Hi there how are you?
I love ginkgo leaves, speciality at this time of year. The leaves turn from green to yellow and lovely pale oranges.
I picked a few fallen leaves one day last week and brought them home to draw. It was just a sketch drawn with a fine liner. I scanned them into the computer for later and then coloured them with watercolour.
Later in the week I signed up for a class by Bonnie Christine. She is teaching a free 5 day class on pattern making in illustrator. I know the basics of pattern making but every time I take one of these classes I pick up a few hints, tips and techniques that make this epic program easier to understand.
Since I’d drawn the line work for the ginkgo earlier I decided to use them to make the pattern and I scanned the painted leaves in to for extra pattern pieces.
The blue image is the same pattern in four different colour variations. It was made with the line art. i really like this one, must be going through my blue phase hehehe.
These were made with both the line art and the watercolour images. I have to say I find the colour picker in illustrator totally addictive, I can’t stop clicking for the next colour variation.
And finally in this one I’ve put the leaves in rows, I’m happy with this one because I got all of the leaves to join up so you can’t see the start point.
I had promised myself I wouldn’t do more classes this year, they take up so much time. This one was too good to pass up though.
I like making digital patterns and even digital art but it needs a lot of time in front of a screen and isn’t that relaxing so for the rest of the year I want to stick to my sketch book and get down to some drawing and painting, it’s been sadly neglected for a wile now.
Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Till next time, have fun x