funk

I’m in a creative funk. Haven’t been creating, drawing, or painting in weeks. I’m trying to break out of the funk and just joined SkillShare and highly recommend Bonnie Christine’s, Intro to Surface Pattern Design class. I’m learning how to use illustrator! Been immersed in learning illustrator and I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Going to start my first illustrator pattern this week using these bee sketches. Wish me luck.

Bees

What do you do to get out of a creative funk?

k

flowers

Just got back from vacation and have been busy regrouping. I want to share a pattern I’m working on this week. The original art is below and was created by Rose, my co-worker John’s daughter.

Original by Rose

Original by Rose

Here is the pattern I created from the flower. I love the muted colors. I want to use the other elements as texture. Need to research and find out how.

Flower by Rose

Flower by Rose

What have you been up to this week?

k

expanding your portfolio

In order to expand your portfolio, one needs inspiration. There are tons of summer classes for inspiration. Here are just a few that are currently happening –  Make It In Design, Making Art That Sells, and a Global Talent Search.

If you want to jump start your portfolio and work with some current trends, check out these fabulous mood boards for color and trend inspiration.

 Found on fashionvignette.blogspot.com


Found on fashionvignette.blogspot.com

Found on patterncurator.org

 Found on patterncurator.org


Found on patterncurator.org

Enjoy and happy creating!

k

happy valley yard

Hi! A couple weeks ago when I was showing you the interior of our house and the loop hiking trail, some of you asked to see pictures of the front and back yard. We rent and I don’t really like the paint job on our house, but it is quite a lovely view from our deck. Here are some shots of our front and back yard, enjoy!

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What are you up to this week?

k

summer and design competitions

It’s SUMMER! That usually means fog here in Santa Cruz.

foggy HV

So, I’ve been looking for fun things to cheer myself up and I found two design competitions that may be of interest to fellow designers.

The first pattern contest is with TigerPrint. They were formed in 1996 with ten people that worked out of a small office in Brighouse, West Yorkshire designing cutting edge card and wrap designs. They now have over 200 employees and offices in Bradford, London and Hong Kong.

TigerPrint has a monthly brief and this month it is called Characters Everyday. The competition is all about designing characters for Tigerprint’s Everyday range. Think male, female and love. Characters could be people or animals or objects brought to life. Check out the link for the brief. The deadline for patterns is June 15.

The second set of contests is with Spoonflower. They have a weekly contest and have two great briefs called Lemonade and Llamas in June.

Lemonade – Fresh lemon juice, water, and sugar come together to make this very delicious, very thirst-quenching summer drink. Do you like it sour or sweet? Deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, June 25th, 2015.

 Llamas – It’s time to travel to the South American Andes mountains to show your llama love! Give a go at creating a lovable llama themed design. Deadline for entry is Tuesday, June 30th, 2015. Voting will open Thursday, July 2nd, 2015.
Check them all out and have fun!
k