Not long now until my Prairie fabric with Dashwood Studio is on the shelves and I just can’t wait! In the meantime I thought you might like to find out more about how I came up with the actual designs. I love looking in other designer’s sketchbooks so I thought it would be fun to share some images from my own sketchbook! Well I say sketchbook but I often tend to draw on large sheets of paper as I like the freedom and I have an A3 scanner so it’s easy for me to get them on my computer. The only problem I have is that my studio is full of sheets and sheets of paper full of sketches and drawings! I need to find a nice way to collate them all like a ‘proper’ sketchbook but that’s probably another post!
So as promised, here are some of the initial drawings I did for the designs for Prairie. I usually start off by sketching in pencil until I get most of my motifs drawn out and then I go over the pencil drawing with a fine liner pen.
I often love the black and white pen drawings as much as the finished designs. You can hopefully see from these images just how much detail went into each motif. I really wanted to give the impression of crochet and lacework. When I was doing the drawings I wasn’t entirely sure how they would look once they were scanned in and coloured but I was really pleased with the results. The drawings above and these next one’s are from the Crochet and Doilies designs in the collection.
The next few images are of the drawings I did for the Scattered Flowers design which has the soft blue background. I love this design and I’m so pleased with how the drawings translated into the actual design.
I really hope you’ve enjoyed taking a peek inside my sketchbook and the drawings that went into developing the Prairie collection. If you’d like to see more of my sketchbook you can have a look here. What techniques do you use? Do you use actual sketchbooks or do you tend to work on big sheets of paper like me? I’d love to hear about it!