Pattern Sketches and New Ideas

After seeing a Mucha Exhibition at the Fullerton Museum a few weeks back and struggling to find a little bit more direction with my own work, I started working on new sketches and direction for my work. The recent commission I did was a bit of a "test" to see how things may work with framing and background patterns. I found it successful, but only had it committed to paint. The next task will be to work up some watercolors.

In the mean time, I've been working in my sketchbook fairly rigorously to play around with composition and keep up with my drawing practice. Having started back on a new film, the hours available haven't been all that kind. Early morning (with plenty of coffee) seem to be the only way that it will come together. Carrying a sketchbook and looking for brief moments of waiting being the other. 

A Portrait that seemed to work pretty well. Compositions with hair have always worked well for me, abstracting them into shapes and framing.

A Portrait that seemed to work pretty well. Compositions with hair have always worked well for me, abstracting them into shapes and framing.

Not as successful, but there is something to blending the patterns into a physical environment. The push and pull of lines doesn't quite work for me in this one, but there's something to be said for giving it a go. It's a fairly incomplete pattern though.

Not as successful, but there is something to blending the patterns into a physical environment. The push and pull of lines doesn't quite work for me in this one, but there's something to be said for giving it a go. It's a fairly incomplete pattern though.

This one seems to have hit a lot of my markers for success. The triangular composition, juxtaposing circle and patterns with a solid frame. Not sure what I was thinking with the "flames" in the bottom corners, but that's easily revised (or accepted). This may be a piece in the future.

This one seems to have hit a lot of my markers for success. The triangular composition, juxtaposing circle and patterns with a solid frame. Not sure what I was thinking with the "flames" in the bottom corners, but that's easily revised (or accepted). This may be a piece in the future.