I’ve never been good at new year’s resolutions, especially anything involving eating more healthily (why does chocolate have to taste sooooo good??) so my resolution this year is nice and simple – to brings lots of exciting new things to you lovely lot!
As well as lots of new print designs, (have you seen the new fruit print range I’ve been working on? Click here to take a look if you haven’t) I’m launching a monthly email newsletter which will be jammed packed with all the latest info and exclusive discount codes. I wanted to keep you all up to date with what I’m working on and also offer some little rewards now and again to say thank you so much for all your support.
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Hopefully you’ve read the previous two blog posts and have seen the progress of the banana print design so here’s a sneak peek of the finished designs!
Beginning with a classic half drop repeat, I like the negative space that’s created from the shape of the bananas. I’m thinking this would look fab on a pencil case, might have to see if I can find some banana stationery to match it…
I always like to make a random repeat version of prints too. They take a lot longer to design as you have to arrange them just right and then make sure there are no gaps in the finished print, but I always think they’re more versatile and can cover a bigger area.
I also made the random repeat print with a green and a blue background, but I just can’t decide which is my favourite… Which do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below! P.S. Does anyone else have a sudden desire for a dress made with banana fabric or is that just me?
Every print I design starts with a hand drawing – you see why I named the business Drawn by Rhiannon right? I always like to have either a photo of the item I’m drawing or the actual item in front of me so I can get all the proportions and colours spot on. Luckily I had a few bananas in the fruit bowl so it was off to a good start.
If you read my last blog post you’ll know that I have a particular style in mind for this print design which starts with a thick pencil drawing. I tend to like to draw lots of scruffy lines in light pencil to begin with and then go over the best lines with a thicker pencil when I’m happy with the shape.
The next stage is digitising the sketch to get it ready to make into a digital print. Some sketches translate better than others and luckily the bananas were one of the easier drawings; just a bit of tidying up around the edges and removing the sketchbook seam line and it was ready to go!
With the outline sorted it’s time to start on the colour. I use all sorts of different materials for colouring but I’ve decided to use watercolours for the fruit print range. I love how the colours blend so well and show a great range of tone and light with a few brush strokes. After scanning it in to the computer and defining the colours, it’s ready to be dropped into the outline image.
With a few layers and lots of blending, the colouring-in is complete! I’m super chuffed with the colour effect created by the watercolour paints, but let me know what you think by commenting below.
There are so many things I love about running my own business but designing whatever prints I want is definitely my favourite part of my job. I’ve got loads of new print ideas in the works for this year so I thought I’d get started on the first one.
Last year, after hours and hours of drawing, I designed the pineapple print and thankfully you guys loved it! It was one of the most popular prints of 2018 so I’ve decided to expand the idea into a print range full of all sorts of different colourful fruits. I’m taking a slightly different approach with these fruits as I’ve been wanting to try out a new colouring technique for a while now. My plan is to draw the outlines of the fruits with a thick pencil then create watercolour washes in different colours and collage the colours into the outlines on Photoshop. Check out the next blog post to see the results!
Welcome to the brand new Drawn by Rhiannon blog! This is the place to check out all the goings-on behind the scenes in the studio and find out about new print designs and products before anyone else. Please feel free to leave comments with your views, suggestions and ideas – I love talking to you lovely lot!