I started the year off with a daily drawing challenge, and I really enjoyed it! It helped me explore new topics for my patterns, and draw things I normally wouldn't draw. I made a point of learning new digital drawing techniques, re-learned procreate, tried new workflows and even explored the Photoshop pattern preview tool instead of building my patterns in illustrator (Pattern preview on photoshop is now my all time favourite thing!). I really felt good about my progress in January, and it was definitely something I needed to get the creativity flowing.
I have always loved the idea of drawing challenges and art prompts, because they get you to push your personal boundaries and can help expand your range as an artist. That's why I've decided to do another art prompt for the month of March... but this time I'm focusing on colour palettes!
I have participated in colour prompts in the past, my favourite is hosted by Colour Collective (previously on twitter, now on Instagram!). What colour collective does is posts a new colour each Saturday, and you create a drawing with each featured colour. Then everyone shares together every Friday! If you're in to art prompts, be sure to check them out - they post a new colour every week, plus it is a great way to interact with other like minded creatives & meet new artists.
For my newest art prompt, I've created palettes with 3 colours for each prompt to use as the colour theme. This prompt gives you a new colour theme every 3 days, so you have more time to explore and play around with each palette before starting a new one. Like my previous art prompt, I generated these colour themes randomly with AI - I had no idea what I would get! There are 10 colour palettes in total to explore for March.
If you'd like to participate too, I've included the full March Hues Colour Prompt below, full with colour swatches and hex codes!
I'm excited to find out where these colours will take me on my newest art prompt Journey! I'll be sharing the artworks I come up with on threads and X using the tag #MarchHuesPrompt - use this tag if you join in!
Enjoy & happy drawing! :)
Today I'm sharing another one of my newest pattern collections, my celestial moon phases pattern! This illustration was another result of my January 2024 daily drawing challenge, from the prompt "mystical moons" which was day 5 of my prompt list.
I've been experimenting with digital art techniques lately, and doing a lot of my illustrations on the app Procreate. I'm loving the ease of drawing on my iPad, and that I can take it anywhere. I drew this pattern on Procreate, but then I imported it to Photoshop to turn it into a pattern, so I'm still incorporating adobe in a big way. I am preferring this workflow instead of making a pattern fully on procreate - adobe is more forgiving when placing your illustrated elements, and I find it gives you more flexibility in creating a repeating pattern.
For this pattern I really just wanted to keep it simple, but had the idea of each moon phase sitting inside a diamond frame to create a tile pattern. I added a glow around each moon, a speckled deep grey background to give the look of stars, and framed each moon in a vine and stars lattice. The result is a moon phases pattern with an ornate twist!
I love how it turned out, and enjoy it on the products I've designed so far. What do you think of this pattern?
I've added this pattern to products on Society6, Zazzle and RedBubble. I really love this pattern on home decor, it adds a touch of mystical moonlight to furniture on Society6. It is also a great bedroom print, being night time themed and giving bedding and fleece throw blankets a celestial, sleepy feel. But I also added it on tech accessories and a few apparel items. I particularly love how Apple Watch bands looked with this pattern, the lattice tile really adds a decorative feel to it.
I started the year off in January with a daily drawing challenge. This was a neat way to start the year, because I actually used AI to create a daily drawing list of completely new drawing prompts. It was a really fun exercise and the prompts that I ended up with had me drawing everything from penguins to vinyl records! Click here if you'd like to see and use these 31 prompts for your own daily drawing challenge. While I didn't create drawings for all 31 days, I did manage 21 of them - which was a fantastic start for me. These gave me lots of new drawings to focus on for creating patterns, and I've been working away on finalizing them.
One of my first and favourite patterns completed from my January drawing challenge was my new Moon Garden Floral Pattern! This was based on my day 3 prompt which was Botanical Dreams. When I saw this prompt, my thoughts went to night blooming flowers. When researching night flowers, I stumbled across Moon Gardens and I was immediately drawn to this concept.
A moon garden is a garden that is filled with white, silver, or reflective petal plants that are meant to look beautiful when viewed in the moonlight at night. Since we're so used to enjoying gardens during the day, a garden created to be enjoyed at night is so unique. Since the flowers and foliage would have such a magical, glowing look in the moonlight, I thought moon gardens would be the perfect floral to focus on for my Botanical Dreams prompt.
I drew flowers that can be found in a moon garden - moonflowers, angels trumpet, garden phlox and hosta leaves. The result is a white, green, yellow and pink garden scene on a dark navy blue background, with speckles of tiny flowers and blooms of larger ones.
