The final project was to upload a couple of motifs and then to choose a motif of another designer and use those to develop a pattern.
Since I seldom use line drawings, and wanted to stretch in a new direction I chose this motif by Esther Jongste.
As I started playing around in Illustrator I think I was subconsciously influenced by my recent thining about the tribal trend (which interestingly I abandoned because I couldn't come up with anything I liked at all.) I've been wanting to come up with a texture that gives prints a hand-stamped feeling so played around with different textures. Interestingly, there is nothing of the line drawing image that initially drew me to this motif.
For my second attempt I committed to retaining the hand drawn feeling. I seldom work in black and white so this was a nice departure. And I ended up really liking the diagonals formed by the leaves as the motifs were flipped.
For my third try I decided to color in the drawing and try to come up with something that really stayed true to the original illustration.
In the end I really enjoyed this process. Working with someone else's motif gets you thinking in new and different ways. Just by looking at Esther's Illustrator file I was able to see and learn from the process she used to develop the motif. I love her strong lines and whimsical sensibility. All in all it was a fun process and I enjoyed playing around and doing work just to be doing work and not having any end product in mind. Thanks Esther!