Thursday, August 7, 2014

Summer School Gets Tropical!

Summer School!
I am taking three classes at the 'Make it in Design Summer School'.  Here are my submissions for the first round of assignments!
The Beginner track participants were to design a tropical themed pattern using your own color palette and I chose to explore a summer fruit theme!
I drew the fruit shapes with a black marker on copy paper and then scanned them into Photoshop where I added my chosen color palette. When the fruit shapes were assembled I opened a new file and created a scattered overall pattern!
©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. Beginner Track, Brief 1.
The Intermediate track theme was 'Retro Geometric'! Designers were to create a retro inspired pattern using a provided color palette, large scale motifs and strong geometric shapes.
I drew these graphic shapes on my iPad with the Adobe Ideas App. and then opened them in photoshop where I added the required color palette to the shapes. I opened a new file and arranged a pattern and added the green dots for interest. I repeated the process for the coordinating retro inspired stripe. It was suggested that designers mock up the patterns on a swimsuit, so I found a few retro swimsuit shapes that I liked and combined them to design the shape below!
©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. Intermediate Track, Brief 1.
The Advanced track theme was 'Water Rays'. Design a water inspired pattern using four colors and black and white, one large motif in the pattern had to be combined with smaller ones and a textured layer should be included (I used the waves in the background). 
My take on this theme was to incorporate the tropical mangrove leaves over a water scene. I drew the leaves by hand with india ink and a brush and then scanned them into photoshop where I colored them and layered a small pattern of dots on top. The waves on the bottom layer are from photo's of the ocean simplified and enlarged. I finished the presentation by mocking-up the design on a pillow!
     ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. Advanced Track, Brief 1.


Thursday, July 24, 2014

Herbs for Spoonflower!

This week on Spoonflower... Herbs!
Herb's Herbs!  ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.
Concept…
The idea for this design came from looking at Pinterest and all of the illustrated recipes that I admire on my food illustration board. I wanted to try one. Seeing as it was herb week I thought a nice Caprese Salad would be fun. A Caprese Salad consists of buffalo mozzarella, fresh tomato and fresh basil. I thought I would add a few other herbs as well seeing as it is herb week… rosemary, thyme + parsley. A loaf of fresh bread, olives and olive oil were also added to complete the menu! Once I had the concept together I started on the execution of the design.

Execution…
I tend to go at these designs in the same way.
1. I start with reference material, looking at herbs and tomatoes and bottles etc.
2. Sketch the items in my moleskin sketchbook.
3. Photograph my rough sketches with my iPad.
4. Open the photos in my Adobe Ideas App and do cleaner sketches over the roughs. (With my finger). This app allows you to draw freeform vector illustrations virtually anywhere!
5. Send the clean drawings to my desktop computer and open them in Photoshop. (I put them in 'the cloud'.)
6. Choose a color palette and color the drawings in layers.
7. Open a new file in the size that I want my final pattern to be and build layers of colors to make my images.
8. Burn and dodge to add depth if needed.
9. Adjust the individual images to make a good composition for a repeat pattern.

I don't know if this is the right way to do this, but it works for me. I like drawing by hand and this method allows me to keep a hand drawn look to my illustrations.

Voting started on Thursday, July 24th, 2014. Vote here!

Encaustic Coffee... MATS Bootcamp Wrap-up!

I've submitted my last MATS Assignment Bootcamp project for my Lilla Rogers class. This month we were given a mini assignment to draw our favorite beverage and then asked to produce a personal piece of art, something that we would make for ourselves. 
'Encaustic Coffee' ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

I drew coffee cups and the stuff that it takes to make the coffee in my moleskin for the mini. I knew that I would love to get into my encaustic art supplies (it's been a while) and also incorporate some digital art to complete the final assignment, this is what I came up with...

This is a multi step project and the best way to describe the process is to list the steps…

1. photographed a vignette of coffee making supplies in the morning light from my kitchen window.
2. used the Waterlogue App. on my iPad to give my photo a watercolor feel.
3. printed the photo onto a silk organza fabric sheet and embed the silk photo
into my prepared encaustic medium on a wood base
4. painted over the silk with encaustic paint heating and smoothing the wax to adhear the layers.
5. used graphite to draw the "outline" illustration onto tracing paper and transfer the graphite by rubbing it into the wax from the tracing paper. The tracing paper is then removed and the graphite stays on the wax.
6. heat the graphite transfer to embed in the wax… done!

