Due to being close to running out of free posts on this blog I decided to set up a brand new blog for my third year of my degree. Please check out my new posts which will firstly feature my 10 week internship in sunny Malta and then my work over the last year of my degree.
It is always rewarding seeing my repeat patterns on a product, this time I will be using photographs from hospitals. It was actually really hard to find good photographs with high restitution so some of the displacement mapping isn’t as successful as I hoped.
It was quite hard to find images of young children under the age of 10 so I decided to do young teenagers. First I have done the gowns and then I thought I would carry on with the socks. I am not as happy with this outcome.
I really liked this photograph, the patterns look quite good too. My favourite one is the middle one with red and orange swans repeat.
I really like this girl, even though she is in a hospital gowns she is smiling. This is a good photo for my collection. I tried two different repeats I think the red and orange one with swans suits it better. I have also changed the colour of the background because it looked a bit out of place around the hair and removed the logo.
I also like this girl because of her happiness. I tried putting a pattern on to a gown but the surface was too small so it didn’t look as effective so I’ve tried it on the bedding and I am quite happy with the outcome. I want to try out more interiors surfaces for displacement mapping.
I decided to do displacement mapping on to bedding. It looks good but I am not as happy with it as I expected to be.
I decided to move on from the bedding and try hospital curtains. First I’ve done the bottom right one but not all the patterns worked with each other and the order of the patterns didn’t work quite right. I really like the outcome on the left.
For my last submission I have designed detailed embroidery repeats and patches. They were produced on digital stitch machines.
After considering the cost and the time it would take to stitch out the meters and meters of fabric needed for the gowns I decided to just focus on print. Also I really like the patches but they would not be cost effective, I might however still include them in my exhibition.
This parrot all over designs is done a little bit differently than all the other designs. I just copied on the motifs at random to cover nearly all the page. I decided to leave some white bits so it’s not too dark. I faded the whole layer out which gave quite an interesting outcome which sadly wouldn’t work for my collection. This repeat turned out really dark so I’ve brighten it up a little bit.
I love the symmetry of this parrot and that it creates additional patterns in the negative spaces.
I like symmetry, I though if I draw straight lines in Photoshop but make them dip where the motif is it might look good. It didn’t, this I probably the worst outcome.
Parrot on leaves. I wanted to try doing a pattern that wasn’t so carefully thought out like the other ones. I really like this one and the link between parrots and leaves I’ve created. I’ve changed the opacity of the background to 80% and also moved the red parrot on the top leaf to the centre.
Swan with flowers and leafs motif looks so cute. I decided to use a simple half drop repeat and added the leaves as a background. I have also mirrored one of the columns to create variety in my designs.
Changed the colour of the swan and used less flowers as a motif. I think the yellow and red complement each other very well. Decided not to use the flowers in the top layer but as a background. The yellows swan repeat looks quite effective but plain. I also like the multi-colour flower repeat. After adding them together I think it is too busy, maybe if I played with scale and fading more.
Orange and red swans. I made quite a single motif and decided to repeat it in strait vertical lines. It looked quite plain so I decided to play around with the same repeat and fading out tool again. I think it works for this design very well.
Random flamingos. The flamingo translated amazingly in to Photoshop. Had a little play around with multi-colour then decided to do yellow and green only.
I thought why not use the pattern I already have as a background? It look a little too busy so I faded the back layer 80%. Still didn’t look quite right so I decided to fade the bottom layer even more to 60% and made the top layer bigger. I am really happy with this design I think it would work very well on many surfaces not just hospital gowns.
Decided to play with scale by making the repeat small. Played with colour and also added the previous pattern on it. I think it’s looks too busy even after fading the bottom layer.
Swan with flowers and leafs motif looks so cute. I decided to use a simple half drop repeat and added the leaves as a background.
After getting my feedback I was happy with the grade but I wasn’t happy with the work I produced. I wanted to work on it more and happily we had few weeks of independent study. I decided to do some more drawings showing more techniques which I can then translate in to motifs and patterns in Photoshop,
Flamingo, painted using acrylic paints. I’ve used a pulling technique to create texture. I am really proud of it however I think I need to work on the feet/claws a little bit more.
Parrots. I created those parrots using dry paint pulling technique. I like the textures on the wings and bodies of the birds but again I need to work on the claws.
Parrot in watercolours. I wanted to experiment with a different media so I chose to use watercolour to represent the vibrant colours. I used a black fine lined for outlines as I wanted to show detail of the wings.
Parrot in acrylic. I decided to do the same parrot in acrylic again as I feel like my acrylic painting skills are better. Also I think it work better for the collection I have in mind.
I really like the pink and white flowers that I’ve done using dry paint pulling technique. I think they will look good in my designs.