Start at the very beginning

It’s that time again – the business cards need a refresh. Today I have been playing with ideas for a new design.

After a bit of head-scratching I decided to base the illustrative components around the practical aspects of image making. As a starting point, I sketched out some of the basic tools of the trade.

I’d like to incorporate some of these as elements of the design, but having made these sketches I decided I’d also like to include some more organic, flowing elements too.

Hurrah! An idea has begun to take shape – phew!

Back to the sketchbook for now,  before staring work on the high-res artwork 🙂

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Wild Botanicals

A pattern swatch today. While I designed it with my art nouveau project in mind, I’m liking the idea of this as a fabric print – perhaps fashioned into an elegant tea dress for a summer afternoon.

I feel the sewing machine calling 🙂

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Balance

Two cranes today. I love drawing birds – one of my favourite subjects, whether realistic or stylised.

My initial sketches were done with a stylus on my tablet. I then recreated them as vector drawings and blocked out some shading. I now have scalable graphics that will make nice embellishments for an art nouveau styled poster layout.

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Little boxes

Some more vector brushes.

The moth pattern uses the same hand-drawn beastie I used for the repeating pattern.

The leaf and fence patterns below are drawn digitally. I’ll be adding some hand-drawn ‘finials’ to these, which will occupy any corners when using the brush to draw boxes and borders.

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Decorative notions

Today I’ve made some decorative vector brushes to use in my projects – they’ll make nice page borders and dividers. To make them, I start with hand drawn elements, then convert them to vector format before defining how the brush will work.

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There’s also a simple acorn pattern, continuing with the natural elements I’ve been including in this week’s designs. Like the brushes, I’ve been making this week’s patterns from simple, hand-drawn elements, which I then digitise to make a seamless repeat.

Happy Saturday 🙂