Floral surface patterns

This week I’ve been learning how to use Adobe Illustrator to digitise my drawings and create patterns. I’m familiar with a few aspects of Photoshop so that’s helped me to find my way around Illustrator, and it’s been fun to see how some of the flower drawings I made last year using pen and watercolours could be transformed into something quite different.

One thing I haven’t been very successful with though, is keeping a check on how long I spend on my work. I’ve noticed that digital work or anything involving a computer is really easy to get absorbed in, to the point where you’re still in your pyjamas at 1pm and your eyes are burning from staring at a screen for 5 hours.

One of the differences between digital and ‘analogue’ art work is that there’s often (although not always) a finish point with analogue work where you can’t really do much more to a drawing. With digital drawing the possibilities are endless – you can add and delete, tweak colours and resize for ever and ever.

And even when you tell yourself that you’re not going to look at your digital work again for the rest of the day you find yourself sneakily opening the program and losing another hour in hunt of the perfect shade of yellow.

Or is that just me? Note to self: Remember to use my mouse timer in future.