Day one, Done

Leslie Saeta’s September Challenge has begun. 30 paintings in 30 days. Over 700 artists worldwide are participating. The link above will take you to her post, where you can take a look at all the great art created today.  The map shows the countries represented. One of my favorite parts is viewing the daily creations of my friends. Hope you will take a peek.

I am finishing  my Summer School assignments, so these first few will be simple. Actually pieces of a surface pattern I am working on for school. I have several of these to work with, and you will see them in the next few days.

For the theme of Feathers… my first. The quill has gone missing, but I am thinking the design will be more about the shapes, than the details.

Feather, watercolor and pen. Approx. 4.5 in. long. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Feather, watercolor and pen. Approx. 4.5 in. long. © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Make It In Design Summer School – Brief Two

This week my design time was drastically reduced. I participated in a Creative Live course with Bonnie Christine of Going Home to Roost. Her class was a blast. Really intense. Three full days on Illustrator and surface pattern design. More on that in a bit.

I only had three days to complete my designs for the MIID assignments. I was determined to complete them all, so I had to simplify. K.I.S.S. Keep it simple, stupid.

Make It – Beginner

Tribal Shapes, MIID. Beginner Brief  2,  © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Tribal Shapes, MIID Beginner Brief 2, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

For the Beginner theme, Tribal Shapes, I came up with this basic repeat. I knew that I would incorporate it in the Tribal Collage for the advanced assignment.

MIID Beginner Brief 2 details

MIID Beginner Brief 2 details

 

 

 

 

 

I added lines to mimic a woven fabric, and then I erased them partly for a worn look. I used a  second brush to add splotches of color.

Make It – Intermediate

MIID Intermediate Brief 2, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

MIID Intermediate Brief 2, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Animal Print was the intermediate theme. I felt the need for steed. My original thought was to do some sort of quilted pattern of just hides. But then I thought about those terrible 70′s patchwork purses, and I just couldn’t go that route.  I am not sure this is better.  Animal prints in general are just not favorites of mine.

Faux horse hide

Faux horse hide

I added the same texture details, thinking of nubby old blankets, or an old itchy rug. I do like how the details turned out, but they do not translate well on screen, and I am not really sure they are visible in MIID gallery pages. I also completed the required product mock-up for this, and I really like how it looks in use.

Mock up, MIID Intermediate Brief 2

Mock up, MIID Intermediate Brief 2

Make It – Advanced

Tribal Collage, the advanced assignment, brought these elements together. I did this pattern in about six hours. Right up against the deadline.

MIID Advanced details

MIID Advanced details

So tell me what you think. Did I take the texture too far, or not far enough?

 

MIID Advanced Brief 2, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

MIID Advanced Brief 2, © 2014 Sheila Delgado

Design Surface Patterns From Scratch With Bonnie Christine

So amazing! Bonnie is a terrific teacher and she is so generous in sharing all she knows. To anyone interested in learning pattern design, I highly recommend this class. The instruction in Illustrator was geared specifically for pattern design. I have worked in Photoshop, honestly, because learning Illustrator seemed daunting.

Bonnie made it look so easy, she explained each step. I had planned on creating my MIID designs in Illustrator, because I was short on time I stuck with Photoshop. You know, learning curve.

But I am tackling Illustrator this weekend. Bonnie’s assignment is to create a six piece pattern collection.  FUN!!

Enjoy your weekend!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make It In Design Summer School – Brief 1

I am having so much fun in the Make It In Design Summer school! I have learned about 5 new techniques in Photoshop, really happy about that. Very simple techniques, but major “Aha” moments.

For the Beginning track, our assignment was “Tropical Paradise”. I decided to update an old pattern of mine. I have wanted to do this, and it seemed the perfect reason. I changed the palette, and added textures to the design. You can see the original here.

fun-foam-textured-sheets First I had to create the textures. I used textured fun foam craft sheets and ink pad to “stamp” the designs. Then I scanned the paper into the computer and digitally removed the background (paper) so I was left with just the dots, or waves. I also created some textures digitally.

My submission will probably give you a craving for a creamsicle. I decided to go soft and mellow with the new version.

 

MIID Beginning Track Brief 1 submission. © Sheila Delgado 2014

MIID Beginning Track Brief 1 submission. © Sheila Delgado 2014

MIID Beginning track swimsuit mock up.

MIID Beginning track swimsuit mock up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can see the complete gallery for the Beginner track here. Everyone really had fun with this theme. We also created swimsuit mock ups.

