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

 

ABSPD Module 1, Week 1

Module 1 of Designing your Way
ABSPD

a couple of exercises – one of which is to go around your environment and take photos of the shapes you can find – circles, squares, triangles etc.
After insomnia, builders and other tenants keeping me up all night I have now gone nocturnal so I didn’t get any sunlight today 🙁 I will be up all night now but it does mean that I’m not going out to take photos and my place is too tiny and messy to take photos ha! I have realised that my place needs more circles and wavy ‘stuff’ as I have lots of squares and rectangles – rows of my framed photographic work, inspiration photos, my sofa is fairly square angular shaped, so is my coffee table and my book shelf is made up of squares… lots of lines from the books.. actually I may have to take a photo of that 🙂

I thought I would go through some of my own photos as a lot of the time I take photographs of shapes that I like – I don’t actually care too much about the name of a building or place, nor it’s history or iconic status (lots of those in London), it’s actually the shape and form… textures and reflections that I like, so my photos contain lots of textures and forms.

I now however, feel like a dog that is obsessed with pebbles led out onto Brighton Beach (UK) which is just covered in pebbles… my brain is going to explode with so many patterns and shapes.. I want to doodle them all but obviously I can’t right now as I have several other deadlines and project to do … phew yet gargh!

(you can click the pic to go to my photography website)

shapes/lines and grids found in my walks.
shapes/lines and grids found in my walks.

I have an obsession with clouds, water, sprouty stuff (lol), curves and circles… think that about covers everything then rolls eyes

I will do the exercise of taking some Instagram pics (which I’ve just restarted doing – using Instagram that is) of my next walk but that could be tomorrow or the next day and I’m trying to stick to the course daily assignments… so just in case.

I will update this once I’ve completely some doodles – I have 3 different projects to doodle on tonight and do some actual freelance (paid) work so I will attempt to stop clicking on all the links/interviews/members blogs that I come across on the ABSPD and MATS Bootcamp Facebook pages… gargh… too much visual stimulation lol.

 

quick sketches
quick sketches

 

quick mock up of the pattern inspired by my photograph of the underside of the high overhead bridge at Kew Gardens
quick mock up of the pattern inspired by my photograph of the underside of the high overhead bridge at Kew Gardens
quick mock up of the sketch of my photograph of reeds in the river Thames (in Henley-on-Thames... but could be anywhere!)
quick mock up of the sketch of my photograph of reeds in the river Thames (in Henley-on-Thames… but could be anywhere!)

 

One of the exercises asks to sketch a flower or tree which makes me think of the recent ‘flowers’ I did for the Creative Bug course in which Lisa Congdon discusses her ‘doodles’ and gives some tips – it was rather relaxing course as when I played the video and live chat sessions I didn’t pay that much attention… I was too busy doodling lol.

image from the Lisa Congdon 'Doodle' Course on Creative Bug.
image from the Lisa Congdon ‘Doodle’ Course on Creative Bug.

I tend to think everything has to be perfect otherwise it doesn’t count, yet I would never think or say that to another persons mark making / drawing skills so maybe I need to stop being so harsh and enjoy the process – after all, if I keep doodling then I will improve whereas, doing nothing means I will never even start, let alone improve… I know it’s obvious but I’m trying to reprogram myself!

Here’s my doodles – I’ve always loved black pen outlines…

geometric-stems-002

I started turning them into vectors but still have more to do –

Vector Geometric Stems mobile

 

On week two I did some triangular mountains 🙂

Triagular-mountains-better-version

The following week Lisa had everyone draw on photos – I had some some prints that had come out too dark at the lab – a photo of trees mirrored onto itself and then turned on its side.. I kept seeing a creature in there.

I plan to try to vector/photoshop this into a better version as I rather like it!

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another doodle that I turned into a vector… not so keen on this one…

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but I did make this pattern afterwards which I do like…

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