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!

(7) Sailor Fuku

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I honestly didn’t know what a sailor fuku was, I thought it had something to do with being a type of sailor. Boy, was I far off. It was actually something I have seen plenty of times through art and anime shows, I just never knew the correct term for them.

For those who don’t entirely know, sailor fukus are military styled naval uniforms that are commonly worn by middle school and high school girls in Japan. The alteration of the uniform will depend on where you live in the country, but the base design is a blouse with a sailor-style collar and pleated skirt.

This prompt was quite fun to do, mainly because I have always liked the designs of Japanese uniforms since I was a child. The designs were a whole lot cuter than the clothes I saw in my middle school, think a whole lot of teenagers still trying to find themselves and their style. A wild ride. So when I saw these types of uniforms when I was younger I was extremely jealous. But there probably are some cons to wear uniforms, but I won’t get into that now, this ain’t that kind of blog post.

I have drawn these uniforms before in random doodles and sketches but it’s been awhile since I have been able to sit down and look at the details of how they are designed. This way you can really appreciate the small difference from uniform to uniform despite them all being considered a sailor fuku.

This prompt really takes me back… But that’s all for now!

Next prompt is!


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(5) A Sentient or Empathic Weapon

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Not very empathetic are we?

This prompt gives me flashbacks to #AdventureApril with the whole fantasy setting. Though the main difference here I had to find a way to show that the weapon can communicate, and what better way than speech bubbles.

I actually enjoy this comic style, many of my sketchbooks are full of these kinds of doodles. You can figure a lot about a character just based on their physical appearance, but I think their personality really shows when you put them in situations of dialogue. It’s always fun to see how your characters grow and develop when they’re speaking and interacting with others. But then again, that’s just how I like to do things.

But back to the illustration, I have played many games where there has been a sentient or an empathic weapon, but the ones I really enjoy are the ones when your weapon gets a little sassy. It adds an interesting dynamic to the mix and it also lightens up the already serious plot line. So here’s my take on it!

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(4) Yellow


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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(3) A Roaring Fireplace

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A fireplace. Almost every house has one, but how often do you even use yours? In my case I rarely use mine. I don’t have the traditional fireplace where you have to throw logs in. It’s one of those fancier one’s where you can flick a switch and the fire just appears. Even though its been made to be a lot more convenient for us, I still seldom use it.

So I don’t have much experience cozying up to an actual roaring fireplace, yet almost everyone knows the feeling. The one where you huddle up next to a buddy/significant other, sipping on a hot beverage and absorbing in all the good vibes. A wonderful feeling.

For this prompt I channeled those vibes to create this illustration. Before I was planning on doing a Christmas themed illustration, but that felt a little cliche, plus I want these illustrations to be a little more timeless. In the end I went for a more modern kind of setting (thank you, Pinterest for all the references!).

I also wanted to try something a little different, which is also something I want to get better at doing. Which is scanning your usual pencil sketch, and cleaning it up in photoshop. I don’t do it often, mainly because I only recently figured out one way to actually do it, but I feel it’s definitely an important skill to have especially if you want to turn your traditional art into prints you want to sell. So testing that method here is a good start.

The original pencil sketch wasn’t this black and white. Before it was a lot of white space with your additional splash of color, courtesy of the copic markers. But when I was editing it through Photoshop I realized that it was just lacking in terms of visual appeal. So, I decided to crank up the volume and push those values, and thank god I did. The image feels more complete like this, plus it really allows those cooling and calming colors to shine through and do their thing.

Was this what I originally thought of when I first pictured a roaring fireplace?


But it definitely sends off those chills vibes and cozy atmosphere.  

Now I’m craving some hot cocoa.

Next prompt!!


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PS. Can you see the cat?


Back in April, I took part in this fun prompt challenge called #adventureapril. It was mainly like a fantasy-adventure kind of challenge where you created all sorts of characters from heroes to barmaids to wizards. It was definitely a lot of fun, and more importantly, it definitely helped me get the more acquainted painting in photoshop. You can definitely tell I fell into a style at one point.

But as taxing as it got a one point I definitely would do something like this again. It really pushed your creative walls and also helped me get faster at using certain tools.

A great experience in all aspects I would say!

Well, that’s all for now.

Until next time!