Based on the photos I took of the dead roses, I did a couple more drawings of flower heads, leaves and petals.
The first few drawings I did didn’t turn out quite right – they were a bit too dark and not delicate enough.
I then created a composition in Photoshop using the scanned in drawings. I wanted to create something chaotic and confusing, but I wanted to try doing a pattern that wasn’t symmetrical for once.
The removed the background because it makes the drawings easier to work with.
I then wanted to experiment with some colour, so I turned one of my photographs of the roses into a mosaic, to borrow colours from.
I created some layers underneath the drawing (which I set to ‘multiply’) and I used the brush tool to paint the colours underneath. I tried to create some sense of depth with the flat colour using different shades of the muted purple colours.
The colours looked best on the dark background, as they stand out quite effectively.
As I thought that the colours were looking a little bit too flat, I tried to paint using the brush tool over the flat colours I’d done. Although I think this looks a little better, I’m still not happy with how this looks so I will need to experiment with digitally painting colours some more.
I also made another pattern using the original composition, it isn’t a tiled pattern but thee is a possibility that I could easily turn it into one if I decide I like the way this looks. I think this kind of subject matter looks better in a chaotic style as opposed to something more ordered/simple.
I experimented with a few different colourings, including negative/inverted. The first experiment looks almost like an xray. It works really well but I wouldn’t be able to add any colour to this pattern. I do however like the white flowers on the dark background – I feel like it makes the detail in the flowers stand out more.
I also used some of the same colours in the painting test. I felt that the design looked a little strange with the leaves in the same colour as the flowers.
Using layers, multiply and layer masks, I coloured each flower separately. I also used a gradient on the pattern to give it a sense of depth, because I still feel like the colours are a little flat.
These last experiments were just experimentations with colours, I’m not thrilled with these results as I don’t feel that they work particularly well with the imagery, as the detail isn’t bold/visible enough.
I think this test was a good idea, it had given me some things to think about for the final print I create. I will need to think carefully about composition and also about how I will colour the drawings as well, so they’re not so flat looking.