Since getting injured, I've been revising my old work and adjusting the designs to fit on more products on Redbubble. It means not drawing things from scratch and improving on a base that already exists. Kitty Madness, illustration below is one of my more popular designs and I drew it around 2016, just for fun.
Since getting into pattern designs, I've been going back on a lot of my best sellers on my Redbubble shop to turn them into patterns so that I could make the design available on all the products.
The first thing I do is offset the design in Photoshop and view it on Pattern preview to do a sketch and fill in the gaps of the pattern. Then I do a clean line work, put in the details and colour.
|4 step panel work in progress to create the pattern|
The result was the pattern below. I am pretty pleased with that. It has been a fun challenge editing the designs to work as a pattern.
It ended up looking great on the latest Redbubble products and I can't wait to buy a pair of tights for myself.
|Kitty Madness products available|
I think it's important to go back through old work and adjust to keep it relevant and available on as many offerings as possible. I've been adjust a lot of my older works during my break. It is a challenge to create pattern designs on illustrations that did not have that intent in the first place. I don't think it will work for every illustration but am giving it a crack, nonetheless!
Anyway, don't be afraid to adjust old pieces. It's a fun learning process and you might just pick up new ideas on how to do things along the way.
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