Over the past ten years of working in the apparel industry I’ve designed numerous textile repeats. Below are two versions of a Retro Tabasco Hawaiian Resort shirt I designed called “Bottoms Up.” What inspired this repeat was the 60′s. That time period had such a great design aesthetic and with “Bottoms Up” I was trying to capture that Atomic feeling.
This was my First Version of the design that I completed. It contained many more fluid shapes as well as an Atomic Star element that my boss insist that I remove for the Final Version.
In the Final Version I was told to add a bit more color along with the removal of several elements. I feel the design still captures the look I was originally shooting for.
It’s been a little while since my last post so I wanted to make sure that I got something up here for everyone to see and enjoy.
The last couple of days I’ve been organizing and backing up some of the artwork that I completed during my last few weeks at my previous job. I had done a series of different designs that were printed and were intended too be printed on TYVEK paper and fashioned into designer wallets. One such piece was titled “Rockin’ Guitar.” Like any design or illustration, it went through countless changes and alterations until it was completed and in the can. The more hands and opinions that deliberate over a design, the more likely it is to mutate from version to version. With “Rockin’ Guitar” the changes were more on the color side rather than the design. There were probably about a dozen different subtle versions, but instead of pasting them all up here I thought that I’d show you just a couple of the different color ways.
Above is the Original Thumbnail Sketch that I did to show my concept and how the design would lay into the wallet template. After the concept was approved I moved right on into the computer and began to execute and illustrate the piece. The powers that be requested that the design be multicolored and bright like a rainbow. I was also told to add several more guitars to flesh out the design. Below is the first colored version I completed.
This is the Full Design that wrapped around from the outside right into the interior of the wallet.
Above is the Exterior Artwork of the wallet as it would appear.
This is the Interior Artwork of the design as it would appear when you opened the wallet.
However, after countless changes in the details of the design and several major color alterations, I arrived at the version below.
I prefer the colors in the final version over those in my original coloration, but miss many of the details that my boss elected to remove. Such is the life of a Graphic Designer/Illustrator!
However, the design did not end there. We were working on new designs for our apparel line as well and since I had the elements already drawn and illustrated, I worked it up into a Textile Repeat to be used on both Lounge Pants and Boxers.
Besides the Textile Repeat, I also created the Lounge Pant and Boxer templates that I placed the artwork into. Click on the apparel above if you’d like to see them larger.
Enjoy and keep Rockin’!
That’s right, my Gallery is NEW and IMPROVED and even better than ever! Okay, maybe not “better than ever” but there sure is a lot more artwork than previously posted. ”So what’s NEW” you ask? Well my Gallery now has a new set titled “Textile Designs” that features a sample of the textile repeats and placement prints that I’ve done over the years while employed at Chiliwear, LLC. Below are just a couple for you to take a look at, go to the Gallery to see the entire set.
I’ve also added some new images in the Other Illustrations set as well. These added images are from a line of wallet designs that I created while also employed at Chiliwear, LLC. Again, below are just a couple for you to take a look at, go to the Gallery to see the entire set.
If you’re a fan of the “Twilight” book series, which my wife and it seems like almost every other woman I know is, then you might like the T-Shirt design that I added in the T-Shirt Designs set. I designed it for my wife and her friend. I plan to update it with the image from the last novel “Breaking Dawn.” I’ll get to it eventually, but until then enjoy the image below.
Enjoy the artwork, hope you like it. I plan to post on a more regular basis with new artwork and other such cool stuff.