Thursday, October 14, 2010

How a drawing becomes a digital pattern

I was able to be a guest blogger on a fabulous blog Craft Rookie and I made this post last month.  While I realize that some of you may not have been able to see it there, I'm re-posting it here. After all, I think it's a pretty great post ;)

Today is a really special post where I'm going to show you some secrets of my hand drawings in my wedding invitations.  I have a degree in Drawing and Painting and, naturally, the skills and style that I create in my paintings leak into the designs for my wedding invitations.  I have always been drawn to geometric designs and repetitive patterns.  It wasn't until I was in college that my father showed some of his sketches (he studied art a very little bit in college before switching to be a computer engineer) and surprise! he also is deeply interested in geometry, lines, and patterns!  I feel like it was meant to be!
(one of my intaglio prints where I incorporated one of my father's (and my grandfather's) design into my own)

Well, with all of that background, I'll start to explain my wedding invitation designs.  While all of my designs are not hand-drawn, I feel I am unique because a lot of the designs and ideas are directly from my personal sketchbooks.  It's very hard to find a unique and personal feeling wedding invitation out there, and my hand-drawn designs are perfect just for that!  In the future, I will be drawing and producing many more hand-drawn designs for my wedding invitations.  I want to have a plethora of great modern and yet down-to-earth designs for all brides to choose from.

A couple years before I started my business, I was sketching all the time, but I was having a really tough time getting my designs to be repetitive. It was a lot of experimentation and a lot of failures. And then one day, I happened upon this miracle of a post by Julia. Seriously, she made my life so much easier, not to mention how hooked I got at creating repeating drawings.

To sum it up, Julia teaches a simple pen and paper way to create a repeating drawing where the paper is cut and taped together.  I love using this technique because it allows me to draw the design with my own hands (not relying on a computer to do the work for me).  I give me a great sense of accomplishment and I love how it looks.  I provided some close-up pictures so you can see how I actually cut and taped the paper back together. The flower pattern is a lot more cut-and-paste than the paisley, but they both use the same basic technique.

After I finish the design, I then scan it into the computer to erase little mistakes and color the design.  I could color it by hand, but I enjoy being able to change the colors and modify the design to my needs.

Once the designs are finished, I incorporate them into my wedding invitations. Here are just three of the wedding invitations that use some of my hand-drawings.  There are several more invitations on my website that utilize my hand-drawings, and you can look for even more coming up in the future!

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