I’ve probably got another few weeks’ worth (at least!) of ribbon-like Sunday sketches, but they say that familiarity breeds contempt, so… I’ll change tack and show you some new sketches I did this week.
I wanted to make a very jagged, zig-zag design. After a few attempts at getting my thoughts down on paper, I came up with a block that could be repeated to create a really striking pattern.
Sometimes I’ll scrawl something really quickly on the closest piece of scrap paper before sitting down with my dot pad to sketch it properly. I only realised when I’d finished shading the first design that I hadn’t followed my original hasty scrawl – the 45° lines were all the same, but the other diagonal lines (the ones stretching between the tops and bottoms of adjacent 45° lines) were different. So I sketched it again.
Can you see the subtle difference between the two designs? I’m still not sure which one I prefer.
I think the best way to create a quilt pattern from this sketch would be to use foundation paper piecing. I really like the idea of large blocks though – maybe 24″ or more each – but I’m not sure how I’d go about printing that out (or designing it in the first place!).
I’m really stuck on triangles at the moment. When sketching for this week’s post, triangles soon morphed into diagonal lines…which created stripes… which presented the opportunity to mix direction and shading to produce some interesting movement.
There’s some real potential for striking colour play here too, but of course it’ll take me a while to explore that 🙂
This sketch is a little like Sunday sketch #34, which I designed using Excel. They both feature diagonal, crossed stripes, but #34 had blunt ends whereas these are angled. I’ve also mixed these blocks up rather than arranging them in a sawtooth star configuration.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using half-square and quarter-square triangles, but I’ll probably use a foundation paper-piecing template instead. I’m not convinced that I’d achieve the required precision using normal piecing. I’ve also struggled to sew strips perfectly straight with regular piecing; I always seem to end up with a slight curve.
Most of the time I sketch using pen and paper, but sometimes I’ll move to Excel if I’ve got an idea that uses mostly squares or strips. Every so often I’ll fire up Illustrator and try to figure out how to get what’s in my head onto the screen.
This design arose from Sunday sketch #21… I clearly have some obsession with constellations, and bright spots emerging from the darkness…
I don’t use Illustrator often enough to be completely comfortable with it yet, so each foray tends to bring more stress than success. I don’t need to do that much — create some shapes, add some lines, fill in some colour — but it’s not always an intuitive or easy-to-use program. Still, I’m learning. This design is not quite there yet, but the good thing about Illustrator is that it gets easier the more I play with it.