Sunday, January 24, 2010

playing with pears ...

Today I've been playing with pears. I had drawn a pear in my sketch book ages ago - just a shape and a few seeds. I scanned it in and began playing. Here's what I've done so far ...



All I know so far is that I like the shape and I like the seeds, but I'm still playing with everything else! I want to do two things with this pear - make a stand alone design (could be multiple pears involved) and create a repeating pattern. The next step for me (usually) is to go off and do something completely different for a while, come back with fresh eyes and elinimate the crud, and work on what is left. It's kind of a process of elimination combined with experimentation. As I am not formally trained in graphic design, it's mostly guesswork and instinct as to what works for me. Hope you've been having a good weekend!

17 comments:

Posie Patchwork said...

Oh love PEARS!! So adorable & i once gave some badges to a new friend with pears on them only for her to say 'oh, i grew up on a pear farm' how perfect!!
Coincidentally i have some pear stickers & paper chains on a giveaway over at my blog, love Posie

Kate said...

I love the pear shape. There's something so round and pleasing and plump about it. I love your pears. I crocheted the body of my bunny the other day and it looked exactely like a pear and I decided that when I finish my bunny I'll crochet a pear.

Gina said...

Hurrah for pears!

Teek said...

just love the pears. I can't wait to see what you do with them...
Tanya

tea with lucy said...

These are so cool Nic! You're so very clever.

beck said...

I love your images, I think a repeated pear pattern would look great! It's a shame that pears get a bum rap with that well used expression 'things going pear shaped' isn't it? Because really they are such a pleasing & positive shape. Good luck with your pear designs, who knows, maybe pears are the new fox?! xo

dillpickle said...

I like them so far! I'm looking forward to seeing where it ends up.... Pears are yum.

Amanda said...

These are great!!! I love what you have so far can't wait to see more...

Sally said...

I'm a big pear fan too!!!
Love your ideas so far.
I think, but don't quote me on this, that in the islamic faith Eve ate a pear not an apple... but again - don't quote me on it.

Pippi creates said...

Lovely pear you have there! Good luck with the ignore and it will come to you method. It always works for me!

Chasing Purple Dreams said...

Fantastic pears, I particularly love the one with the thick black out line and the seeds. Can’t wait to see where you go with this.

ellie said...

Pears pears pears. Yah! I did a pear print last year, and now my eyes spark up with I see them. Such a great shape, so fun to work with.
I sometimes wonder if not being a trained graphic designer gives you a freeness in your work, because you don't need to follow the rules.
Enjoy your experimentation.

Market Girl said...

love the shapes and simple lines. Even love them in black and white. Nice!

Bigprint Little said...

I love the design development process, it's always such a creative stage playing with motifs. I also use the go-away-and-do-something-else-and-come-back-with-a-fresh-perspective method when creating a new fabric repeat!
The pears look great, looking forward to seeing the end result.
Allison

moose and bird said...

I love pears. I can't wait to see what you do with your new pear design. I make pear shaped cushions, I think pears are going to be the new 'in thing'. Have a happy Australia Day.
Melinda xo

edward and lilly said...

You can't go wrong with pears, they're such a beautiful shape. I love the simplicity of yours.

amy prior said...

I love the first little seed design and the border of pears at the bottom- sweet!