I was searching for inspiration in some old selvedge magazines and I came across this photo of a chinese skirt advertising a textile exhibition.
I thought it was really beautiful and I got slightly addicted to looking at it, hypnotised!
I wanted to start a new project with no preconceptions - to just start on a path and see where it ends up. So I started mark making.
I tried using all sorts of pens, pencils, paints, coffee and even nail varnish - there really isn't enough neon in the world for my liking!
This is the sort of thing I came up with. I quite liked the idea of eventually turning the circles into a skirt for a model or doll to wear. I'm not too sure how far I'll get with that though as it's really time consuming and I'm really impatient. I did play around with using the circles and stripes technique as part of a character design.
I liked the fact that my circles weren't perfectly round - they had a much more organic feel to them. I found the drawing process quite therapeutic which is always an added bonus.
I've been thinking about what to enter for the inkygoodness beer mat competition - all you have to do is turn a beer mat into a character. So I played around with my new techniques and came up with this. I'm going to post it off tomorrow. Exciting!! Fyi it's a beer mat cat in a hat (just in case you couldn't tell).