Working faster and scribbling ideas down in this tiny notebook is working out much better than concentrating on tedious, large pieces.
Surface Pattern 5, yes I skipped 4! The reason for that is technically my fourth pattern was one made on Skillshare. I'm slightly obsessed with Skillshare by the way, it's full of video's from amazing people (teachers) that can help you learn new skills. For someone creative like myself that consistently wants to learn new things it's amazing. That pattern was centred around a Spring theme (set by SPD Elizabeth Olwen) and you can see it here.
I wasn't as happy with my Spring pattern. I don't tend to use bright colours to in a bid to take myself out of my comfort zone I did just that. It didn't really fit my aesthetic in the end so my fifth attempt (shown above) follows the same florals but is darker with some small mustard and teal highlights.
This is my third pattern attempt since starting and I'm feeling much better about my style coming out and my digital drawings ability to mimic my pencil. Since last time I've been to the Whitworth gallery in Manchester to see the Tibor Reich and wallpaper exhibitions and both of these greatly inspired me to try harder and but also to be a bit more relaxed about colour and mark making. I find it particularly hard to let go and want to make everything perfect (even in sketchbooks) but lately I've been literally scribbling ideas down and this is definitely helping me in the long run.
I'm in the middle of reading Vivienne Westwood's biography so random sentences make their way in to the middle of scribbles also. It's a bit departure from the way that I usually work when I'm drawing portraits, which is always in pencil and barely using a rubber because I'm so certain of the marks I'm making. I hate going back to something and erasing it because it gets messy and I would never ever use a pen in a sketchbook usually but since this little notebook is so small, I don't feel so bad about it.
Recently I've still been trying to fit in creating some patterns when I have spare time and most recently I've been trying to capture the things that I can make in pencil, on the computer screen. This sounds like something that can be achieved easily but already having experience of drawing or painting more traditionally, and drawing on the computer, I can safely say that they are quite different. Using illustrator is quite the same in terms of the dissimilarities between pencil and screen. The complete satisfaction of using vector where you can draw a wonky rough line and have it turned into a beautifully smooth one is offset by the feeling that I just can't quite get what I have on paper, look the same on the screen. I'm sure this is due to my lack of practice and knowledge of the programme but it's great fun trying to get there.
One of my major issues to overcome is my lack of ability with colour. I really like muted tones, greys and colours that 'match' to the point where nothing in my patterns is standing out. Without varied hues it all looks a bit flat and boring (to me anyway) so I'm trying to work on using limited palettes and using photographs that I think have complimenting colours to create colour swatches. Also, I'm finding that although I think a pattern looks good up close, when zoomed out to see the whole pattern, maybe mine are too detailed meaning that they would only look good on something large like wallpaper? Meaning that if they were printed on to something small they might look too confusing to the eye, so maybe I'll work on simplifying.