1. I finished my print design!
For those of you who are interested, here are a couple of tutorials that really helped me to get my head around the process. Although it is possible to simply upload images to Spoonflower or suchlike and let them do the repeats, I wanted to learn it for myself and I have heard those-in-the-know say that this method yields a more refined result.
Mel’s Brushes’ tutorial shows you how to get Photoshop to do the same trick. Hence I drew my main two elements, the botanical piece and the balloon, scanned them in, cleaned them up and went from there.
The only thing I’d add to this excellent tutorial is that I had a little trouble at the offset stage. It only worked really accurately when I selected the entire layer I was offsetting first (in my case the layer with the botanical drawing in).
So this is my finished result — currently being used as my display backdrop. I expect that I will play around with colours over the next couple of weeks:
2. I’m still drawing little pieces of Islington for a large, illustrated map project that I am working on. I’ve taken to adding snazzy backgrounds to my sketches because I am that kind of fun person.
3. Last but not least — with an awful lot of help, I hung my show at Caffe Medici this week. It’s up until the end of November, do take a look if you get a chance! Seeing all of my work in there made my heart swell.