Design, Illustration, Personal Projects

Tips for illustrator pattern-making. Works in any version of CS or CC.

I don't know about you but I love making patterns, but I've always had a hard time figuring the repeat out. Here's a great tutorial that works in every edition of illustrator. 

 

Hat tip to Daniel Fishel for showing it to me!

Plus, if you find you're getting little white lines in your patterns that drive you nuts, here's a simple tutorial on fixing that!

fashionclassroom.com/blog/fixing-lines-in-illustrator-patterns

For me, what fixed it was in my Illustrator preferences I turned anti-aliasing off and then on again and they disappeared.

100DayProject, Personal Projects, Illustration

Week 4: Weird Celebrations and an apology

This week's theme was odd celebrations. Who knew there was a "Lumpy Rug day"? Who knew we needed one?  

Why yes! There are 9 days in this week, because I got overexcited last week and started on Sunday and there's an extra.

The apology: We couldn't invite some guys to the party I was having because I found out they might turn into bears.

Nobody wants party bears. Poor, lonely party bears.

In other news, I also bought a parallel pen, which is used for calligraphy, I used it on the "Super Sock man" Superhero Celebration day. 

Editor's note: All of these photos were taken under EXTREMELY POOR LIGHTING CONDITIONS.  I should switch my times around so I can get decent photos in the morning. 

100DayProject, Personal Projects, Illustration

Week 3: Days of the week, week

Experimenting with Blackletter and an angry back incident made for a bit of a midweek slump. Ow. Still loving 3D Thursday though. Felt a bit better after that.

Also jumped the gun on the next week and  celebrated national pretzel day too early. Should have had a "Something Sunday…" So here's a chubby pretzel!

100DayProject, Illustration, Personal Projects

Week 2: #100daychallenge Theme: Food

This was the first week I gave myself a theme: Food. Pretty happy with how things are turning out. I'll get last week's up eventually… 

Note: all of these were taken with iphone5 camera, with pretty much the worst lighting possible. I find myself doing them at night in front of whatever TV show we're watching, lately a lot of Bob's Burgers

I have nowhere to go but up!

#100daysofbadhandlettering

100DayProject, Puttering, Personal Projects

This week in The Office

I came to realize after the first week of lettering quotes that if this is going to be sustainable. I'm going to need some themes. I roughed out the next 5 weeks or so, and it feels good to have something to bounce ideas off of instead of the million-and-one things that are never good enough to write, or depending on things I'm watching in the evening to provide me with a good quote or word.

Last night we watched The Babadook, which was beautiful, the art direction and color palettes were amazing. 

Design, 100DayProject

100 day challenge

Fart_jokes

Hello to all three or four of you that are reading this! 

So I've made it through 3 days so far, I might as well announce that I'm doing the 100days project.   

What Is the 100-Day Project? It’s a celebration of process that encourages everyone to participate in 100 days of making. The great surrender is the process; showing up day after day is the goal. For the 100-Day Project, it’s not about fetishizing finished products—it’s about the process.

The action I decided upon is to create some loopy, goofy, playful (and probably pretty bad) handlettering. You'll find it on instagram under the hashtag #badhandlettering My goal is to just make a bunch of it and hopefully get to #okhandlettering and then to #prettygoodhandlettering. My inspiration will come from things I overhear, funny conversations and the occasional internet troll. 

I promise absolutely nothing profound, no RUMI quotes or Ben Franklin platitudes unless they're 100% made up.

It's probably going to be mostly badly photocopied fart jokes TBH.

"I like turtles" -Abraham Lincoln

Puttering

Well I'm Heather C. and I'm back from the dead.

Chillin' at the beach down at club Med… Ok, actually just work–busy, so things have been a bit Instagram-focused lately. I'm starting a couple of new projects that I'll try to share bits of process as I go.

Here's a very recent collaboration (Yes, that's me!) with wonderful photographer Jeremy Pair jeremypair.com to get a little more personality onto the site here. I have a really fun set that I'll be using for the new header as soon as I pull them together and–I'm looking forward to more collaborating with Jeremy in the near future.