Here’s the pattern for tonight: Obama #1. It’s inspired by Stig Lindberg, an incredible Swedish designer. Here are a few examples of his patterns. You’ll see which one provided the concept for this one.
One more using that same teardrop shape…I keep thinking I’ll be able to do something with it that I really like, but so far they’re just so-so. I’ve been working on a pattern that I will hopefully post tomorrow. It’s much more elaborate and thematic than most of my other patterns. I’m hoping it will turn out looking similar to how I’m imagining it. Wow…that was a lot of gerunds in that last sentence.
Anyway, here is a little drawing of cartoon raindrops. I think it would be fun to animate this and use it in the background of a narrative cartoon. Henry is learning Flash, so maybe he will be able to help me animate it.
I’m still experimenting with the variable weight line and abstracted botanical shapes. I think I like the last one best—the result of subtracting almost all the elements. These look a little more Arts & Crafts than 50s. I’m trying to put my finger on what makes a shape evoke a particular period in time. Iconic decorative arts pieces?
I’ve always liked concrete blocks, especially the ones from the 50s that were poured with the different patterns left hollow. I took a pic of a big wall of them in NYC:
And here is my interpretation of the concrete blocks. It’s interesting how changing the foreground/background colors and moving the shapes around can create such different looking patterns.
When I was worried or frightened as a kid, my (new agey, ex-hippie) parents told me to visualize a white light or bubble around myself or whomever I was worried about. I spent quite a bit of time visualizing white protective bubbles….around myself, my sister, my parents, the cat, airplanes, my friends. It gave me a measure of security, a feeling of having some power to control my destiny.
I don’t get the same secure feeling now that I’m a skeptical adult, but the protective visualization can still be a comforting exercise. I googled “protective colors” and came up with this site, which has some info about how to create various kinds of protective forces around oneself. So here’s my distillation and abstraction of the information, in the form of a protective mandala, for Kelton and Sarah.