I came across a Spoonflower printing review on the wonderful Tuppence Ha'penny Vintage website last week. This paragraph confirmed what I thought: "The DPI isn’t as high as some other services, so some very fine detail may not come out and the lines may not be razor-sharp, but that’s not a negative for me - I rely on that very tiny bit of dye bleed to give it a more authentically vintage feel."
After carefully studying my own Spoonflower sampler and reading that review, I reworked my vintage tie daisy pattern. I decided the ink bleed alone was quite enough to soften the forms and that the original crayon work was a step too far, so this time I made the design as clean as a whistle in flat, clear colours. To my surprise, I really enjoyed the work and I love the final result, it looks like super-flat gouache or tempera paint. I have always been nervous of flat and clean work (nowhere to hide) but I think it's the best way to go for all future pattern designs.
I worked all five colour separations in two slightly different versions (the blue and green one is 'turned inside out'), so the sky's the limit for colourways, but I do love the dark background as on the vintage tie itself.
Compare these with the first drawing made based on the tie - interestingly, I like them both equally in their own ways, but the new version is the one I'll use for printing on fabric.
Thanks for visiting, see you again soon!
Booklet No.3 is underway in the 100 Days Project! The cover shows cat no. 41. I am nearly half way through my 100 cats now. I am delighted with how much I have learnt already, and how I have managed to come a long way towards developing my cat drawings. This is was exactly what I had hoped to achieve, but didn't know what to expect.
Jerry Saltz, in his wonderful article How To Be An Artist, extols the virtue of doing something a minimum of 100 times.
Step Two, Experience:
"10. Find your own voice, then exaggerate it. If someone says your work looks like someone else's and you should stop doing it, I say don't stop doing it. Do it Again. Do it 100 times or 1,000 times ... if it still looks like the other person's, try a different path."
"13. Scavenge. Life is your syllabus: gather from everywhere ... you can do this by looking for overlooked periods of art history, disliked and discredited styles, and forgotten ideas, images and objects. Then work them into your own art 100 or 1,000 times."
It's true, doing something 100 times really does have an amazing effect.
There are 33 rules and a number of exercises in this article. I copied them all into a notebook and I find useful wisdom in every single one of them.
<<<Newsflash!>>> Apparently, Jerry Saltz's article is going to become a book! I just found this on Vulture, the culture and entertainment site from New York magazine. Apparently there are now 70 rules!
Now, there is a date for the calendar! It's very exciting.
Speaking of dates, there will be no Weekly next Sunday as I will be out for the whole weekend, so -
Thanks for visiting, see you in a fortnight! - when I will probably have a few more cats to show you.
And just a quick PS: I used to do other pupils' punishment exercises of 100 lines for them at school. I loved writing the same sentence over and over again, trying to imitate their handwriting. It paid well and worked wonders for my forgery techniques!
Welcome to my illustration blog, where I share what I have been up to during the week.
I illustrate under the pen-name of Binky McKee, McKee being my mother's maiden name. Binky was the name of every single cat my great-grandmother kept - about 40 of them during her 94 years of life. Given that, I have no idea how Doggie with his dead-pan expression became my avatar instead of a cat - something to do with popularity on Instagram and lots of jokes with him!
Currently I am working on illustrating a children's book, pattern making, and of course I can't resist a good Instagram challenge such as Folktale Week or Inktober.
I hope you enjoy your visit!
I keep lots of scrapbooks and sketchbooks where I develop ideas and design little creatures. Here's a peek inside one ...
As you may know, I am also known as Heather Eliza Walker.
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This time, take a peek into my ceramic design sketchbook. I actually made some of the mugs, but I kind of prefer the drawings! The plate designs are painted on paper plates, a most liberating process.
These watercolours are from my pattern sketchbook. I used coloured wax crayons to resist the washes of watercolour, also home-made rubber stamps dipped in bleach then printed on crêpe paper - the bleach takes out the paper dyes.
A sketchbook I used for mark-making with unusual objects - corks, seed-heads, feathers, home-made rubber stamps, my fingers and lots of flicky things ...