In the past week, I found myself with some unexpected sketching time – but no dot pad. Instead, I pulled out a Moleskine grid notebook. I don’t normally use grid paper to sketch anymore, because I find that the printed lines limit my imagination a bit. But in this case, it didn’t really matter, because I already had an idea for a design I wanted to explore.
I only had a red gel pen with me, so I just used four levels of shading to differentiate the pieces in each block. The blocks are set on point, but they could just as easily be swivelled 45 degrees to be set normally, with no need for partial blocks on the top, bottom and sides.
I mocked up the same design in EQ8 when I got a chance, but I don’t think it looks any better or clearer than the hand-drawn version. The only advantage is that I can colour it differently; this version is my homage to the new Pantone Color of the Year: Living Coral.
I also realised later that I’d oriented the blocks slightly differently, but I don’t think that matters so much.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern very easily using strips – lots and lots of strips!
I think I need to make a white-on-black quilt, just to get this colour* scheme out of my system. Or maybe I just need to get better at using Preview to clean up my quilt design pics!
A bit of hand-sketching this week, with lots and lots of short parallel lines as filler. You can probably tell by the wonkiness of the lines where my hand got a little tired/cramped….
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using lots of long strips and a few flying geese.
* I know, I know: black and white aren’t colours 🙂
This week’s sketch isn’t terribly original; I’ve done something a bit similar myself, and I’m sure others have too. But I felt like I needed a design where I could play with colour a bit.
This design could be made into a quilt pattern using simple stripes, or even half-square triangles if you were feeling industrious.