Second Pattern in the Retro tropical collection is this playful, almost kitsch, pattern filled with palm trees and luxurious tropical drink. True to the collection, it follows the color scheme as well as the retro, mid-century theme. Compared to the first pattern in the…
Month: July 2017
First out in the Retro Tropical series is the first pattern I created for the collection. It’s an entangled pattern with palm trees, hibiscus flowers, coconuts and pineapples. I made four color variations with a twist on the blue (I just felt that it was…
Once in a while I try to challenge myself into doing things out of my aesthetic comfort zone just to keep my designing range at the top. To help me do this I tend to follow the website Spoonflowers design challenges. The latest ones had a Hawaii theme and so I decided to do a real collection out of it.
When I make a collection I always start with an inspiration hunt, preferably on Pinterest to find interesting images. Sometimes, when I have time or a bigger budget, I also do more extensive research about the theme I choose.
When that’s done i choose a color palette to work with. In this case I might have gotten to many for my liking, but I think it works. Then I proceed to create the (first) Moodboard.
Next step is to create the shapes I’m going to use in the patterns.
And when those are sort of done the puzzling begins.
One of the hardest things about creating a pattern, I think, is knowing when to stop. I might have gone a bit overboard with this collection, because it just seems to keep growing. I just fell in love with every puzzle piece and kept going. So far the collection is 23 pieces strong and will probably get add ons further on. I will present the patterns individually in separate blogposts, but in the meantime please se the products that are already available in this series.
I love to alternate my digital work with analog stuff but I’m not always very trusting in my own ability to create beautiful things by just drawing or painting. Sometimes though I overcome that insecurity and create something I’m truly proud of. This series Retro doodle…