Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

Posted by on Aug 20, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

The second brief for the Intermediate Track of MIID’s Summer School program again fell within the overarching Confluence theme. This time, however, the sub-theme was animal prints. Like the second Beginner’s brief, this theme wasn’t one that had me jumping up and down with excitement. I’ve never been a huge fan of animal prints, except when they’re on the animals, themselves.

So, I decided to approach it from a different angle, and avoid the typical “animal-rug” patterns—tiger, leopard, zebra—that immediately came to mind. Instead, I started to play around with marine animal patterns, and ultimately created my swatch from two: a textured scale pattern and an abstraction of a close-up view of a coral.

Animal Prints swatch by Jessica Southwick

Animal Prints swatch

After I’d completed my swatch, I mocked it up into a fun little tote.

Animal Prints tote bag mock-up by Jessica Southwick

Animal Prints tote bag mock-up

Next up, the Advanced Track, Brief 2, and it’s a doozy….