- The importance of painting and drawing by hand.
- Finding and analyzing your style.
- The value in having a broad style.
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Just a quick post today, to direct you to this great article on Pattern People about finding your niche in the print design industry. Whether you're newish to this industry, or more established but thinking about a change, this article has some good thoughts:
We'd love to hear your thoughts too.
Welcome to our new blog feature Creative Workshop. In this blog spot we will be exploring different artistic mediums that can be used to create unique surface pattern designs. If you have a technique you want to share let us know!
Our first medium to explore are oil pastels. I like oil pastels because they give you a very vibrant color unlike crayons and they blend in an interesting way. I started with a small set of 10 but you can buy larger sets for greater variety of color.
With my sketchbook in hand I began to draw flowers. If you have never worked with oil pastels before, it is a little like using a crayon. As the pastel moves across the page it interacts with the texture of the paper, unlike crayons the texture that is created is more intense. For mixing you can use the pastels or a smudge stick. This is where you begin to play, so have fun.
My one bit of advice is to make your motifs on the larger size. My motifs were 1 1/2 inches and as any Photoshop fan will tell you you can scale down with good results but you can not scale up. Once you have finished with your motifs scan them into your computer at 600dpi or higher. I find the higher the better for a cleaner image.
Now that it's in the computer, pattern people do your thing.
Take a look at what I came up with, below. I am so pleased with the oil paint look of the motifs, let's see what you come up with.
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You'll remember our two part post from last September about Bridgeman Studio, the contemporary art licensing branch of Bridgeman Images.
Their second annual Bridgeman Studio Award Competition has been announced. It opens on April 15th, and submissions are due by June 15th.
Three First Prize winners of the Bridgeman Studio Award will receive their very own product line on CultureLabel, featuring their images. They will also be invited to join Bridgeman Studio for licensing and given one year’s free subscription, a value of £100 ($150).
The Grand Prize for 2015 will be an exceptional commission as well as a £500 cash prize. The winner will be commissioned to design the Wilderness Festival map, which 10,000 visitors to the festival will receive on arrival. A work of art in itself, the map will be a foldout A3 size and will be accompanied by large-scale maps posted around the Wilderness site during the festival in August.
And now some relevant stuff. This is an International competition! You need not live in the UK to enter! The copyright to the artwork is retained 100% by the artist. Each artist may submit as many as five design ideas. The entry can be photography, illustration, digital art or fine art. All images must be 100% original copyright owned by the artist, and not use any third party copyright material. For more details, please see the link above.
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Kim Cooper Collections
Guild member Kim Cooper has introduced a line for high-end purveyor of home dec goods Guildery. Niatross is a set of coordinating patterns in soft and feminine pinks and greens. It is available as fabric, curtains, pillows and small upholstered goods.
Meanwhile, Katja Ollendorff was recently featured on the popular surface pattern design blog, Print & Pattern. Our Katja is widely followed on Pinterest, where she also curates custom boards for internationally known companies such as J. Crew. Katja was previously featured on PatternObserver as well.
Our next meeting promises to be a fascinating one. Two of our Bay Area guild members, Miriam Dym and Kevin Harris, will share their journeys as surface pattern designers, and small batch production of art textiles. Both Kevin and Miriam produce gorgeous scarves, and textiles for the home. While the abstract style of each artist is inspired by nature, they have very different approaches, as well as production methods. This is an evening that is sure to fascinate and inspire!
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pattern design related news, information, or tips to share? We want to hear from you!