Recently I’ve been expanding the range of images that I’m selling online. My fascination with making digital textures from traditional art media is growing. This isn’t something I had particularly planned but I’m really enjoying running with it.
It all started with a series of lino prints using an uncut sheet of lino and printing ink. I love the unpredictability of this medium and have produced a large range of grungy textures by varying the amount and type of ink or paint, varying the pressure and using different types of papers.
These have been selling well as stock images. I offer the original scans as JPEGs and vector traced versions as EPS files. The black sections in the EPS files can be selected separately from the white background to allow for maximum editing options and flexibility of use. I’m also planning to offer transparent background PNG files for customers who don’t wish to use vector editing software.
Below are demonstrations of how these textures can be used to add grungy or aged effects to a basic flat colour graphic.
Following the success of the lino printed textures I’ve also experimented with other styles using a variety of media. Again, these are offered as JPEG and EPS files and will also be PNGs. So far I’ve tried different paints on canvas and paper, made texture rubbings with pencils and crayons, made paper collages, handmade paper and tried a number of printmaking techniques. There’s been lots of rolling, throwing, splattering and having fun getting messy in a way I never could as a graphic designer in an office. I also discovered that PVA glue and tissue paper combined makes a surprisingly permanent dye if it touches lino flooring (oops!)
In contrast to my enjoyment of messy physical media I’m also slightly obsessed with the precision and calculation involved in making seamless repeating patterns. I’ve been selling these surface patterns on Etsy as printable JPEG papers for crafters. My next step is to sell seamless vector patterns in bundle packs. These are more useful for illustrators and designers because they’re fully editable and allow the customers’ to make their own colour and scaling decisions.
I’ve also been making sets of vector graphic elements and clip art for designers. The sample below (still work in progress) was inspired when I recently found my childhood Spirograph set in my parents’ loft.
I’m really enjoying the variety in my creative work at the moment and am looking forward to developing each of these directions going forwards. Now I just need a few more hours in each day to get round to the endless ideas filling my head.