Architecture Patterns

A couple of weeks ago I did a little tour of my city, taking pictures of all the architecture patterns I came across.

This little exercise really goes to show that you can find inspiration from literally anywhere. And it’s amazing what a splash of color can do to a piece.

Also, let me just say this, it’s a good effort for a city that isn’t quite strong in the architecture field. I was really at my wits end with this exercise.

Here some of the photos that inspired these patterns!


Well, that’s all for now!

Until next time!

(4) Yellow

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Yellow was this time’s prompt. Nothing else, just the word yellow. Unlike the previous prompts I feel this one has been the most vague yet. Before starting I had no idea how to tackle this one, I was too used to having things being pretty specific so I got a little too comfortable. But just like any old idea I I went straight to the drawing board and got brainstorming. In the end since it was just the color yellow, I decided to create a pattern with all things yellow I could find inside my house. Thinking back at the time it was actually kind of difficult, yellow isn’t my favorite color so yellow objects were actually a rare find, but in the end I was able to get an interesting haul.

For the illustration, instead of my preferred vector style I decided to go for a more sketch-like feel. To me the contrast in line weight and the free form shapes gave the objects a little more personality. Since the prompt was yellow, it made sense to me to make all of the illustrations yellow, but making them all a similar shade made the pattern a little too flat, so I threw in various shades in the mix and it now has a stronger appeal this way.

All in all it was a fun, yet simple prompt. It felt like a nice break to doodle things I wouldn’t normally draw. Thinking back at it now if I had decided to go for a more realistic approach it would have definitely gave the illustration a different feel, perhaps a more mature feel if you will. Maybe next time I’ll give that go, realism is not a style I would automatically turn to, but then again it does have it’s own charm and it could really make the illustration into something else!

Well that’s all I have to say! 

Next illustration prompt is…

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Until next time!!

#10DaysofFoliage

I don’t remember if I have mentioned this before but every now and then I am following along to these exercises in this book Color + Pattern by Khristin A. Howell. It’s a really fun book especially for those really into pattern design.

For this current exercise I was doing I had to gather 10 different types of foliage and make a pattern out of them. It was pretty straightforward at first but during the design process, boy did I struggle. After the fourth pattern, it started to get a bit more difficult coming up with ways to design the leaves differently from the previous pattern.

As you can probably tell the formatting for a couple of them seems similar so that’s something I really need to work on, but at least the style of how each foliage is done has its own flavor. All in all, it was a fun exercise and it would be interesting to see what would have happened if it was a different subject matter.

Until next time!

Would you like some tea?

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Here is a nice little project I took some time to do.

This was actually inspired after heading to a coffee museum at Heyri Art Village down in South Korea during one summer. Looking at all the old-time teapots I couldn’t help but think that these would make a really cool pattern. Something about the designs and shape of the teapots really captured my attention. They gave off this classy, regal vibe. That could have also been due to the fact that they are from back in the day. One of those “coffee through the ages” type of thing.

All in all, it was a fun little side project, and I do have to say that I’m really glad that I added in those line drawings in. It really gives the teapots more character in addition to the fun color scheme. Honestly, I wouldn’t mind having a teapot like those if it meant I could keep the funky designs!

Until next time!

Chocolate Truffles

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It’s been awhile since I last posted but times have been a bit busy which has kept me from updating this blog, but I am back which this sweet post!

I know I already have a whole lot of other projects going on but I couldn’t help but make this into a pattern after seeing how well the first sketch turned out despite it coming from one of my drawing prompt books. The sketch is a little on the cutesy side of things, but it reminded me a lot of this illustration I did for a mentorship. So I thought, “hey, why not! Let’s make more chocolate illustrations!”

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*The original sketch from the prompt book 

 

*Sketches for the final pattern 

However, for this version, I decided to make it a little classier and I decided to remove the wrappers because at that point it started to get a little too cluttered for my taste. In the end, the final product gives a more mature yet fun vibe. The texture added on some of the chocolates definitely give the body more dimension, it also helps keep the pattern from appearing too flat. All in all, I have to say this pattern is definitely making me crave something sweet right about now.

Until next time!

Floral Patterns

A couple of months back I got this book called Color + Pattern by Khristian A. Howell. It’s basically a book with a whole bunch of exercises for pattern design. I briefly looked through the exercises and they all seem to be easy enough to do, and I thought to myself, “Hey! Why not!”

The first practical exercise was to buy a bouquet of flowers and then create two different motifs out of them. It was a quite fun exercise and I got some pretty interesting sketches out of it. The images above were the patterns I came up with in the end with different color palettes applied to it.

Personally, I liked the last four the most because they have an upbeat and fun vibe to them, I can definitely see them be applied to a whole sort of materials. I do enjoy the first two though; they have a cute yet subtle appeal to them, but as for personal taste, the last four does it for me!

So that’s it for now, I’ll continue to post the results I end up getting from these exercises, and as for the “weekly” illustrations, they’re getting done, but surprise surprise, I’m a little behind.  However, I trust myself to get all of them done within the year!

Until next time!