Remember this Mod Fashionista that I created a while back?
Since I'm experimenting with designing patterns, I thought I would create a pattern to go along with this illustration. A pattern that might look good as a companion illustration (I'm thinking about the licensing market) and a simpler version than my previous attempt. I love simple shapes and bright colors, so I came up with this. It really was a fun and interesting project! HOWEVER now that I see the two illustrations together, maybe a flower motif would have been better. Well there you go, I've just decided on my next experiment, a flower motif.
This was an assignment that ranks right up there on my list of MOST FUN EVER jobs! I had to re-submit the first drawing though, because it was decided that the scarf was too realistic in comparison to the rest of the sketch. I knew that would probably happen but I enjoyed tinkering in Photoshop, and re-drawing the scarf by hand was a quick revision.
Eyvind Earle certainly had a unique perspective of the world. Born in 1916, he had his first solo show of watercolors when he was 14, and continued to his express his creative visions in a variety of mediums until his death in 2000 at age 84. His experimental graphic style enhanced Disney Studios animated films in the 1950's. When asked about his art, he stated that his influences were all the art he liked - "the Oriental, the Gothic, the Persian in it, as well as the moderns like Van Gogh". He lived by the Chinese saying, "Never put anything down on canvas until a year after you see it -- so that all you paint is the memory of it".
I like the fact that he remembered cattle as being rectangles and trees as ovals, and long shadows lent a certain mystery to the landscape in his mind. Images are courtesy his website, where you can read more about Mr. Earle: www.eyvindearle.com
The trees are starting to show a few yellow leaves - it's only September 7th, how can this be? It's too early for Fall to start unveiling its color show! With this transition in mind, I thought some mums in the background would perhaps get me more in the mood for Fall. It's not Fall that I mind, it's Winter which is attached to Fall like a shadow.