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.
In preparation for publishing my own patterns in the next few months, I’ve been working with a graphic designer on a new logo. I don’t have access to Adobe Illustrator anymore (I couldn’t justify the cost), so I played around with some ideas for the designer in PowerPoint (yes, PowerPoint!).
Sometimes the best part of playing is the messing around you can do afterwards….
It’s hard to tell what this started out as (you might see the similarity when I unveil my swanky new logo soon!), but I like where it ended up. With a bit of tweaking, it could probably be made into a quilt pattern using half-rectangle triangles, half-square triangles and some strips.
I mentioned awhile ago that I was going to try and create more block-based designs. EQ8 has proven a handy tool for that, as I can tile, flip and rotate blocks very quickly and easily (although I’m starting to think that it’s hampering my design process in some ways, but that’s a story for another day).
This week, a design that flows seamlessly between blocks:
The tonal gradation works well here, and also means that I didn’t have to think of a colour palette 🙂