My first thought was Seattle, since my family was headed there for vacation. And though I truly loved my time in Seattle (what a fun city!), I had a hard time coming up with a theme for my collection - sure, there's coffee and rain and music, but those themes just weren't ME.
As I was contemplating other cities, I decided to do something more architecture-based. Usually, my illustrations are pretty organic - so I thought focusing on buildings could be a nice change. Then I started thinking about different types of architecture, and of course, I decided to do something from the 1950s/60s. What city is known for their mid-century architecture? Palm Springs!
I've never been there, but I'd love to go some day. And once I started researching the Desert Modern Architecture and Eichler homes, of course I HAD to check out the going rate for one of them on Air BnB. Yikes! I'll have to start saving ASAP. :-)
First I started out by drawing the Palm Springs Houses.
I couldn't stop!
Those rooflines! The textures! The patterns! Even the landscaping was perfectly proportioned. I decided to focus on the different elements.
And just for fun, I did a quick pattern using my Pentel brush pen:
I intended to create my main pattern utilizing the houses, then create two more inspired by the elements. I envisioned a warm, pastel/coral palette, inspired by the desert.
And without further ado, here is my Palm Springs Mini Collection!
Here's a closer look:
If I ever get the opportunity to visit Palm Springs, I am DEFINITELY making myself a bag out of this fabric!
Please, please please head over to the HHAC blog to see the rest of the city collections. They are amazing!!
Have a fantastic weekend,