My, did the story of this design take twists and turns.
(This is a post about my thought process when I create and what a design takes to be birthed. It might be longer than the usual, so just be warned. If you want to download this wallpaper straight away, scrolly scroll to the bottom.)
You see, I started doing this animal print, but I wanted make it more interesting than your typical animal print. I thought, “what if I combined two animals together to get a super animal print!”
My inspiration came from a bike ride to the National Mall, where I saw a lady sauntering ever so casually down the road. She had a shirt on. The shirt had a BIG black and white floral overall print, but then just one sleeve was a small colorful ditsy floral.
I thought that was a neat… juxtaposition, as an art teacher would say. Very edgy and the two patterns really accentuated each other to make something more. So that’s what I tried out with the two animal prints.
In this case I put together a leopard and an ocelot to make some freak version of a feline print…
(tangent ~ have you seeen an ocelot? so effin adorabibble. click click to see it. but then come back here.)
Uhh. This just wasn’t working. If this was to be a wallpaper, it had to feel calmer. Plus, the color palette was making me ill.
(The palette above was inspired by this color combo I saw on another street girl. Acid yellow with deep navy. I thought it neat. Hmmm… I’m noticing a pattern here. Girls on the street are my muses I guess. DC girls are pretty fancy. Lots of different styles going on.)
I had to step away. I took the dog for a walk in the park.
On the way back, I stopped in my tracks because this cool thing was happening in the shade.
I liked the play of the big far-away shadows of the trees with the smaller more sharpened detail of the flowers, so then I thought I could incorporate that overlay idea somehow with my animal print.
I tried and tried it but it just wasn’t working out like I hoped. I couldn’t make the small and big print meld together like Mother Freakin Nature (and Instagram) did above. I mean look at this…
Good lord. Looks like crap.
Time was ticking and I had to finish it. So then I got rid of the ocelot print and just concentrated on the leopard, which is what we have on the menu today folks.
Fluffy Leopard, with a side of cute.
Sometimes making stuff is about adding, then subtracting. And also walking and biking.
(oh shit, you can click to tweet that)
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