Inspired by…making mistakes.

My brain is fried. You know that feeling..eyes strained, mind foggy, head woozy…

Paint fumes? I wish!

No, I have been sitting in front of a computer for 4 hours… I know for some of you that is nothing, but for a gal like me that spends maybe a couple of hours a day max, flipping through tabs, surfing pinterest,catching up on the latest blog…  todays mental thought process was exhausting.

Welcome to my new life in the surface pattern design world….Today,I was digi deep into Illustrator and Photoshop.I had two computers, a camera and a scanner on the go. I felt like quite the techie. I also felt way out of my element with many a thought about the futility of it all….

My happy place…

The art and business of surface pattern design, color collage

The art and business of surface pattern design

Color collage, magazine clippings,The art and business of surface pattern design

I am 3 weeks in to The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. I have been sketching, stitching, sticking and stamping up a storm. I have been deep into discovery playing with different mediums and marks. I  have been very happy covered in glue and paint.

leaf motiv, ink sketch,The art and business of surface pattern design

But, who’s kidding who. This is just a form of procrastination for what I really should be doing now. Tackling Photoshop and Illustrator…the digi world that I have felt lurking in the background.

I need to get all of this hands on goodness into the computer…

 ink sketch,The art and business of surface pattern design
Wouldnt he just look so much better full of color?

Our ABSPD Flicker pool is becoming full of digital goodness.I have been quite a good contributor, posting all of my sketching and such, but at week 3 we are a little beyond that now. As a  perpetual student I don’t like to fall behind.. I like to be at the front of the class, hand waving in the air.

So here are my first attempts at digital. For prosperity sake…

Ta da! My first ever digital pattern. I am laughing now as I could have at least scattered them around…but then, I didnt know how…I do now! Practice

A little color…..

photoshop color paletteMy first ever color palette..on photoshop.. made from one of my photos. Ok, I know I have done something wrong as the colors are way too bright. I think I am suppose to change them to RGB for the web.Patience

See what I mean?  Hours of learning to be had…Perseverance

I have so many colorful ideas going on in my head…now to get them into this world.

Practice~ Patience~ Perseverance

Keep reminding me…..

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10 thoughts on “Inspired by…making mistakes.

  1. Julie – Seeing your visual diary and colour palette takes me back… Illustrator never became my friend on my surface design journey, but another buddy has gone on to launch a fantastic business as a result of her iIllustrator development. I’m actually in awe of what she has achieved (given we attended the same classes!) It’s really quite cool to be sitting in Sydney and seeing what you are doing in Canada! Love your dragonfly (?) 🙂

  2. I think your dragonfly design is wonderful, Julie. You look like you’re having loads of fun. I like the black and white of it. Do you get help with the Photoshop and Illustrator part of the course, or are you supposed to sort that out for yourself? I love your doodling designs too. I’d have a big problem with the mood boards and colour swatches as I don’t buy magazines.
    What is the pace of the course like?

  3. Looks to me like you are doing a fantastic job. I’d love to take this class at some point. Glad you dove in because your illustrations are sure to make amazing patterns for fabrics and such. Have a lovely weekend my friend.

  4. FABULOUS STUFF!!!!! So happy to see some o your SPD work. It does keep you busy. I am still going through old lessons!!! Saw a bit of your sketchbook on Lori’s blog, just beautiful.

  5. What a great post. I feel a bit like that to, but not so prolific. Keep up the good work.
    A question, is the background image on your blog your own work… an illustration… painting… I love it. 🙂

    • Hi Dawn. Nice to see some ABSPD students here! The artwork on my background is from a collage project I have been working on. Its from my post…Rex ray and a collage a day..you may find it interesting! See you on Flickr.

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