This is an example of a type of my digital painting that you haven’t seen yet. It is part of my design series that I created in the computer program Painter. I like the colors, flowers, and sense of Spring.
Flowers XVII, Digital Â© Diane Clancy
The creative process was fairly complicated – I started with vector clip art. I then brought the images into Painter and made nozzles out of them. The post Nature Reflections II talks about the difference between vector and bitmap images. The post Freckles in Flowers I discusses nozzles.
Once I made the flowers and such into nozzles, then I created the pattern. It is a 4-way repeat. Painter has cool tools so it is easier to get the corners to match up when repeating a pattern – using it more than once – in a seamless way. As with many thing, once I get the rhythm down, it is simple and easy. But then I have to relearn when I go to use this process again.
I really enjoy the colors and the sense of movement in this image. Several stores have bought this painting as a card to sell in their stores. I like looking at the flowers in this image – I think they are very interesting.
Thank you for looking and reading. In the comments there is a discussion started about licensing and more technical details about creating this kind of design.
~ Diane Clancy
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When I looked at this image, what I saw was wrapping paper and fabric. It seems there could be another avenue for licensing with this series. You have other images on your website similar to this that would also be appropriate in this way. Have you considered that?
Are the nozzles in Painter similar to the way you can make symbols in Illustrator?
Hi Sue –
I have actually done some marketing with these images for wrapping paper. You have inspired me to write today’s post in more detail about this issue.
I think nozzles are similar to the symbols in Illustrator. With symbols you can resize and rotate and such, but with Painter the way people often use them is to put in many different variations of an image and then let these variations come out in a natural way. Also Painter nozzles can have shadows.
But I will look into that. Illustrator didn’t have symbols when I was first working on these designs, so I never thought of symbols. Also, Painter has a way of “moving” around in the small unit block. In a pattern, one starts with a unit of the design and then repeats it in a variety of ways. In Painter one can make the center of the unit on the sides and the sides in the center. This way one can make sure the flow is seamless from one block to another.
Am I being clear? So that is an advantage to Painter. It is equiped to make designs. But I will have to think if there is a way to use symbols instead. Thank you for your ideas.
~ Diane Clancy
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You certainly could take this forward and design images like this for css styles for website design. I would consider buying the right to use them on a website say as a background image alson with other graphics and screen layout could make good web templates.
I think that the movement in this piece looks great I would love to learn how to put together my own pieces like this. I have a problem with only going solid or with things that contradict each others beauty.
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