DESIGNING PATTERNS AND BREAKING FREE FROM THE COMPUTER

ZARA MARTINA
“Helping you take control of your artistic business”

So I’m continuing with the whole Skillshare theme and sharing my class projects as I complete them. I’m excited to share this particular class with you all because it really got my creative juices flowing again and also dragged me away from the computer.

Sometimes I find I spend far too long working on the computer in Adobe than I should and when I actually drag myself away that’s when I create some of my best work. I’m not saying this is awesome but it’s certainly got me back to experimenting with different media and hopefully you will see much more of this style.

 

“Sometimes I find I spend far too long working on the computer and love the results of just putting pencil to paper”

ZARA MARTINA

First, a little bit about the Skillshare class I took that fired up my creativity. I’ll let the teacher, Hanny, explain in the introductory video below.

Hanny’s class shows you how to experiment with different size pens and brushes and combine with watercolor. It’s a great way to mix things up and bring texture and depth to your art.

HOW I DEVELOPED MY PAINTING INTO A PATTERN

Originally I completed a painting (on real paper) but in order for it to work as a repeat pattern, I painted the motifs and watercolor textures separately so it gave me more room to play around with the design once working in Photoshop. So I scanned the new images into Photoshop and added color and texture to the pattern later on.

 

ORIGINAL PEN AND INK PAINTING

ILLUSTRATIONS

NEW LINE ILLUSTRATION READY FOR SCANNING INTO PHOTOSHOP

I loved the look of the black ink and the watercolor in the original but when I started playing with the colors in Photoshop, I could see how reversing the black could work better in this pattern. The finished pattern is a mixture of mostly real painting and some digital work in Photoshop.

Below is one of my mockups to show you how versatile this pattern can be. Also, I like to work with layers in Photoshop which helps because I can then pick elements from the original and use separately as you can see on the cushions below. If you’re interested, the mock-up is available to purchase in my store.

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That’s all, see you soon..

 

 

 

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