Doodle games…

again… I do like playing with doodles!

I would like to redraw this larger and in a lot more detail.

Original doodle (Instagram pic)
Original doodle (Instagram pic)
Mouth 'head's rotated and mirrored around each other
Mouth ‘head’s rotated and mirrored around each other
Repeat Pattern made from one element of the previous Mouth Head Pattern
Repeat Pattern made from one element of the previous Mouth Head Pattern
Illustrator pattern motifs -created from pervious elements.
Illustrator pattern motifs -created from pervious elements.

ABSPD Module 1, Week 1 – mark making…

a few more exercises – mark making and deconstructing patterns…

I keep being distracted by my doodling and then start on something else lol.

pattern, sketch

I like the small black marks in the bottom left corner – reminds me of burnt matches… plus the ‘brain shell’ pattern on the rights – the small yellow ‘moon’ shapes came from a flower photo.

the images below are simple scans and then a quick duplicate of layers etc…

quick photoshop play with the 'shell brain' sketch... rather like it and will try a proper version soon.
quick photoshop play with the ‘shell brain’ sketch… rather like it and will try a proper version soon.

 

quick play with 'burnt bits' - actually smudged ink pen
quick play with ‘burnt bits’ – actually smudged ink pen

 

 

I’m also taking part in the MATS Bootcamp unofficial April Project of underwater theme design – and so I did some ‘mark making’ for that too… tendrils, seaweed, coral…

ink, smudge, lines, drips
more inky tendrils
blue ink, tendrils, drips
blue inky bits…
sea fleas and urchins sketch - separated onto different layers in photoshop... like the shape of the fleas... the sea urchins I would like to re-do in illustrator in stylised lines.
sea fleas and urchins sketch – separated onto different layers in photoshop… like the shape of the fleas… the sea urchins I would like to re-do in illustrator in stylised lines.

 

 


 

 

Now off to read the latest issue of Elle Decoration as it has an anniversary issue on pattern & colour 🙂

I hope to find one that I can deconstruct for another class exercise.

 

update: didn’t use the Elle Decoration magazine but I bought two new books (books yay!)

The V&A Pattern – The Fifties

V&A Pattern - The Fifties
V&A Pattern – The Fifties

A tiny book but brilliant inside – comes with a DVD but my iMac loathes reading CD/DVD’s and just vomits them back out.

The first pattern I looked at in order to deconstruct was Marian Mahler with David Whitehead Ltd – Red Curtain fabric – screen printed cotton, 1950 (V&A: T.504:2-1996)

It reminds me of a dining room (maybe I’ve seen to many sitcoms) but the yellow ‘table’ and mobile shapes dangling above (Joan Miró!)

3 colour screen print

Yellow ‘table’

Black small icons

Red background

I’m assuming the white is from the base fabric colour (?)

Half drop repeat (I think), graphic and contemporary.

Pg 22 - Marian Mahler Pattern
Pg 22 – Marian Mahler Pattern

 


 

The second pattern I liked (actually loved loads more but wanted to try finding something that was simple and graphic), was J Feldman (David Whitehead Ltd) furnishing fabric. Roller[printed spun rayon, UK 1954 (V&A: CIRC. 504-1954) – nice strong motifs with clean graphic elements yet has imperfect wonky bits (technical term!!)

Does this count as a 3 colour print?

Black arrows and circles,

Red ‘propellers’ and dots

Green – light hue for ‘propellers’ and dots

Green – dark for background (?)

I’m assuming (until I find out more about pattern printing anyway!!) that the white is the base fabric colour

 

V&A Pattern - page 60
V&A Pattern – page 60

 

I also bought this book on Amazon – only received that today (5th April) it comes with a CD with 50 copyright-free patterns… stupid iMac DVD drive… I really need to fix that.

Cutting-Edge Patterns and Textures by Estel Vilaseca
Cutting-Edge Patterns and Textures by Estel Vilaseca

 

Making my mark TWO…

Assignment two on the Pikaland ‘Making your Mark’ online workshop

is about ‘finding your voice’

What I know…

Photography, Photoshop, Illustrator (a bit… it’s been awhile!), making stop motion puppets, sewing, daydreaming 🙂

What I love…

stop motion, Tim Burton, weird stuff… some cute stuff (that’s mostly pleasing other people though!), making stuff, drawing, illustrations, textiles, textures… cats, animals, my baby niece, chocolate… and annoying myself with strict limitations and perfectionism… (oops… that crept in but it’s also true… ok, I don’t actually LOVE it… maybe that should go in the ‘what I know’ section.

The whole point of this course is a boot up the bum (boot camp!?) so rather than go off on tangents (which I do all the time) I thought I should try to actually fit in the things I want to create… stop motion puppets, sculptural and hand-made items and drawing etc.

This assignment comes in three parts… one to draw in black and white (inked etc) and then a colour version in any medium we want… I still went for ink as I didn’t want to paint his pants and shoes grey – so slight cheat… I tweaked it in photoshop for the black and white pant/shoes version)

This is Gruffy… he takes having clean pants very seriously … hence why he keeps a clean pair handy at all times!

Gruffy ink painted BW 001
2nd version
Gruffy ink painted 002

The 3rd part is a collage of the materials we used to create it… well that would be teeny tiny pieces of paper that I wiped the ink wash on… hmm… I was thinking of scrunching up wire, armature, fur, material etc into a big wad coated in latex and then cut in half so you can see the contents inside a latex ball. That would take too long to gather all the bits up and dry the latex plus not sure I could cut it all in a nice neat way so that the insides can be seen… a big ball of mess would be the end result.

I decided that the parts that I make the stop motion puppet from are a sort of collage… a huge leap perhaps 😀

so far I have only got a spine, wire legs and polystyrene scull ready… I’m not sure I even want to use wire though.

I’ll post a picture later… I want to try and do some more tonight.

I wont finish it by the end of today (the deadline) but at least I managed to finally have a go at drawing/inking the little guy – I got stressed and couldn’t do it all week!