Drawings and Pattern Testing

Based on the photos I took of the dead roses, I did a couple more drawings of flower heads, leaves and petals.


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The first few drawings I did didn’t turn out quite right – they were a bit too dark and not delicate enough.


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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.
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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.

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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.


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The colours looked best on the dark background, as they stand out quite effectively.


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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