Saturday, February 26, 2011
So I ended up doing sketches incorporating bridge angles I liked, trying to bring in part of St. Anthony Main, considered the train that once traveled on it back in the days of the flour mills, and also the energy of the river itself. I couldn't get down to the river so I created an alternative view. We illustrators can tweak reality. I wanted something a little dramatic, majestic and with a flow to it. I made a ton of sketches, refined them, narrowed it down and presented two concepts. They picked one and made one change to remove the train and have people walking, biking and running on the bridge. So this past week I've been building the layers of my drawing on the computer and trying different color palettes. It's almost done!
Friday, February 18, 2011
I looked at the website and was so happy to see the two homes and read more about Erehwon Retreat and view the pictures, video and see the current Tampa temperature. Well, it looks very inviting for a winter weary Minnesotan. You must check out the link to see the gardens, too! The yard features native Florida plants that look spectacular. I love that they use native plants. It certainly follows many of the Arts & Crafts philosophies.
After receiving my shipment, Henry kindly photographed my rug at the front door. This is just how I imagined my rugs to be used when I designed them. I'm so happy they went to such a wonderful home.
Saturday, February 5, 2011
Then I take the design and create an 8x 10" giclee print on fine art paper. I love the rich flat ink produced by the professional printer and how it almost resembles a silk screen. They have a richness that regular digital printers on regular stock can't compete with. Sometimes the colors do change a little between the two different printers but not a lot.
The next step has been to take the image, create a pattern and submit a digital file of it to Spoonflower for fabric. I'm still learning how big to make the repeat, seeing how colors print differently and on the different fabrics from cotton to linen to upholstery fabric. Can't you picture dandelion deck pillows made from this fabric?
I haven't made a dandelion design rug yet but that would be the next cross over. It would make a fun summer rug, don't you think? It's great fun to be a 'surface designer' as the business calls it when you create designs for different products from the same base art.