Favourite Pattern Resources
Posted 5th of June 2012 — Inspiration: patterns.
In case you can’t tell, I really love patterns! When ever I find myself on a graphic resource website I immediately check if there’s a pattern section and browse through for inspiration. Most of these websites are run as hobbies but there’s some genuinely talented people out there who should really consider going into surface design.
The Monkey Box
These patterns are mainly made up of textures and other scanned materials. As a result they’re very realistic and perfect for scrap book, collage style designs. None of them look “edited” making them easily customisable to go with whatever you’re working on.
I remember when I first started designing back in 2003 or so Squid Fingers patterns where all the rage. It was rare I’d visit a personal blog or website that didn’t use one! They are what many people would refer to as “pixel” patterns – patterns drawn digitally pixel by pixel. I’m in awe of the time and effort that must have been put into these. Most have a very retro feel but shifting the colour pallets would modernise a lot.
Patterns of Change
Liza Phoenix has a very illustrative style when it comes to these patterns. Ranging from teddy bears and bunnies to scales and flowers you will find a pattern here to match your tastes. All patterns are also distributed in a high resolution format for printed work as well as a low resolution suitable for the web.
Online Font Browsing
Posted 1st of June 2012 — Inspiration: Fonts, quick tips.
I just wanted to share this really useful tool I found – STC Font Browser. This tool browses the fonts on your computer allowing you to examine them at different sizes saying different phrases. It’s quite useful for when you want to experiment with fonts but don’t want to load up image editing software. It even browses through hidden fonts! I’ve installed a few pieces of software similar to this on my computer but to be honest this one is miles better.
The font in the preview is 1st Ave.
New Illustration and Pattern
Posted 26th of May 2012 — Sketchbook: illustration, patterns.
I finished this illustration weeks ago but only just managed to post it here (like I mentioned in the last post, my internet connection is weird at the moment). Both parts of this, the type and the women where never intended to end up together. The women was a practice in shading and the phrase a practice in hand-drawn typography (which there’s actually a mistake on… don’t look!). I accidentally dragged the type onto the illustration canvas and well, liked the way it look! I love accidents that turn out well. The saying is a quote from Oscar Wilde – “You can never be overdressed or over-educated”. Kinda sums up my philosophy in life.
I’ve also added a pattern based on this to the patterns page. I actually really dig the drawing this way… it’s not technically great but I like the charm of this style and will probably be drawing some more things this way.
Eight New Patterns – Painted Plaid
Posted 10th of May 2012 — Blog News: patterns.
I’ve know I’ve been kinda O.W.L lately, but I have been working on a few things My portfolio has been redesigned and I’m working on some illustrations and fabrics. Here’s some patterns made using elements of said fabrics. There’s eight different colour schemes, though feel free to edit them to your liking – the easiest way would be to open them in your image editing program and changing the hue.
… continue to download page