us “old millennials”…because apparently that’s the term, but super fun to come up with the images!)
I am realizing that if I want anyone to see my work, I need to make it more visible (seems pretty obvious, but it’s easier said than done.) I decided to do a work up of this week’s Illustration Friday prompt on the theme: “smart”. So here you have it, Bradley: the hawk CPA, all ready for you to bring your complicated taxes…because people (and birds) who know how to deal with money always seem like the smartest people (and birds) to me.
More along the lines of what I was initially thinking, with the patterned space as part of a basic image: Little Women. I tried to keep it sweet & simple, while sticking with the feminine & vintage appeal of the book.
Layout & typography are two things that I need to keep practicing, so I’ve decided to try to do some book covers that are more design-based & also incorporate some of the pattern work I have been doing. So…Treasure Island! I want to hone positive/negative space as well, it’s a difficult skill to master but can make a really affective tool if you can do it right.
I’m still working on the fake book cover idea, and with the amazing ability to edit in Photoshop & Illustrator I think I’m getting closer to being able to make them in a way that I am satisfied with. It’s exciting to mess around with the tools & keep getting deeper into ways of modifying. Amazing!
Ever since I took an intro to computer arts class three years ago, and fell in love with the adobe suite, I have been working (pretty much) completely digitally. I love the ease of editing, the ability to start & finish something quickly, and the endless modifications and style changes you can do digitally in minutes. It’s amazing! But…this month’s MATS assignment is to do a wooden wall hanging, and even though I could have mocked up a template digitally, I decided to crack open the dried-out acrylics & get my hands dirty.
Here’s my first little attempt, a river otter (which I believe to be my spirit animal), and a shot of my fancy tinfoil palette.
The prompt for the mini this month is “scenic plates”. Though we’ve been assured that the large assignment next week isn’t actually going to be a plate, I couldn’t help but work up one of my sketches into vector art. There’s a children’s book called “Happy Winter” that I love, and that, plus the recent snow, was my inspiration for this winter-y plate!