Thursday, June 19, 2008
A pattern come to life
Something happy came out of last week's IF illustration -- this pattern! Here's a small detail above.
I'm working hard on product art collections. The problem with starting my illustration work so late in the day is that, by bed time, I'm just starting to make headway! That accounts for my late nights -- I don't like to stop working when I'm in the zone.
I got a lot accomplished tonight. I'm proud of myself. Considering how tired I was and how I just felt like going to bed instead of working, I really got a lot done. I designed napkins and coasters as well, and it seems like everything 'came together' really well at the last minute! :)
Designing patterns is really an art and a science. There is SO many things involved, from technical, aesthetic and design standpoints. I think a pattern is successful when all three marry well. Of course, there is so much more to it than that.
I've been drawing patterns in my sketchbooks for as long as I've been drawing, but actually creating a repeat, creating something consistently interesting, sparkly, inspired, in a square, without having it be too overwhelming and leaving room for your eyes to "breathe" (I call that 'eye room', which sounds archaic but if the shoe fits...) is something different. All of this and to have it be something that encourages people to buy it. Something irresistible, charming - something you have to have! Just thinking about all this is dazzling. I've got my thinking cap on!
I don't know that it is absolutely necessary for an artist to even know exactly how to make a 'correct' repeat - the manufacturers' in-house designers probably do that, and each manufacturer probably has their own way of doing things -- but I want to know how, because it's important to know how things work so I can bring my work to a higher level for the specific purpose. Not to mention, I'm just plain curious!! I like to learn this kind of stuff. If it pertains to the work, I wanna know. If it is extremely technical and daunting to me, I at least want to understand the general rules a bit better. It all seems a bit shrouded in mystery. But, yes I've been studying.
I've never found a book about the art of creating patterns and repeats. I've seen many books featuring this type of work, but never have I seen a book that gives practical information on actually creating repeats and patterns, and for different markets -- never found the type of book which I'd find really hands-on useful. If you know of any books like this, please do share it in the comments!