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Pen Analysis

Pen Analysis

Lately I have been really taking advantage of my subway time by drawing and have amassed a pretty shameless collection of pens. Here are some of my new favorites. What I am looking for in a pen is an ink that is very permanent because […]

Floral Print Reference Photos

Floral Print Reference Photos

Lack of reference material for floral prints has always especially frustrated me. You can find some great images of flowers online, but I sometimes feel uncomfortable borrowing so heavily from the photographer, who is of course originally responsible for many of the choices that make […]

If the Textures are Nice…

If the Textures are Nice…

I have also been eyeing the textures in the nearby cemetery. It’s full of many different kinds of stone, and with all manner of wear and decay. What could be better for realistic grunge textures? There’s even some very excellent tree bark.

Patterns at the Cooper Hewitt

Patterns at the Cooper Hewitt

I finally visited the Cooper Hewitt museum for the very first time! It’s beautifully ornate and full of patterns. The current exhibits were also of particular interest to me. There was a great exhibit on textile industry innovations. I saw a lot of things up […]

Building a Reference Library

Building a Reference Library

It can sometimes be hard to find just the right source images for a project. Nowadays, it seems designers seem to be stuck searching online for these materials. It can be time consuming and often less than ideal in the end, leading to copyright issues, […]

Valentine’s Cards

Valentine’s Cards

Drew some quick Valentine’s Day cards to send out and I thought they came out very cute.

My New Baby

My New Baby

So excited to finally see the beginning of a very long held dream, starting my own print design company. Today, Plumager Inc. has been formed as a New York state corporation and has applied for several trademark categories. Plumager Inc. will be creating surface pattern […]

A Skinny Sketchbook

A Skinny Sketchbook

I think it’s really true that it’s important to draw everyday and I usually have a small sketchbook in my purse to draw on the subway. One of my current ones is the Moleskin¬†Pocket Watercolor Album, which gives me different dimensions than I am used […]

Sketchbook Backgrounds

Sketchbook Backgrounds

I love having a background already in my sketchbook so I’m not faced with a blank page. I like to collect interesting papers to glue in here and there. It also makes the pages thicker so they can handle more ink. I’ve found a lot […]

Roses!

Roses!

I started drawing some roses for a pattern and my lovely roommate made me some rose tea! The roses were even the same color. It was nice to experience them with all 5 senses.