Well, that's a small lie. Technically this was my second attempt at surface pattern design using Illustrator. My first try ended up as a boring wash of pinks and greys that didn't even line up. After following Skillshare tutorials this was my attempt at practicing the basics of pattern design, which turned out to be much harder than I thought. Even though I use Photoshop and other painting programmes regularly, Illustrator seems harder for me to navigate, which results in something that probably takes 1 second, taking me 10 minutes, but the more I use the programme, the better I'm getting at short cuts and such. For me this was an exercise in using colour because I tend to prefer muted palettes, blacks and greys. However, I wanted to push myself and use bolder colours, inspired by Russian folklore, to see where it took me.
Digressed into pure scribbles.
This is one of my new paintings which I've decided to call Bug. I think she's super pretty but I'm absolutely terrified of butterflies so I'm glad that they're safely encased in an image and not fluttering around my head.
Below are some work in progress shots showing scribbly little starts.
Rat Queens - Image Comics
I've only read volume 1, which I'm pretty sure is issues 1-5, but already I think that Rat Queens is pretty fantastic. It follows the lives and exploits of a group of four crazy adventurers that seemingly want to take on the world and everyone in it. At first I thought that the female characters were so far removed from the stereotypical females that are usually depicted that they almost bordered on to becoming too 'male'. I think that was to do with the ridiculous foul language constantly used, however as the story progressed that thought drifted from my mind and (as was pointed out to me) I probably swear more than they do. Drawing wise, Rat Queens looks fucking beautiful ;) and has so much detail, even in the really small images, which I assume is really hard to do. The characters are all different and develop at various different plot points so it's easy to learn about them and pick your favourite. So far, mine is definitely Dee, not being able to socialise at a party and bringing a book instead is something I can sympathise with and she also has the ability to heal, which is cool as hell. Volume 2 is out at the end of April and I definitely want to find out what happens next.