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Working on :: the evolution of a pod

Tree pod photo and drawings

There has still been nothing resembling a sunny day today, my one opportunity to photograph and show you my finished printed fabric *sigh*. But I can show you my original drawing and a method that I’ve been playing around with since the snowflake obsession of last year.

I’ve been quite obsessed with tree pods lately and the boys (and I) have been dragging them home and they live at the end of my kitchen bench. This one, from a coastal tree, I found on the south coast in January and it is definitely my favourite. I love how it’s half popped and the shapes that are created. I sat with sketchpad and pencil (it’s been too long) and drew it and then scanned it into the computer. In Illustrator I put my scan on one layer and locked that layer and then on a new layer I used my Wacom tablet to trace the shapes. When I had done my best at tracing I actually removed my drawing to a new document so I wasn’t distracted by the pencil drawing. I wanted to maintain the ‘shape’ of the pod but I didn’t want to draw it in – I wanted the eye to make out the oval shape. Then I kind of went crazy and added extra lines, filled in some elements, rotated, moved and in some cases connected and disconnected. The tablet makes it really easy to move and reshape lines already drawn.

Now that it’s been blown up to almost twice the size and I have printed it in two different colours I can see that if I had my time over I probably would have filled in some of the little shapes but overall I think it worked well. What I haven’t told you is that I also wanted to somehow included the texture of the pod so I have done this in a very different way. It’s hard to explain but I promise (I keep saying that) I’ll show it to you soon.

If you find any interesting images of tree pods, make sure you send them my way.

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9 Responses to Working on :: the evolution of a pod

  1. Roni J. June 23, 2012 at 5:03 am #

    This is a neat idea. I have a neat pod I found two years ago, but I think it was already dried out. Remind me to show you. Also, I have asked for a wacom tablet for at least 3 Christmases or birthdays and I have yet to receive one. Any good places to purchase a cheap one? I need a review Libby! lol

    • Libby June 24, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

      Hey Roni – I hope you do show me the pod you found – I’m kind of obsessed right now. I made use of my student card and got my tablet from a student discount store. It wasn’t as much as I thought it would be although Wacom was the most expensive place to buy from.

  2. cathy@ma vie trouvee June 24, 2012 at 9:08 pm #

    What a cool visual post you have created. I love how you have the hand drawn image next to the photo. I look forward to seeing the final fabric Visiting from blogging 2.0.

    • Libby June 24, 2012 at 9:23 pm #

      Hey Cathy, thanks for stopping by with your sweet words. Just trying to find the perfect photography weather so I can share my fabric.

  3. Margaret Hogan June 25, 2012 at 12:21 pm #

    Love this Libby. I have an obsession with south coast tea trees.
    Margaret Hogan recently posted..…in which she scuttles out from under her rock to discover a gorgeous new eatery in Bathurst

  4. Brandi June 28, 2012 at 5:35 am #

    I love the texture of the pod!! It’d be awesome to see how you’d incorporate that into a design.

    I’ll keep my eye out for pods, but I haven’t seen any around here. That may be because I don’t venture out into nature beyond my backyard that often, but hey, if I find myself somewhere with lots of tree pods, I’ll for sure take photos for you!
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  5. misssrobin August 26, 2012 at 8:31 am #

    I can honestly say, I have no idea what a tree pod is. It sure looks cool, though. And I love your drawing.

    I got a little behind. I’m going to try a rapid fire catch up. Wish me luck.
    misssrobin recently posted..I Can Strengthen

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