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Cucumber the rabbit print: from drawing to final design

Have you read the blog post about the inspiration behind my latest animal print? If not, take a look at it here.

Drawing

One of the best things about designing your own fabrics is that you can draw anything you want. My pet rabbit is so fabulous that I thought she deserved her own rabbit print. She’s not your typical looking rabbit, more just a ball of fluff with ears. As adorable as this is, it makes her super tricky to draw! I chose three of her favourite positions to draw her in to give an idea of her character.

She likes to stand on her back legs to investigate things like a meerkat

I wanted to get across the fluffy texture of her fur so I decided to work in bold line work. I started with a pencil sketch to get the basic outline and an idea of where the fur ruffles were. Once I was happy with that, I went over the lines with a fine liner pen.

Her sitting pose is the most common pose she strikes

I found her face quite tricky to draw as there is so much fluff that a lot of her features get lost. The photo of her that I was drawing from here didn’t have her left eye in as it was hidden by fur. She does have two eyes!

She likes to lie down when she’s feeling very relaxed

Digitising the drawings

With all the sketches completed, it was time to scan them in to the computer for digital manipulation. The good thing about drawing with fine liner pens is that they show up well when scanned in. The sketches took very little cleaning up so I could move on to the colouring.

The colouring in was definitely the hardest part of the whole process. Her fur is bright white so it was very difficult to create any definition and depth with the colour. I tossed up between keeping the whole image light or having dark lines to define it more. In the end I decided to use darker lines to prevent the outline from getting lost.

On to the designing

When it came to arranging the design, I knew I wanted it to be a random scatter repeat. After lots of layers and nudging rabbits a millimetre here and there, the layout was finalised.

The finished rabbit print design with a white background

The design ended up being more cartoony than I envisaged which took a different turn from my other recent designs. I liked the simplicity of the monochrome rabbit print on a white background but I didn’t think this would translate well on to fabric.

Rabbit print with blue background
Rabbit print with blue polka dot background

My first thought was to contrast the white rabbits with a blue background. As you can probably tell from my print designs, I really like blue. There’s something very classic about blue and white together and I think this colour combination would work better for fabric printing.

Rabbit print with pink background

I don’t often use pink in my designs as I’m not a big pink fan. However I thought the pink worked well with the white for a soft girly design.

I was pleased with the final rabbit print design so it went in to production! You can find the mini lionhead rabbit design on reusable makeup remover wipes pictured above and on a coin purse with the blue background.

What do you think of the rabbit print? What other pet animals would you like me to make in to a print design? Let me know by commenting below!

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When your pet rabbit is this cute you can’t not make a print design inspired by her.

Cucumber, the inspiration behind the new rabbit print

If you’re a follower of Drawn by Rhiannon on social media, you no doubt will have seen the odd snap of my pet rabbit.

I’ve had Cucumber from when she was a bunny and she’s the only pet I’ve ever had so she’s really super special. She’s a mini lionhead rabbit which means she has small sticky-up ears and she has a big fluffy mane just like a lion. Cucumber is particularly fluffy, as most lionhead rabbits lose the long fur on the rest of their body after the first shed but Cucumber keeps hers all year round. Every time we go to the vet she has a crowd of people coming to look at her and she looooves the attention.

Cucumber the mini lionhead rabbit
Cucumber showing off her fabulous mane

She also has the best personality of any rabbit I’ve met. She is really clever (she hid her food under the hutch to convince me she’d eaten it all so I’d buy her new food) and can be really cheeky sometimes, but most of the time she’s just super lovely. She loves hopping around the garden and then sitting on the sofa watching TV in the evening. All of this just makes her the best rabbit ever – no offence to all the other rabbits out there! So I just knew I had to make a print design inspired by her.

Cucumber the mini lionhead rabbit
It can be hard to get a photo of her sitting still as she hops super quickly

One of her favourite activities seems to be rabbit yoga as she does some crazy stretches like she’s in a yoga class. I wanted to include some of her best poses in the print design so I followed her round for a few days to try and capture her different positions. Most of them were pretty fuzzy so not share-worthy but they were good enough for me to get the structure of her frame right.

Keep an eye out for the next post to see the drawing stages of the print design…