Patches ‘Making-Of’

November 19, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

Our second event as ‘Design Sorbet’ will happen on the 1st of December, at ‘Patches’ market, a hand-made Christmas Fair which will take place at the Magazino Hall in Valletta,Malta from 1pm-8pm. We have designed & illustrated the poster for Patches fair, and in this post you will find the process :) along with snippets from the material that we are currently working on, which will be for sale during ‘Patches’. The poster below was first illustrated in pencil / pen and then rendered and finished in Adobe Photoshop.

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This was one of my initial ideas, I just didn’t like the girl so much.. it looked a bit too cutesy

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I wanted to frame the illustration in a slightly distorted circle. I added a few textures and used colours that make it look ‘icy’

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I lowered down the opacity of the circle so I could see the sketch

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I started tracing the deer using a graphics tablet, and the lasso tool. I wanted a no-outline finish with a solid colour & some brush textures

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Slowly building the deer from a number of layers

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Playing around with the scarf colours

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Adding details such as a button for the eye

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The idea was to have a patched-up deer, so I added stitching marks here and there

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tried a black rough outline because I felt the deer needed some contrast, but it was looking a bit too grungy for my tastes

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It took a few back and forth emails between the Patches team & myself to get the right colour scheme, we decided to go for a bright/dark red (if that makes sense..)

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The background was looking a bit meh, so I created a few christmas decorations & accessories to generate a pattern

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I lightened the pattern so it wouldn’t get all the attention, and left the pattern around the hand-drawn text dark, so it looked like a banner

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Added another layer of hand-drawn text, so it popped out a bit more, and started adding extra info, now using a decorative font


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et voila :)


Dot Rendering.. can you guess what this is? :)

And here are some snippets for what we’re preparing for Patches Market!



Ruth’s ‘test batch’ of biscuits.. won’t tell you the recipe yet but they’re bloody delicious!



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And this is Sarah working on the silk screen prints!

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