Finding Inspiration ~ From Shadow to Surface Pattern

BlogHop - {artistically afflicted blog} surface pattern design, inspiration,

Welcome to the Surface Pattern Design by Scratch Bloghop hosted by Bonnie Christine of the Going Home to Roost tribe.

Bonnie recently introduced her new Creative Live course Design Surface Patterns from Scratch.
It offers an in-depth view of Adobe illustrator and is packed with information to help  you  bring your drawings to life.
Have you ever imagined your work on stationery, fabric or digital media? This is a great place to start.

I picked up many illustrator tips and tricks that have helped me on my way to expressing myself digitally.
For todays bloghop, I thought I would share an unexpected source of inspiration for me.

{artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows for surface pattern design

This photo makes me smile. It gives you a pretty good idea of what I was up to. I received many an odd look from others as I took photos of the pavement.

My ride was littered with beautiful shapes and patterns. Needless to say, I was promptly ditched by my riding partners.

They should really know better by now…

{artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows, art, inspirationMany, very many, photos later, I now have quite a collection of organic, leafy shapes to play with in my art and design.
Bonnie talks extensively in her class about Live Trace. It is my number #1 tool in Illustrator that I use daily. I simply brought these images into Illustrator and live traced them, playing with the settings to obtain different results. From there, with a bit of help from the blob brush and eraser tool, I ended up with a pretty assortment of shapes and textures that I then incorporated into some patterns.

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Many of these shapes have also ended up in my drawings and paper collage work.

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Pattern play with a hit of some leafy greens and blues inspired by road riding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who would have thought!?

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Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

For more inspiration and a chance to pick up some other tips and tricks ,click back to the starting page here to begin. This hop has been going on daily for 6 weeks now so there is lots of reading entertainment.
Bonnie has also kindly offered up a free month to her Going home to Roost tribe where you can meet others within the Surface Pattern community and learn more about the world of surface design. Go here for more details.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit my bloghop partners,please pop by and visit Emily Truong of EmilyAnn Studio and Nika Martinez!

Thanks for dropping by!


What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas? I do!

I am creatively curious! I love to see the process of how one’s mind works from start to finish.

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This week I welcome Jennie Whitham of JLW Illustration.

Jennie is a Designer/ Illustrator living in the U.K. She is a graduate of The Leeds College of Art, an active member of our Surface Pattern Design community, mother of 3 (almost 4) and produces a lot of work.She never ceases to amaze me with the beautiful patterns and illustrations she pumps out.

She can do it all! (and she does)

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Creating motifs on her Wacom Tablet in Adobe Illustrator

What inspires you to create?

Pinterest is an amazing source of inspiration. Every thing from colours to textures, motifs etc, can be found there.

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Creating textures for her work

What medium do you like to create in?

Adobe Illustrator. I would LOVE to be a ‘hand drawn’ illustrator/designer, but I just am not. I love nothing more than sitting at my computer, with a Cuppa tea, packet of biscuits, and my Wacom Bamboo Fun tablet. It is the best investment I ever made.

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Artboards – playing with motifs, placement and pattern

Do you keep an Art Journal?

I guess my blog is an online directory of my goings on. I often head over when I need to find a design and see when it was created, and share my new designs with those who are interested enough to read my blog.

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Finalizing colors and texture

Do you work on just one design…..

It depends on whether it is required of me. I get little time to just design ‘for fun’… theres always a submission to make, whether that be a competition, License opportunity, book submission etc. I like to create collections and I like to make lots of designs. The last collection is created ‘for me’ was my ‘pretty paradise’ collection, back in 2012, just after I finished ABSPD. I am currently doing #365patternchallenge, and decided to use the same colour palette throughout, So I guess come 2014 I will have a 365 pattern collection to work from. That should be fun.

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Making a clipping mask

Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own inspiration?

Both. I LOVE to be given a direction to work in, whether that be colour palette, theme, etc. it’s fun, not only to see how you interpreted it yourself, but how others have interpreted the same brief. On the flip side, it’s great to work freely. To just ‘let go’ and design exactly how you like to do it.

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The final collection!

Ta Da! Her designs all mocked up and ready to go!
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What time of the day are you most creative?

after 7pm…. I am a stay-at-home mum of 3 (soon to be 4) little rascals, and while I’d love to design full time, I manage to fit everything in between 7pm and Midnight. It works for our family dynamic.

I wish I could say the same for myself! I would love to be able to create at night, but I am a morning person through and through!
To find out more about Jennie please pop over to her social media hangouts.

