So much for trying to post regularly. It’s hard to find things to share when you have nothing to show since your projects are still unreleased / under NDA (non-disclosure agreement).

This one I can show you though. I’m working on a nautical-themed collection. I already made one last year:

Nautical collection - May 2013
May 2013

 

I’m not really happy with it, though. The color palette is all over the place. So I decided to start from scratch and make a new version with a more thought-out, more cohesive, and less primary color palette.

Nautical collection - March 2014
March 2014
[pinit]

 

See what a more structured color palette can do? It instantly changes and dictates the art’s intended audience. If the old nautical collection looks more suited for K-Mart (SM Department Store if local), this new one gives more of a The Land of Nod vibe (Hobbes and Landes may be the closest local counterpart). I hope. Haha.

You will see I reused some elements from the old collection and changed a few things. I noticed my style has been subtly changing and evolving lately (which is good! You don’t want to stagnate). I’m simplifying my technique and going for a more casual, hand-drawn look, even if it is still vector.

Style comparison

Patterns, old and new:

Nautical collection - May 2013
May 2013. Ick. Too many colors.

 

Nautical collection - March 2014
March 2014
[pinit]

 

What a difference 10 months make. I’m constantly learning and growing and I love that it shows in my work 🙂

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