Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Everglades Alligators!

National Parks are the focus of this weeks challenge.
Everglades Alligators ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

Designers were asked to create a pattern to represent a national park close to them. I live in south Florida and am closest to the Everglades National Park. I chose to focus on my favorite Everglades creatures... alligators, and of course some birds including egrets and the great blue heron! I finished the pattern by adding some water snakes and tropical greenery like sea grape leaves, water lilies and palm fronds.

Voting for this design contest will open Thursday, July 23rd, 2015, and continue until Thursday July 30th! Vote Here!

While living in Florida over the past 15 years my family and I have encountered alligators from time to time in our own back yard. (I took these photos of alligators on the golf course behind our house from my patio!)

We see large alligators like this one fairly regularly.
I took this photo behind my house on the golf course.
Every once in a while an alligator has to be removed
if he's considered a 'nuisance alligator' and he's over 8' long!

The Florida Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Commission sent out Trapper Nick
to move this guy out to the everglades.


Out for a stroll...

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

It's in my purse!

'You can tell a lot about a person by what's in their purse.' Spoonflower's prompt this week was to create a pattern using the items in your purse!
It's in my purse! ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

I don't know what story is told by the items in my purse, but here it is! Of course artistic license has been applied here with the artwork on the items like the notebook, makeup bag, phone case and purse. (I drew the items with the artwork that I wish I had!)
Voting will open Thursday, July 9th, 2015 and continue until Thursday, July 16th, 2015. VOTE HERE!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Llama Llove!

Spoonflower's prompt this week… Llama's!
'Llama Llove' ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

'Llama Llove' repeat
"It's time to travel to the South American Andes mountains to show your llama love! Give a go at creating a lovable llama themed design."

This pattern started like all of my designs with research on the prompt. I loved the pictures on Pinterest of the Peruvian Llama Glama. The people there adorn their pets with pompom's and decorative blankets and thought it would be fun to use some of their bright colors in this design.
Next came the drawings… I drew lots of llama's, pompom's, flowers, birds and cacti on my iPad, then imported them into photoshop. I developed the icons using my color palette and put together a repeat. Ta Dah!!

 Voting will open Thursday, July 2nd, 2015. Vote Here!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

MATS Bootcamp 2015 wrap-up!

Thought I would post my illustrations and patterns from my most recent class with Lilla Rogers. Her Make Art That Sells(MATS) 2015 Bootcamp is a course that presents artists with monthly challenges to pump-up their portfolio… and it did not disappoint. The assignments are meant to push your creative boundaries and try designing for additional markets and products that you may not have before.

January - Gift Market -
Edwardian Brooch Journal Cover. (digital)
©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs


February - Wall Art - Home Decor Market
Paint traditionally directly onto wood! (gouache on wood)
©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs

March - break for MATS 4B - 5 week class

AprilAdvertising Market - 
Poster design for live event! (digital)
©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs


May - Home Decor Market -
Create a plate using crustaceans and pattern designs combined. (digital)

©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs


June - Editorial -
Compose an illustration to accompany an article in Forbes Magazine "How To Succeed At Becoming A Digital Nomad". by Tanya Mohn (digital)
©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs.


Old-Time Lemonade!

This week's design... Lemonade!
'Old-Time Lemonade' ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

The Spoonflower challenge this week involves designing around the theme of fresh lemon juice, water and sugar coming together to make this delicious summer drink.

I chose to make a design with a retro feel. Vintage lemonade pitchers, lemons and their blossoms in a simple fresh palette. The chalkboard texture was added to continue the vintage feel!

Voting for this challenge starts today… Thursday, June 25th, 2015, and continues until Thursday July 2, 2015!   Please VOTE HERE!



Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Kitchen Power… Watercolor power tools for Spoonflower!

'kitchen power' ©2015 Patty Rybolt Designs. All Rights Reserved.

Let's face it, the only power tools being used in this house are in the kitchen!

Spoonflower's design prompt this week was to create a watercolor power tools design to be previewed at the fat quarter size (21" x 18"). Voting opens on Thursday, May 28, 2015.

Please Vote Here!