Website ::
Twitter Handle ::@JLWIllustration

Enjoy the rest of your week!  I can’t believe school is out in 2 weeks. Needless to say, but they are going to be the busiest two weeks of the year!

What does your creative process look like?

Do you ever wonder how other artists and designers come up with their creative ideas?

I am creatively curious!I love to see the process of how one’s mind works from start to finish.

Welcome to …

julie hamilton designs

This week we have the lovely Majo Bautista, a fashion and surface pattern designer from Milan, Italy. I love how she describes herself and her work – whimsical,bold,colorful and free. Majo is all and more!

She is a  passionate, hardworking and a very supportive member of our surface pattern design community. Today, we get to find out how her creative mind works!

What inspires you to create?  I’m inspired by everything around me; daily life is filled with exciting ways and forms that light my creativity-bulbs! I’m fascinated by colours, shapes and textures found in nature and am enchanted by children’s drawings and handwriting.

Where do you look for your inspiration? I keep my eyes opened wherever I go… you never know when inspiration is going to pop. I also use internet, books and magazines 😀

Brainstorming…I love how Majo’s process starts with words!

artistically afflicted blog- Designer Majo Bautista

What medium do you like to create in? I usually start my work with pencil or fine-point pens, then scan them and work with them on the computer. I also use my old but very handy and portable bamboo wacom.

( I am super impressed with Majo’s animated pics below – did I mention she is very talented!? Click on the picture below to see.)

artistically afflicted blog- Designer Majo Bautista

Do you keep an art journal? How do you keep track of all of your ideas and inspiration? I’m not very good with journals even if I’ve tried to keep them since I was little… I’m not even good with keeping an agenda, hahaha. I do have sketchbooks, but I also use loose paper sheets. oh… and my iPhone is for sure a great tool to keep my ideas saved, either with a picture or with a quick note 😀

( Click on the picture below to see It’s also animated!)
artistically afflicted blog- Designer Majo Bautista

Do you work on just one design from start to finish or do you have a number of different designs on the go? I usually work on a project from start to finish, but sometimes start sketching many and then choose one to complete.

artistically afflicted blog- Designer Majo Bautista

Do you prefer to design for a brief/competition or your own personal inspiration? I like both… Coming up with a theme to work on isn’t always easy because there are many ideas in the air, but whether I choose the theme or it is given to me, I always try to come up with my own personal concept to work with.

artistically afflicted blog- Majo Bautista

What time of the day are you most creative? Night… I’m not a morning person and during the day I get easily distracted.

Majo will be teaching a course all about Repeats in Adobe Illustrator starting Friday June 7th. The course looks great and is full of information ,even how to prepare your files for Spoonflower!  More information below.

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About the course: 

I’ve partnered with the awesome team of Skillshare to teach Reign Repeats: create perfect repeat patterns in Adobe Illustrator. The class is for surface pattern designers, graphic designers, illustrators, artists, crafters and anyone else who is interested in pattern design using Adobe Illustrator.

You’ll submerge in the wonderful world of patterns, and learn how to use the basic Illustrator tools to bring to life your ideas. You’ll learn how to create a repeat, both the old-school way and using Illustrator CS6 new Pattern Tool. At the end of the class you’ll be able to create your own designs for you to use however you want; for example, to sell your own fabric on Spoonflower. To help you get started with this, you’ll create a repeat for a Spoonflower contest as part of the final project.

I’ll explain you how to get your hand-drawn sketches vectorised (even if you don’t have a scanner), how to apply colour and then easily re-colour your design to create new colour ways, the different types of repeats and how to make them, and how to solve most of the common problems that arise when using Illustrator. I’ll also teach you how to prepare perfect files for you to get your best results on Spoonflower.

At the end of the class, I’ll choose the top 15 designs and will showcase them on my blog and Facebook page. For a week I’ll ask my readers to vote for their favourite designs and the top 3 voted will receive some fab prizes donated by Spoonflower.

This course will be packed with lots of useful info, helpful resources, and inspirational interviews from great designers that have come to reign repeats. If you can’t wait to get your ideas on to fabric or any other printed surface, don’t miss the class… enroll now!

I am off to the wilderness camping for the week. No running water or power. I am excited, but I have a sneaking suspicion I may have to escape to civilization for a wee bit. I have a few licensing deals in the making that I am excited to share with you and I believe they will be announced this week. Funny, how that works!

Hope your week is sunny. Please pray for sun for me.