Back to MATS Bootcamp…

sorry for not posting for awhile but I was trying to set up a self hosted blog and got lost in all the details of woo commerce and design elements… I’m now thinking I was wasting my time and just stick to this version instead. sigh (just remembered that visitors get random adverts… )

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD) course has ended – a group of the students met up and we went to the Textile Museum in Bermondsey which I have walked past but never actually went in.

Fashion & Textile Museum logo
Fashion & Textile Museum logo

Tiny but such a cool collection. – ends tomorrow! The book looks cool and I hope to buy it soon… keep buying books so I’m trying to wait for a bit as feeling rather skint 🙁

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol
ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

I ate some Melon… forgot about it and then saw this… the middle bit is all rubbery which grossed me out.. yet intrigued so I took a photo… then couldn’t help myself and made a repeat pattern out of it!

Melon star Repeat Pattern
Melon star Repeat Pattern

 

Ok… back to the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp course.

we had to draw some dolls/faces… I wont show you mine as they are not very good.

the next part of the project… someone trying to meditate…

 

pencil sketch
pencil sketch
wild background... more druggy than meditative!
Vector girl with textures via photoshop – wild background… more druggy than meditative!
why I've done such tiny details is beyond me... perhaps my type of procrastination??
why I’ve done such tiny details is beyond me… perhaps my type of procrastination??

not even close to finishing… I also want to try a watercolour version too… I plan to create lots of ‘stuff’ that she’s trying to keep at bay.. meditation is hard and I know that myself as I’ve been doing it for the last month. I use guided meditation though… I could do with some positive brainwashing right now 😉

Vector version with textures added.
Vector version with textures added via illustrator.

I’m thinking she might need eyelashes after all… was hoping the line texture I’ve used would do as not everyone uses makeup in meditation classes or day to day (holds hand up!)

update… I tried re-sketching her but decided I didn’t like it so continued with the vector version… MATS Bootcamp gave a colour palette of blue so I changed her outfit and cushion to fit with this… I really like the red cushion above though!

I also tried a blonde version but really need to look up a blonde palette as I just tweaked it manually and I still prefer her red hair – which was an accident as I initially outlined the sketch in Illustrator with red just to see what I was doing. I do like red hair and died my hair various shades of red for most of my adult life. (it’s now has a reddish tinge mixed with a lot of grey and white!!)

blue& blonde  version of meditating girl illustration
blue& blonde version of meditating girl illustration

redid the textures for tunic/leggings and hair – added a few effects via my photography related plugins … all hazy and druggie lol… not quite what meditation is about… oh well… all in the name of trying stuff out 🙂

meditating girl illustration
meditating girl illustration

oh and I gave her another foot… looked a little uncomfortable before.

Final submission for MATS Bootcamp May 2014

gargh… don’t you just hate it when you forget to copy the text just incase wordpress decides to throw a wobbly!
anyway… didn’t have time to change her hair (right side) and should have put in a notebook/distractions around her but this is what I finally submitted (deadline today)

urgh… I can spot a million things to change… I was suppose to soften the background grittiness as it’s too dirty looking… weird shadow edge needed softening too… sigh oh, all practice and learning.

Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014
Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014

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