The Bootcamp assignment for March was to create bolt fabric patterns inspired by Jello molds and vintage desserts. When I saw the brief, I had the similar reaction as other bootcampers had – what? Jello?? But as soon as I did the image research on Jello, I understood why Lilla chose this subject for our assignment. It is fun and colorful, the shapes are interesting, it's nostalgic, and it's challenging to draw!
As usual, I started with mini icons. I played with colored pencil, markers, watercolor, and pencil sketches. In the beginning, I had struggled with accurately drawing the complex geometric shapes and the transparency of jelly. After some ugly sketches, I had loosened up a bit, just to focused on capturing the colorfulness of it. I also drew some objects that a vintage kitchen has. Everything started to be fun!
Lilla's suggestion for the color palette this month, was muddy neutral colors and pale/pastel colors. I love these colors as I grew up with the influence of Japanese design, and Japanese tend to have a great soft color sense.
I vectorized and colored my hand drawings in Illustrator, then made the pattern by using Pattern Tool and traditional method. This step took me a long time and I could only make one coordinated pattern before the deadline. But I am developing it into a collection now.
All the bootcampers' beautiful works are shown on MATS Bootcamp's online gallery. Check it out! http://bootcamp.lillarogers.com/bootcamp-march-2014-gallery/