I've been working on a really fun new project lately - surface pattern design collections. I have always really enjoyed making technical repeat patterns, and recently decided to try to expand into that area of design by getting together some full collections for art licensing. I set up a schedule for myself for creating one full collection every month, and divided the month into four stages of design: inspiration, illustration, pattern making, and presentation. For accountability, I also want to share my progress at each stage at the end of each week.
So, this is the work I've done this week - the "inspiration" week of my first collection. I think it's really important to focus your design choices somehow. There are so many things I could do, and I usually have so many ideas, that a huge part of the design process is just making decisions about which design elements are right. Sometimes when I design something, it ends up establishing a certain feeling, but a lot of times it wasn't necessarily a feeling I was going for. It's helpful to really think about why and how specific design choices can establish a certain mood.
My inspiration starting point this month was the look of the sky in late November, which expanded to all kinds of things - the trees, the animals, the stillness, the first frost, etc.
After choosing images and physical elements that represented the theme, I also created a color scheme, list of adjectives, a title, descriptive paragraph, and a list of motifs and icons to illustrate. I went through my own photographs to collect reference images and took lots of new photos of things like bare branches and fallen pink leaves. I'll be back next week with all my illustrated icons for this collection - I can't wait to see the whole thing unfold!