Back to hand-drawn sketches! This the first week in a looooong time when I’ve posted an actual pen-and-paper sketch rather than something I created on the computer. After a fairly long hiatus, I finally forced myself back to the sketch pad this week.
I started with a fairly rough sketch I’d made of a star block awhile ago. I decided I was happy with it as-is, but repeated it to see what came up. Don’t these look like poinsettias?
From this sketch, I continued to iterate the design, and I’ll post some of the resulting sketches over the next week or so. That process of accidental discovery is something that’s been missing from my software-enabled sketching, which I’ve been thinking about a lot lately. Each method definitely has its advantages, but (in my experience, at least) hand-drawn sketching leads to far more creative output.
Still, EQ8 can be useful for colouring in blocks (although still kinda clunky in certain ways):
This design could be made using a combination of squares, rectangles, flying geese or half-square triangles, kite in a square, and triangle in a square.
I haven’t had any long sketching sessions lately, so I’ve been digging through my files to find older ‘sketches’ that I feel like exploring further. In Sunday sketch #12, I looked at several different ways of arranging the kite-in-a-square unit to create new designs.
I wrote (over a year ago now!) that one of the sketches reminded me of the sawtooth, serrated leaves of Banksia species. One minor tweak – shifting each column ever so slightly – aligns them by their kite tips, retaining that serrated look but also creating some interesting secondary shapes. I love the columns that emerge, which you can see more clearly when some of the ‘leaves’ are left unshaded:
I love the bold and jagged nature of this design. I’m very tempted to make this into a simple pattern. It’s only kite-in-a-square units, and each one could be made using foundation paper piecing or a Bloc Loc ruler for accuracy.