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I actually created a pattern, people!  After several weeks of trying to figure out the monster that is Adobe Illustrator, I created a design and got it to repeat.  I am elated!  This was a super simple one but at least it worked.  And it’s kind of sweet.  Anyway, on to figure out how to create more complex ones and then, of course, conquer the world!!



Another sketch to vector. What’s especially fun is to use the color wheel tool and randomize the given colors so they keep changing places. I’m not explaining it well…but it’s really cool 🙂

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Playing with Flowers

I scanned this sketch in and then proceeded to outline it and color it in.  It’s interesting to me that as I am in the process, the pieces don’t seem very good.  Then I finish and pull back from the whole thing and, low and behold, I kind of like it.  This happens to me with just about every painting I do as well.  You think I’d learn to reserve judgement for a while.


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First, Sketch and Doodle

I don’t foresee becoming someone who can create art first on the computer.  I’m a sketcher, a doodler.  So the Image Trace option is great for me–sketch first, scan it in, and then mess away with it to my heart’s content.  These buildings (castles?) were inspired by a painting I did a few weeks ago and now find themselves on Illustrator.  I kind of love them.Screen Shot 2016-02-10 at 10.29.45 AM.png

Surface Pattern Design…My New Adventure

I’ve taken on something big, something really big.  I’m learning Adobe Illustrator.  This is huge, guys.  It’s all because I came across a story about a surface pattern designer and thought, no way…that sounds AMAZING!  It turns out Illustrator is the starting point.  I’m hoping to post several times each week something related to this journey…sketches, Ai images, inspiration, color palettes, etc.  So if anyone is interested, feel free to follow along.  Away we go!


Learning to copy and rotate an image, as well as create a color palette for it, took a couple of hours.  But the end result produced these cute little guys, so, you know, it’s all good 🙂


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