|Part of my initial drawing on newsprint.|
I could have figured it out I'm sure, but with a deadline ahead, I decided to go old-school.
A quick word about computer graphics programs: Some are expensive but good, some are fun but too simple to really be useful, some are free but don't play nicely with others. Nearly all of them are less than intuitive to use. I know just enough to get half-way in and get mired and frustrated. I'm also frugal and have avoided buying the industry standard of Adobe Illustrator. I also haven't been sure if I really needed such a program as much can be done without these programs. In fact, some people can do great things with the simple Paint program that is on nearly all computers. I sometimes wonder if a drawing tablet and software would help me, but do I need it and can I figure it out? If you are a whiz at these things, let us know what you use in the comments.
|Needs a lot of work!|
My design wall is made with a 1 inch thick foam insulation, so it's easy to pin into.
There's something ironic and cheerful about using butterfly pins to stick something onto the wall.
I use two pencils taped together to draw stems. In this case, I used some batting as a separator for larger stems.
It is still so far from my original drawing but I'm still working on it. I could scan it it into the computer and use the graphics program to trace the drawing, but my software doesn't have an auto-trace function (Or I haven't found it yet....) so it would take a while. There's also just a nice feeling when I draw by hand and a more organic shape. That's important to the concept of this piece, otherwise I'd draw just an eighth or quarter of the design and then rotate it around for the entire quilt.
That's enough rambling about my designing. Now I am off to draw, erase, repeat. I can't wait to get started in fabric on this one!