Every January Make it in Design offers this really cool course called Winter School with creative exercises and relevant trend briefs for anyone interested in surface pattern design. This is my second year participating and I am super excited about the briefs. The first one is called Flower Power – Floral Clash. It is all about floral patterns, with moldboards, trend research and more. I totally recommend the course for anyone interested in pattern design. Below are some simple patterns I have made as a warm up to the course.
New year, new focus, well at least some is new. I have discovered that going to the gym doesn’t happen no matter if it is a new year resolution or not, so there’s really no reason it should be. Instead I want to focus on health overall. Mental health, health though food and everyday physical movement. I also want to create more art and do things that I love, rather than following trends and assignments only. I have been so stressed in 2018 and I have discovered that the stress doesn’t amount to anything in the end except for headaches and wrinkles around the eyes. 2019 is going to be a year filled with positivity, deep breaths, healthy vegan food and creative adventures. What are your new year resolutions?
It’s been quiet from my end during 2018. A lot of things has passed, some easy, some hard. It has made me stronger for it. I am so happy and excited for 2019 – a year with so many creative and personal plans and goals ahead. I hope to share much of my creativity here with you and hopefully some personal accomplishments as well. This is my 2019 welcoming illustration. I hope you like it 🙂
I must admit to failing this years inktober challenge. I did do quite a bit more than I uploaded, but I got a rush job and ended up quitting around the 12th. This is the first year I haven’t completed the task and I feel quite sad that it failed, however I am very grateful that I had so work in the month of October. I wanted to share a few of the designs that I never got around to uploading with you. Here are three of the designs did manage to complete during October. I am not a quitter in any way, so I am going to continue designing until I have 31 designs for the 31 inktober days of 2017. It might take me quite a while to get there in-between all my other projects, but they will be shared here eventually 🙂 I hope you are all having a wonderful november thus far!
Going totally away from the typical inktober feel, here is a design made for Spring/ Summer ’19. I love how the yellows and purples compliment one another and if it was ever printed on a card, accents of gold foil would really make it shine.
Here is a pattern derived from the background of the bird illustration. I like the blues, but it needs an accent of some vibrant summer color. Maybe loosely in the flowers or in an offset effect. What do you guys think?
As promised I am staring away from the typical October feel. For my third inktober I wanted to do something more vintage that would work with textiles, rather than gifting. I absolutely love the blue-green in the leaves right now, so you will probably see more like that soon. Opposed to my regular very clean linework, this is much more expressive and I like how it gives the flowers depth. What do you guys think?
I can see the pattern working on wallpapers as well.
Thank you for following my Inktober project. See you tomorrow for a print made for spring of 2018.
First update in quite a while! I have been super busy this summer traveling in the U.S. with my mother and partner. I know that’s just an excuse, but I will definitely try to be better at updating more regularly this autumn. These are from a series I have been working on in the spring of 2017. It is the Chinese zodiac signs illustrated in a tribal inspired style. I have hand drawn all of them with traditional pen and ink and then touched them up in adobe illustrator. I am very excited about this series. So far I have completed the rooster, the tiger, the ox and the rabbit.
March has been a really busy month for me this year. I went to LA for three weeks on vacation, while taking an online design class and finishing up two client projects. March has been so busy that I haven’t had the chance to post much of my work, so I will be playing catch-up a bit in April this year.
Starting with what is most recent. I had the privilege of attending my very first baby cousins baptism this past weekend. She is so sweet and I was very excited to make some personal gift for her – A pink stroller greeting card and a baby elephant print with her name and birthday on for framing.
I am intending to share a lot more of my work with you in April, but for the time being, you can check out my artist profile on Instagram: @illulinn if you are curious about what I am working on.
Last week I started a surface design class online to get some more experience and a better understanding of the market. The first week has mainly experimentation with mark making and seeking inspiration. It was been very insightful this far and I want to share some of the work that I have been doing with you guys.
Drawing the same object again and again in everything from 10 seconds to 3 minutes.
Exploring successful repeat patterns and deconstructing them to understand what shapes goes into the design and then exploring some sketching on my own.
Exploring sketching with different mediums and strong colors.
In the month of January I took some skillshare classes in watercolor techniques! I like using watercolors a lot, but I have never really taken the time to try out different techniques. I have previously simply used them for naive coloring of doodles, but now after taking some classes I have a better understanding of the medium. How the paints work and mixes together. These are some of my first paintings I did along watching the class. I have a lot to lean still, but I am really enjoying the progress that I am already making. Yay to trying new things! Stay tuned for hopefully much more watercolor experimentations in the future 🙂