When I have a design in mind, I often reincarnate a sketch from scratch (try to say "sketch from scratch" 10 times fast) in Illustrator. With this method, the final design takes much, much longer and is often extremely different than what I started with. My creative mind goes off on tangents - when I attempt to recreate 1 sketch element, I end up creating 10 others that are more interesting...I start playing... moving...grouping...make 10 more...playing...moving...grouping...and the cycle continues until I cut myself off or until that "AHA!" moment!
Recently, I've been working with my sketches as they are, dropping them via scan or digital photo into Illustrator and having at them. It's an exercise for me - some challenge, some fun, a lot more forethought, a lot more of me. Plus, a big design house told me they were inundated with "computer-generated" designs. I understand this statement on an aesthetic level, but on a fundamental level, that's where design lives these days. In an effort to rise above, stretch myself and see what my brain tells my hand to do, I will be creating a series of designs that includes a strong nod toward hand-drawn.
This design is influenced by moroccan elements and a lace doilie my grandmother made. OMG, I could not stop myself from coloring and re-coloring this design 100 times - very, very versatile, and I loved every single one! I may try coloring individual pieces, but I'm digging the 2-tone effect right now. Any opinions out there?
Here is the full quad repeat. The design is much larger and more dramatic in full scale.