For the wallpaper competition I have been looking at a lot of William Morris designs. I am wanting to recreate the kind of patterns he produced using florals and incorporating small mammals, like mice and rabbits and also birds. But I also want to add a modern twist by adding inanimate objects relating to the rooms the wallpapers will be displayed in.
Drawing flowers in the garden.
Flowers from Newby Hall.
Last night I came up with my first design idea. The mouse I'd drawn previously, I decided would look great climbing up the handle of a fork.
The following images show the development of my image from the mouse and the fork, to the finished design. I added flowers and leaves before adding a pattern to the background.
The two separate designs will be scanned in, placed in repeat and colour added in Illustrator/Photoshop. I am going to keep the colours simple, with maybe 2 to 3 different colours. I don't want to detract away from the hand drawn image.
My last project of the year is a wallpaper design project. My research involves visiting stately homes. Yesterday I visited Newby Hall, and the following photos are pictures I took in the gardens of the house. There were some beautiful plants and flowers, in about a months time they should all be out and flowering. I particularly loved the magnolia trees.
I have been using my iPhone a lot to take pictures and I'm really enjoying the effects you can get with some of the phone app's like Instagram and Hipstamatic. I've been experimenting with them, these are some of my favourite shots;
We had a short drawing module that lasted about two weeks. The first part was drawing plants using different techniques that were given to us. The second part was to choose an object to draw using the same techniques. I chose the subject of chairs.