 Lilla Rogers Studio!
Lilla Rogers Studio!
I'm sad to see MATS Bootcamp end! I've learned so much in the past year through the Make Art That Sells A+B Courses and now Bootcamp. This year has been about updating my portfolio and I've been building a website to hopefully attract some attention for licensing deals.  In the past year I've been able to place in the top 10 at Spoonflower 8 times and even win once, and I got my first licensing deal with a clothing manufacturer! Thanks Lilla + Beth!
The next step for me is to take on the challenge of the 2014 Global Talent Search! Wish me luck!!





1. photo vignette
2. photo after waterlogged app.
3. silk organza printer sheets

4. encaustic paint palette aka electric pancake griddle

Friday, July 11, 2014

A Rhino for Spoonflower!

This week, I've created a fabric design that celebrates rhinos!
'Rhino + Friends' ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved. 

'Rhino + Friends' (1/2 brick repeat)
©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved. 

My inspiration for this assignment comes from these photo's that I took at our local zoo… Lion Country Safari. It is a drive through zoo so you can get up-close and personal with the animals in their own environment. The rhino area is large and they have many white rhino's of all different sizes including some of the babies pictured here. 
The Design… Started with sketches of my inspiration photo's on my iPad (Adobe Ideas App). My family was on vacation and I did all of my sketches this week while on or waiting for airplanes. When I got home I opened the illustrations in Photoshop and colored and arranged the elements into a simple layout. The 1/2 brick repeat is sized as a fat quarter (21" x 18"). Voting began on Thursday, July 10th, 2014. Vote Here!

Monday, June 30, 2014

'Nautical' wall art for Lilla Rogers Bootcamp!

'help sometimes'  ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.
June with Lilla Rogers MATS Bootcamp was all about the Nautical theme. This was my entry.
I've posted before about MATS Bootcamp -  a portfolio building group for illustrators and designers looking to push their style into different directions. The category was 'wall art' but something like this would be great for cards, journal covers and maybe even a theme for a children's book as well!
 Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp
Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

'Sewing Circles' for Spoonflower!

'Sewing Circles' Collection ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs

The Challenge -
This week at Spoonflower… 'sewing notions' in a special 'Coordinates Design Challenge'!  Designers were asked to design four coordinating prints with the sewing notions theme on a full yard of fabric (42" x 36"). This contest is extra exciting because guest judge Denyse Schmidt, designer, quilter and author, will pick a winner from the top ten community voted designs to be featured on the pages of an upcoming issue of Love Patchwork & Quilting!

The Design - 
This challenge was fun for me. My love of fabric is what started my Spoonflower design obsession. I am a member of my local Modern Quilt Guild chapter, and a huge fan of Denyse Schmidt

I started with research, first going to Denyse Schmidt's website to check out her new collections of fabrics and her quilt patterns. Then of images from my Pinterest board on the subject . It has tons of pictures of buttons, threads, and vintage scissors and such. I drew an enormous amount of images in my sketchbook and on my Adobe Ideas app on my iPad.

When the drawings were done I opened them in Photoshop and chose a color palette. The tomato pin cushion was an image that I wanted to use in my final composition, so the red and green were the first colors chosen. I didn't want the pattern to look like Christmas, so I auditioned some darker colors. Plum, aqua and two tones of grey seemed to be working pretty well so I went with it.

The first composition to be completed was the tossed tomato pin cushions. I assembled the color layers in Photoshop and used 4 different drawings in varying sizes and directions, then added the stitching texture to have a hand quilted feel. The sewing circles and the check were done with a hand quilted look. These all went fairly quickly and then I wanted to do a layout with some of the leftover drawings on my screen. The last layout has so many detailed drawings that it took way longer than I wanted, but I am pleased with the result. I have so many images that I actually came up with two completed collections for this topic and could probably do many more!

'pins and needles' Collection
©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs.

Voting starts on Thursday, June 26th, 2014. Vote Here!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

'Farm Fresh' for Spoonflower!

 This week at Spoonflower... Farming. 'Please create a design that celebrates the tools, machines, animals, or plants that make farms and farming so special'. 

'Farm Fresh'  ©2014 Patty Rybolt Designs.

I love to draw birds. So, naturally whenever the opportunity comes up I take it. In my mind you can't have a farm without chickens, so I started drawing hens, roosters and chicks. Then came the ducks pigs, barns, fences, tractors, farmers and tools as well. They were all drawn on my iPad with my Adobe Ideas App, then imported into Photoshop where I colored the images and arranged them into a pattern. I added type, tractor marks and plants to complete the design!

Voting starts today, June 19th 2014, and continues until June 26th, 2014! Vote Here!