Whew! I did it. All three of the final assignments are posted. Hallelujah AMEN! I spent all day yesterday thinking I still had a piece to do for the advanced assignment. Which meant a late, late night. I was done, and didn’t even know it.
I am starting my painting for today this afternoon, so tomorrow I will post two paintings for Leslie’s challenge.
Make It In Design Summer School – Final Assignments
To revisit the first and second assignments just click on the links. I’d really love to hear what you think.
Make It In Design is a collaboration between internationally acclaimed surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kempton (formerly Nicholls!), founder of Do What You Love. They are based in the UK. All courses are delivered online and are accessible from anywhere in the world. They also publish MOYO magazine, the world’s first online magazine dedicated to surface pattern design.
Everyone submitting work for all three creative briefs in their track (Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced) will be entered into a draw to win a free place on The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design. We also have the opportunity to be featured in their Look Book, which will be shared with their industry-wide network later this year.
I so admire the work these women are producing.
Beginner Track Brief 3
Each brief is five to eight pages of inspiration and direction. We are left to our own interpretation of the theme. The megatrend, or over riding influence, for all three assignments was Dissonance. The final theme for brief 3 was Jewels. We were not assigned a palette, though one was suggested. I chose colors from the Advanced palette, to use for all three assignments with the intention of creating a mini collection, designs that would work together.
I wanted to create an abstract, graphic design. My take on diamonds. This was created entirely on the computer. Some of the key words they supplied: hard, simple, clean, decadent, sophisticated. I will be adding links once I have added these to my shops. You can click on the image to see a larger version.
Intermediate Track Brief 3
The theme here was Feathers, I did use variations of two of the assigned palette colors. The gold and blue. Key words supplied included: feathers, quills, wings, smooth, soft, dreamy. I wanted to use sharp edges, to coordinate with the Jewels piece. Again, abstracted shapes. I painted these in watercolor and added digital details, you can see more of the process here.
I started in another direction… but it just didn’t take flight. I didn’t realize until I had just about finished though, that it would not have impact. These feathers were painted in watercolor, and the lines were added digitally. I just decided that it was a bit on the kindergarten level, and I was aiming higher. Still, these feathers may find their way into something else, never know.
We were also assigned a mock up, and this is the one I turned in. (Below)
Advanced Track Brief 3
Our assignment was Intricate Chaos. Among the key words: intricate, paper-cut, detailed, stained glass. I did not cut loose on this, not sure I got the chaotic dissonance aspect. But I love this design. It turned out exactly as I had envisioned. My artist friends will know that doesn’t often happen.
The design above I had first thought of as a secondary design, smaller scale to coordinate with the design below. But once I had completed this, I realized – DUH – Intricate!!! So I ditched my intended and non-existent advanced design idea. I will create it at a later time, to go along with all of these.
Click on the image to see details. The feathers were painted in watercolor. Then I scanned them into the computer and manipulated them in Photoshop. I cleaned up the edges, but I did leave some rough and wobbly bits. Not too perfect.
There are only five shapes, but I used some in reverse, or mirror image, to give more variance. The circles and lines, are really just one digital design, I made it a little larger than the feather shapes, so I could place it differently on each feather. I wanted them to all relate, but not be the same. Once I saw the white on the bright feathers, WOOO WHOOOO!
I wanted white to be a major player in each of these designs. Crisp and clean. I don’t usually lean towards red, but this color combo was just calling me. The colors in all three are actually off just a bit, so they don’t work as a collection. But I can go in and digitally alter them to coordinate. I created this simple toss as well….so that is five patterns in 7 days. (whoa)
I loved taking part in this challenge, oh and it was challenging. I am really happy with six of the nine designs, not a bad average. These designs will be available at Spoonflower as fabrics, wall paper, gift wrap and decals. Also I will put them on products in my Zazzle shop.
Thanks for taking a look, and following me on this journey. As always, I would love to hear your thoughts, comments are always welcome!
Congratulations Sheila!!!!!!!! What an accomplishment! Whew is right! I bet you are glad that you are finished. All your hard work definitely paid off because these are wonderful. I love the designs you have created. Have a super weekend.
Oh Joan, thanks so much! So glad you like them 🙂
WOW WOW WOW!! These designs are super Sheila. The Last one, Intricate Chaos is absolutely STUNNING!!! You really hit it on the nail there. 🙂 A fine job well done! I’m most impressed with your advancement and creativity. I’m sure this one will be in demand. Keep it up!
Thanks so much Sylvie! (blushing) I really love that we can share our design highs and lows, and bounce ideas off each other. Best to you always my friend 🙂
I love the Intricate Chaos the best- really really cool!
Thank You so much Kat, hope you all are doing well, and feeling great!
Thank you for talking about your class. I love seeing your patterns and the mock-ups. I need to stop quilting so I can do this! I did take an online class once and bombed–couldn’t get past the 2nd assignment because I guess I’m more clueless on the computer than I thought. They were speaking a language that I didn’t understand. And it was a beginning class! I do have a book. I just need to take the time and go slow. For now I will just enjoy seeing what you create.
Thank you Pam, I wrote it with you in mind, and another friend who wants to try her hand at patterns. Don’t forget, if you ever have questions… you know where to find me. Thanks for stopping by!
Love where you’re going with this patterns! Some of them have such a retro vibe but modern and fresh!
Thank you Barbara 🙂 You are right, I didn’t see retro before, but now I do.