flowers are everywhere in the studio (which consists of my desk and chair). not real ones, more like the stick-figure-flowers shown below (i actually don't like to have flowers or plants around me - with very few exceptions).
|flower sticks, sharpie marker on paper|
i had started working on a 50's inspired floral collection a couple of weeks ago. i am glad that the first pattern in that collection is finally taking shape. here's a snapshot of my wall showing how my concept for the above motif evolved.
|concept generation process for floral motifs|
in the middle are the initial gouache sketches i shared a few days ago, to the left is a basic lilly pond idea inspired from those sketches, and to the right are the more evolved flower sticks. i like to think of my style as being simple, bold, and playful, so to get this collection going, i decided to come up with three patterns, each displaying one of these characteristics. so these are my simple flower sticks. i drew several of them, scanned them, used the "live trace" tool in illustrator, and here i was, with a bunch of motifs to choose from (they might all look the same, but they are not, obviously).
in order to make each motif look exactly the way that i wanted, i went in and edited the paths by adding/deleting/moving/modifying anchor points. below are before and after snapshots of the same motif.
|flower stick motif, before|
|flower stick motif, after|
once i had around 10-12 motifs i liked, i was ready to move them around and play.
|flower stick pattern development|
here's where i got after a few hours of play. i have to say it is not as simple as i usually like it to be, but i am trying to stick to my 50's mood board, so overlapping some motifs seemed necessary. eventually, i might decide to ignore the 50's and trend forecasts altogether, but for now, i am following my self-imposed guidelines.
|simple flower sticks pattern in repeat|
either way, i love making patterns. to me, it's all play and no work!