More Patterny-Pattern Fun

More Patterny-Pattern Fun

Posted by on Oct 1, 2014 in Christmas, S'Wicked Blog, Wrapping

I’m in between the wonderful MIID Summer School program, and the upcoming MATS course I’ll be taking from Lilla Rogers. But, I don’t want the learnin’-good-stuff momentum to stop, so I’ve been taking Bonnie Christine’s excellent CreativeLive course, Design Surface Patterns from Scratch. (If you’re interested in surface pattern design, I recommend this course without […]

Back to School – Part 9 – Intricate Chaos

Back to School – Part 9 – Intricate Chaos

Posted by on Sep 4, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

I fought with MIID Summer School’s final Advanced Track brief. Despite the clutter-bomb look of my office, I am not a big fan of chaos. So, this brief, which called for bringing many disparate elements together in one “Intricate Chaos” pattern forced me to go through a number of pattern iterations, trying to get to […]

Back to School – Part 8 – Feathers

Back to School – Part 8 – Feathers

Posted by on Sep 3, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

“Feathers” is the last MIID Summer School Intermediate brief theme. What fun to sort through all kinds of fantastic feather images, and compile them in a Pinterest board. After collecting my visual inspiration, I went to the drawing board (literally), and sketched first in basic ink-on-paper, and then with some color incorporated. (My husband dubbed […]

Back to School – Part 7 – Jewels

Back to School – Part 7 – Jewels

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

For those of you following along with my journey through the MIID Summer School, you can view galleries of everyone’s work for all three “round 2” briefs, here. Now, on to the third and final round of briefs, starting with the Beginner Track’s theme of “Jewels.” I started off, as usual, by creating a Pinterest […]

Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Back to School – Part 6 – Tribal Collage

Posted by on Aug 22, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

And…on to the MIID Summer School Advanced Track, Brief 2: Tribal Collage. Of all the Brief 2 tracks, this was my favorite. It didn’t specify any particular tribe or tribes to draw from, so I went back in time, back to one of my ancestral lands—Scotland—and drew my inspiration from the Picts. The Picts were […]

Back to School – Part 5 – Animal Prints

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 […]

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Back to School – Part 4 – Tribal Shapes

Last week brought three new MIID Summer School briefs. I’ll be honest; I was considerably less-enthused about these, than I was about the first briefs for each track. (Speaking of those first briefs, you can peruse everyone’s posted results for round one in all three tracks, here.) This week, the over-arching theme that encompasses all […]

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Back to School – Part 3 – Water Rays

Posted by on Aug 7, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

I had all these dreams and visions of sharing my inspired! creative! approach to Brief 1 for the Advanced Track of MIID Summer School. I played with all sorts of materials: watercolors, gouache—even torn up pantyhose. But with limited success with all three, and a looming deadline, I ended up at the computer, and, I […]

Back to School – Part 2 – Tropical Paradise

Back to School – Part 2 – Tropical Paradise

Posted by on Aug 6, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

And…more work for the MIID Summer School program. This time, I’m focusing on the Beginner Track, Brief 1. Unlike the Intermediate Track design I put together, this design required a lot of time in the sketching phase (and a lot of time getting converting paper and pencil to digital). After about a zillion hours creating […]

A Change of Pace – Back to School – Part 1 – Retro Geometric

A Change of Pace – Back to School – Part 1 – Retro Geometric

Posted by on Aug 4, 2014 in Illustration, S'Wicked Blog

Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted here on the S’Wicked Blog. All sorts of good stuff has been happening for friends, family, and myself over the last couple of months. One of those good things is my decision to participate in the Make It In Design (MIID) Summer School program, where I […]