Pattern repeat on Photoshop is my favourite thing!! I completely forgot how much i love it.

I wanted to put my hand drawn designs into Photoshop so i could play around with scale and how it affects the design.

I found that although i really like the small motif pattern repeats, i did not like that almost all of the detail was lost, where as the much larger designs were a lot clearer.

Despite this, i think i would rather have it somewhere in the middle so that it is unclear what they are so that it draws you in and then you realise that they are bums. This is why some of the shapes don’t actually have the bum crack (need to find a better word!) detail on them. I quite like the playful idea that you aren’t quite sure of what you are looking at, but it makes you chuckle when you realise.

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Repeat Pattern

One of the themes of my project is repetition, so obviously i have been drawn to repeat pattern.

For these drawings i have focused on a few key shapes of both male and female bums. I was thinking about the different ways i could make a repeat. I really like the idea of overlapping the shapes because it makes a more abstract image, however, the individual shape can be lost, which is not the case for the image on the left.

Repeat Pattern

Drawing around a bum

I want to record actual shapes of people, so i tried using myself. The drawing on the left; i drew around myself with my back to the wall (where the paper was taped), this gave me good waist definition, but did not replicate the view of a bum as the shape of the front of your pelvis is different to the back. So, the image on the right, i stood with my front facing the wall and drew around myself again. This one worked really well as it showed the more smoother out shaped that you get from the rear.

This will come in useful when recreating the shapes in my practice, it will also be a great way to collect some primary research.

Drawing around a bum