Pattern Favourites…

I’ve not tried to gather my favourite patterns together before as there is far too much in the world to do such a thing.

I try to avoid Pinterest as I gather too many images from books, magazines, websites and in my environments with my own camera as it is. I’ve been trying to gather them and organise it all (with sources if I can) in Evernote but I now have far too many note books and notes in Evernote that I’m now overwhelmed via another app/database HA!

Maybe I need to learn to edit my choices better – that doesn’t just cover my likes and dislikes in design … very much in the real world too!

For home work on the Art & Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1 we had to gather a few on a canvas to help us discover our signature style… so here’s mine.

a selection of patterns that Iike
a selection of patterns that Iike – click the image to see my pinterest page where you will find the names & links of the images.

As with anything taste and current favourites change – I’ve been doodling and creating motifs with strong lines but then I have always loved textures – 2D or 3D I’m not fussed.

I still have yet to do a colour mood board – I’ve had too much to do and having an inner ear infection made me lose a lot of time. oops.

 

 

 

 

‘Manual’ Box Pattern Homework

Creating a ‘manual’ box repeat for homework.

mine didn’t come out well at all but I didn’t really try that hard – I made my ‘box’ too big and used tiny beads and other jewellery making paraphernalia and the paper base I was using came buckling – my beads kept rolling all over the place. After spending two days with flippin painful inner ear infection, my concentration isn’t too great.

I preferred the pictures of some round wooden beads …

beads - mobile pic
beads – mobile pic

… which I layered and played with in this image:

donuts layers experiments
donuts layers experiments

 

This came from four brass metal discs – you can see the hole for the chain 🙂

I rather like the disc pattern but not the background yellow part… hmmm… all in the name of experimentation!

Green Moon Discs
Green Moon Discs

 

I didn’t realise that Photoshop came with a pattern script other than a general box repeat (rather hit and miss and prefer Illustrator’s pattern creation) – this one was using the spiral setting.
green-pale-four-discs
These were created in Illustrator – using the original disc image in the above image for this one below…

Disc Bits - experiments
Disc Bits – experiments

I’m sure a texture could be created from this but it’s not quite working for me today… I’ll blame the ear infection ;-P rolls eyes

various layers experiments
various layers experiments

 

 

ok, fine here’s the actual manual box repeat… mobile phone picture which doesn’t help the quality and I didn’t measure it out before either.

I do want to try drawing out a repeat pattern but I haven’t decided what I want to draw yet.

manual box repeat
manual box repeat

urgh… why I traced around a 8×8 inch canvas board that happen to be sat on my desk, as the beads are too small.. or should have found some larger items. learn from each element though right?

manual-repeat-homework-collection-of-hoops
manual-repeat-homework-collection-of-hoops

 

 

couple more repeat patterns.

Wavy Lined Petals experiments
Wavy Lined Petals experiments
Green Moon Discs
Green Moon Discs
repeat pattern
repeat pattern

Homework – Colour

Todays homework is about colour and looking at your own photographs to take colour swatches from – as my photography is about 95% B&W this wasn’t easy to do!!!

Here’s my colour palettes from my own photographs – I had to include the London Bus right?

 

The first palette I would describe as err… colourful 🙂 I’m not good with words or descriptions which is why I hate keywording despite having to do it daily with my photography (and in my job!) – strong colours ranging from soft pink to dark green… there are some purples in there too where it blends into the shadows.

The 2nd palette is softer in tone, again starts with pinks (there is a hazy effect added in post product) going through purples and blues – I do seem to like muted soft colours – I know I hate gloss in photographic prints!

3rd palette (photo of a bubble being blown on the South Bank outside the Tate Modern… never guess that right :-)) is practically monochromatic – not quite white in the high tones and then green in various tones reaching to black.

4th palette of a London Bus – is bright and spunky… that is whats needed if you travel on buses especially at peak times – hence why I walk everywhere!! very bright primary colours… hmmm… would have to do some research to see why that was chosen… is it mostly red so that people don’t get run over (red=danger!!) ;-P

5th palette (image from Rye Park Common) is muted – as I limited myself to five colours I seem to be missing more blues which is what I like the most about the image – the green is rather vibrant next to the soft egg blue sky – in post production the trees have an added reddish glow about them too.

I prefer red around me though – I have red cups, red shelves, red curtain, red blanket on the sofa – which is brown unfortunately, as the red version wasn’t on sale at the time 🙁 so I do have to make myself buy other colours.

I bought these cups from the gift shop in Somerset House (actually waiting for a friend who was an hour late) and they had a display of hand formed clay mugs which were in a range fantastic colours – shame I can’t find a picture of them (they were also lit very well and I just couldn’t help myself) – I got one red and one in a lovely green.

The last time went to Ikea to buy some frames for photographic work to be sold in a Brixton shop (see my photo site for more info on that!) I got a mix of plates and bowls in different colours… why do they have to match?

Ikea green plates
Ikea green plates
Blue :-)
Blue 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I do like silver too – I used to paint my desk silver – my filing cabinet has been silver, then red, back to another shade of silver… it currently sports the ‘distressed’ state of silver with red showing through 😀

more homework… and an update on the ‘wavy’ pattern

 

I have a tendency to go off on tangents especially if I have several projects on the go.

I need to reread and concentrate on one item whilst doing this course.

The accidental tomato...

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 Paint blobs…

I wasn’t too keen on my paint blogs and experiments in different paints but after seeing them close up in photoshop I’ve changed my mind.

I need to rescan each bit at a higher rate but I love the cracks in the paint and if you blow up paint ‘splodges’ of fingerprints it takes on a whole new dimension.

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The same thing for a couple of pages of pen ink that I blew all over the page… so close up scans will have to be done on those… I have a long list of things to do.Image

motifs from doodles
motifs from doodles
motifs from doodles
motifs from doodles

This the original sketch that I took the motifs from… some are formed from twisting the image over itself so that elements are mirrored into themselves if that makes sense.

Original-Doodle-Shell-sketch


Wavy Collection

I did have a little play with some of the forms from the ‘Wavy’ Doodle I did mentioned in my previous post… liking these ones a lot more.

Wavy Collection mockup
Wavy Collection mockup