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Fruit print range: banana prints

Drawn by Rhiannon new banana prints

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?

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It began with a banana

Drawn by Rhiannon banana drawing

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.

Drawn by Rhiannon banana hand drawing

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.

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Let’s get started

Drawn by Rhiannon watercolour painting

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!