I have some free printables for anyone who wants them! These are to make a cute little christmas bunting. Just print (you can pick red or blue or combine the two!) and cut out around the grey outline, then punch holes at the top of each shape and thread the ribbon through. Easy! I recommend good quality cardstock or photopaper because they can tend to curl up over time on cheap computer paper and the color doesn’t print as nice. click on the links below the images to download as a pdf.
The blue version: michellelobeliachristmasbuntingblue
The red version: michellelobeliachristmasbuntingred
These were made out of the icons I drew for these christmas patterns:
And if you like this pattern, consider buying it on a cushion or another item I have available on redbubble here.
The second weeks assignment was much more difficult than the first both because of the subject matter and the format (plates!) I couldn’t find a way of drawing Staffordshire pottery figurines in my style in a way that I liked. They are super cute in a derpy kind of way and I can see a lot of artists styles would be a perfect fit for the subject matter, but when I was half way through my first plate having finished the mini with some serious doubts, I was so frustrated I decided to scrap it and start over.
I decided to go a little broader and see if I could find something I was better suited for that was still within the realm of the subject matter. Soon I was looking at antique plates from the same era and I decided to study antique plates in general. I liked the monochromatic designs with very ornate detail and imagery which stayed within that pastoral, english country life theme.
I brainstormed ideas for things to draw and made thumbnails for how I might want to compose the designs. In my first attempt I had done my usual method of drawing lots of icons and then trying to fiddle around with them in photoshop, but I couldnt shake the feeling that it just looked like art slapped on a plate and not art actually made for a plate and so I was determined to take a more thoughtful approach this time.
I had never designed on a circle before and its a lot harder to plan for scale. So I went super basic and actually took a plate and traced it out on two pieces of paper taped together (I wanted to be able to fit the art easily into the scanner later). I draw the whole plate design in pencil directly on the circle, only drawing the quails separately. I used this method for two of the plates and on the last plate with the central image I drew a quarter of a circle on the corner of the page and did border that I could complete in photoshop and drew the central image on a different sheet of paper.
Deciding the colors took awhile, but I really wanted to stick with the idea of referencing those old antique plates so I still wanted most of the line work to be monocromatic in blue and white. In the end I decided to pop in some soft yellow to add a bit of contrast but without taking away from the idea too much.
It was hard to find a way to compose the presentation image because most of the detail was on the edges. Im still not sure if it pops enough as a smaller thumnail image, but I like the artwork and think it would look really cute on melamine plates for a summer time picnic or something.
I’m proud of myself that I took the time to do the whole border and not try to take digital shortcuts because I think it made the finished piece more successful (the stippling in the border took me foooooreeever). I’m pleased that I’m learning to draw birds in a less representational way and work on stylizing them in my own way. Sometimes I worry that my artwork is too cute and not adult enough or cool enough but I absolutely adored drawing those quails and pheasants and the other country birds and I hope my concept comes across.