A Half-Drop Repeat of Sweet Potatoes and Avocados

My plate is full of ideas with little time to execute them. This kinda bums me out, to be honest. If only I could clone myself...

After weeks of feeling overwhelmed, I’ve come to my senses, finally, and I’ve decided to focus by limiting my projects and to devote my time to learning all I can about creating collections of patterns. A couple of weeks ago, I was in the process of learning how to do half-drop repeats in Photoshop. Then, distracted, I started to work on developing new ideas, but today, I picked up where I left off. I re-watched Bari J’s e-course and by using the avocados and sweet potatoes from this post as motifs, I came up with this pattern. I like it! I also started playing around with color indexing to make more color ways, and so far, it’s pretty damn tedious. But still, it would be a good thing to know. Tomorrow, I’m going to experiment with the indexed version by exporting it to Illustrator to see how it handles being converted to vector. We shall see!

PS. I’ve been binge-listening to a new-to-me podcast called Girl Tries Life with absolute vigor. Victoria Smith’s interviews and stress reduction tips are immensely helpful. BIG LOOOOOOOVE.

Thinking About Designing Stationery

peaches in gouache

I’ve chosen to design my next paper products with inDesign (as opposed to Photoshop). inDesign has been on my bucket list forever, so rather than put it off any longer, I’m going to take this time to learn it. I can’t think of a better incentive to learn inDesign! So I started watching a 10-part ecourse on Skillshare by Martin Perhiniak. He sounds like he knows what he’s talking about, and I’m enjoying the class a lot.

I painted these peaches wet-on-wet as part of the exercises in Leah Goren’s gouache class.