My submission for the Intermediate track, “Retro Geometric” is a classic Persian design that I tweaked a bit. I was very glad that for this assignment, we did not have to turn in a repeating pattern. The size of canvas I was working on was not large enough to show the repeat. I can easily take this design and add to it, to create a repeat.

MIID Intermediate track Brief 1. © Sheila Delgado 2014

MIID Intermediate track Brief 1. © Sheila Delgado 2014

MIID Retro Geometric pillow mock up

MIID Retro Geometric pillow mock up

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UUGGHH! I just realized I submitted the wrong design. Laughing at myself. Oh well! This is the first version I did (orange), and I just wasn’t feeling the colors. We were given a palette, but we were allowed to use tints as well, so it was pretty open. This was my submission.

Retro Geometric colorway 2. © Sheila Delgado 2014

Retro Geometric colorway 2. © Sheila Delgado 2014

Retro Geometric pillow mock up. © Sheila Delgado 2014

Retro Geometric pillow mock up. © Sheila Delgado 2014

And this in the cool tones, is what I meant to turn in.  (Hmm, sorry it is so blurry.) Which palette do you like better? I also did a design based on an old Native American rug.

 

The MIID site went down when we were all trying to submit our designs, and I am guessing in the middle of all that… brain fart.

You can see the Intermediate gallery here.

MIID Advanced track Brief 1 submission. © Sheila Delgado 2014

MIID Advanced track Brief 1 submission. © Sheila Delgado 2014

For the Advanced track, I created this design, based on a vase I have in my studio. Honestly, I just wasn’t coming up with any good ideas for the “Water Rays” theme.

I drew a bunch of line patterns, and circles, scanned them, and then pieced them together in Photoshop. This is not a repeating design, and that was not required for the assignment.

I was really second guessing this one towards the end. I had just the fish with the texture, and I thought if I added eyes, I would need to add a mouth, or more details to the body for balance. I was thinking that I did not want to add many more details, because the background is already so busy. When I added the eyes… the design just popped.

water rays suit mock up

MIID Advanced track swimsuit mock up.

I really like how it looks on the suit! You can view the Advanced track gallery here.

Participation in the Make It In Design Summer School, gives each designer the opportunity to win a free spot in their upcoming course, The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. They are giving away three spots, one for each track of the summer school. Exciting!

We get our assignments for the 2nd Brief on Monday, and I can’t wait! It is an achievement for me, to create 5 designs in one week, Whoa! And Whew!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Make It In Design Summer School

Make It In Design Summer School

Well I did it. Leave it to me.

I am taking part in the Make It In Design Summer School. 

I signed up for all three classes, thinking they would run one after the other. Nope.

So for the next six weeks, I will be busy creating 3 designs a week, repeating patterns. I am not alone in taking all three at once. That is a relief. Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced. There are over 5000 total signed up worldwide, how fun is that!

Classes started on Monday, and I already have my first design, almost done. Done if I don’t add any texture. (But of course I want texture.)

And if that was not enough, I have 2 more classes during the month of August, and in September I will be taking part in Leslie Saeta’s 30 Paintings In 30 Days. Yikes! I plan on painting small, and will try to keep my pattern designs on the simple side. On of my goals for these classes, is to build up my portfolio.

I am not going to show you my design just yet. But I will say that it is based on a Native American rug motif. There is still a chance I will do a 180 with it.

The possibilities are positively prolific!

 

 

 

Peppy Herb Pots

Peppy potted herbs pattern. Available at spoonflower.com, © Sheila Delgado 2014

Peppy potted herbs pattern. Available at spoonflower.com, © Sheila Delgado 2014

This week’s Spoonflower design contest theme was (bet you guessed it) Herb Garden.  In my earlier post I talked about my original idea for this. A watercolor design. Well, I did a 180 and went digital.

I am really happy with this design. It is much more simple than I had originally planned. I was going to add a secondary pattern in the background. Basil and Bay leaf shapes, some with texture for added interest.

I learned new skills while working on this. Love that! I am really proud of my little pots! Here is a close-up for you.

potted herbs close-up

Can you believe there are over 400 pieces here? Rosemary, chives and cilantro.

Creating the plants took longer than I thought they would. I am going to continue working on the secondary pattern, add it to this and create a small collection. I may also offer these in a grouping (like the close-up) for use as a decal.

Sitting here at my desk, I spotted this outside my window… teeny, tiny, and pink. Don’t forget to stop… and take notice.

There's a new leaf in town.

There’s a new leaf in town.