Sunday, 31 October 2010

Work Update!

I've got a deadline on Tuesday for my design work, just to see how we're getting on and what direction we need to go in next.

So this week I've been scanning my work into my computer and getting it ready to be laser cut onto the fabric I choose.  It's all speeding along pretty fast, but I'm enjoying the project so I just hope it all ends up looking good.

Below are my newest drawings, I hand cut parts of them out to see how it would look when laser cut, and I have to say I'm quite happy with the results, but please let me know what you think.  You tend to like your own work, sadly thats not how it works out in the design world, it's the people who will buy it that you need to target.

The black shapes are where I've cut through, I just put black card behind the gaps so they would stand out when I scanned them.  Also if some of them seem to not quite fit together it's because I used an A4 scanner (all I could get hold of at this time) and slotted them together in Photoshop.  I will of course tweek these on Illustrator in the next couple of weeks.

So I now need to put together 2 collections, so I thought i'd base one around the vines and maybe small details in the background that have been cut out.  Then the second on bigger shapes, like the first design at the top.  Not sure how i'd do that with a laser cutter though.

Below is the vine drawing from before, and this is how it would work in repeat, so now imagine it as a fabric, pretty neat ey?  They arn't neatly linked together because I'm going to sort that out on Illustrator, but it's just to give you an idea of how it will look.
I'll do some designs for if it was used in clothing at some point, probably after my work has been checked over.  I want to know I'm at least going in the right direction.

Let me know what you think.


  1. They're magnificent! I don't know much about art but I do know I can't stop staring at them. They're all catchy and it's hard to decide which I like the most, I think they would all look good in a fabric pattern/design. I think my favorite are the first and the third, but i like the fourth one a lot too. Keep up the good work!


  3. LOVE them, especially the third one down, it really draws you in! Did you totally hand draw them all? The precision and repetition is amazing, I can't see any flaws. Are you adding colours to these? They already seem really vivid in black and white :)

  4. Yep completely hand drawn, the black parts on the first three were hand cut out aswell, so the third one down took me hours! Well worth it though, I'm so happy with the piece.

  5. Oh and yea I'm planning to add colour, it's going to be really vibrant too, but I might leave one collection in black and white because it looks so effective. They're going to be cut out of fabric, so I'll have a black stencil pattern with bright splashes of colour from the cut out pieces.