This pattern is now available for purchase on home decor, accessories and apparel! I'm listing the places you can find it below. I am particularly partial to the collection I've designed for Zazzle, as the accessories and drinkware in this pattern feature a customizable monogram, and I have designed these so you can change the background colour of your moon garden item.
Moon Garden Floral Pattern Collection
Hello all pet lovers! Today I wanted to share my lineup of pet bandanas with you. I've been so excited to design these! I've been on a pet supplies kick lately, and these are just one of the pet items that I've made available in my shops. These pet bandanas are available in the same designs as my fish shaped cat mats, bone shaped dog mats and super soft fleece pet blankets... so you can even coordinate your whole cat or dog set up with a design that totally matches their personality! :)
Dog & Cat Bandanas from RedBubble: the Lowdown
Each bandana is crafted for comfort and durability, ensuring your pet looks good and feels great. The soft fabric is gentle on your pet's fur, and the tie-on design allows for an adjustable fit, perfect for pets of all shapes and sizes. Whether you're out for a walk, heading to a pet-friendly event, or just lounging at home, a Redbubble pet bandana is a simple yet fashionable way to express your pet's unique personality.
These pet bandanas make the ultimate cute accessory for your pet! I've designed over 200 pet bandanas with my wide range of hand drawn patterns and design so you can be sure there's a pattern, color, or theme to suit your pet's personality perfectly. Whether you're dressing up for a special occasion, taking a festive holiday photo, or just going for a walk in the park, bandanas are the perfect way to add a dash of charm to your pet's appearance!
Here are a few more of my favourite bandanas.
Did you dress your pet up in a Tanya Draws patterned bandana? I would absolutely love to see your pet photos! Snap a pic and tag me @tanya_draws on threads or instagram, or @tanyadraws on X! I cannot wait to see your adorable cat or doggo.
Looking for more pet items? I have also started designing a range of pet bowls and pet beds over at my Zazzle shop! These are customizable so you can even add your pets name.
I had shared a while back that I was going to start working on my Spoonflower shop, and I'm happy to let you know that it is making great progress! As of today, you can find 40 of my patterns on Spoonflowers wide variety of fabrics, wallpaper, and home goods.
It seems that over the years of designing, I've amassed a catalogue of over 240 patterns! Time does fly when you're having fun. :) This does mean I have a lot of work to do to add all my patterns to Spoonflower, and I will be adding them weekly. I'm starting with the seasonal ones for upcoming holidays and special events, as well as my best sellers. But if you have any requests for designs to add to Spoonflower in the mean time, let me know in the comments below!
Why I'm Selling on Spoonflower
You might be wondering why I've decided to choose to sell my art on Spoonflower. While I'm not a sewer (or at all crafty) myself, I've always loved the fabric format and the thought of my art helping someone else's vision come to life. When Zazzle introduced fabric a few years back, I jumped on it, and my Fabric Collection has been a consistent staple in my shop ever since. Fabric is absolutely perfect for pattern designers, so expanding my pattern catalogue to a wider range of customers looking for fabrics was a natural next step for me.
Spoonflower has a print on demand platform where artists are able to upload their artwork on fabric, and post their patterns for sale on the Spoonflower marketplace. The thing I like about spoonflower is that there are no contractual obligations for design exclusivity like there might be if you go the art licensing route. I am able to sell my designs on Spoonflower but also keep selling them on my other print on demand shops, which is great.
Another thing I like about Spoonflower is that they have contests that are accompanied by art prompts. I love a good art prompt, and have found inspiration to design based on the prompts Spoonflower has shared. I am really enjoying this part of spoonflower, and I love seeing the work that the community comes up with for each prompt!
While Spoonflower is mostly known for their fabrics, they also have a great offering of peel & stick wallpaper, as well as home goods such as pillowcases, duvet covers, tablecloths and more, so if you're purchasing fabric or wallpaper you can also purchase home goods to match your project.
My designs on Spoonflower
I've added a few of my past best sellers to Spoonflower so far, as well as entered a few designs into Spoonflower contests! Below are a few that are currently available to purchase. If you'd like something in a different colour, let me know and I will add it for you.
Hi! I'm Tanya, an illustrator and graphic designer from Ontario, Canada. You can find my illustrations and patterns on a wide variety of websites, such as Zazzle, Redbubble & Society6. Aside from designing, I have a love of cats, reading & video games! If you want to see what I'm creating lately, check out my twitter & Pinterest pages below.
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