As I pictured in my head how I would draw semi-stick figures, a different inspiration came to me in a flash! I could create that image, as well as a bunch of other well-known paintings, in the style of traffic signs! Ah ha! I hit all the mainstays - see if you can name them all!
A note about scale. I like to work small, but since most of the contests are for designs on a fat quarter (18" x 21"), shown at the size above, small prints don't come off so well. But something I noticed other Spoonflower designers have done is to post the same design at different scales. So I decided to give that a try. I put the size above in the contest, and then reduced it to the size below, which is the actual scale I would like were I to use this in a quilt or something.
There a few tricks like that I've seen other designers use - like I had contemplated for my too-small Hanukkah calendar, if there are contests for specific-sized designs (rather than straight repeats), some will create designs one size larger that have bonus elements. For instance, if you "up-size" from buying a 8"-by-8" swatch with a single ornament pattern on it, and get a fat quarter, then you actually get several different ornaments. Or, if you get a fat quarter sized calendar on the more expensive fabric (which is wider), then you get a couple of coasters next to the calendar. These upgrades, completely non-coincidentally, provide more money to the designer! An even more time-consuming way to nudge people to buy more of your designs is to make the contest entries part of a coordinating collection of at least three or four different designs. I definitely don't have the time to create that many every week, but it's still an interesting idea to keep in mind.
Back to the design at hand - here are all the paintings I included:
- Composition II in Red, Blue, and Yellow by Piet Mondrian
- The Great Wave Off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai
- Orange and Yellow by Mark Rothko
- The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci
- The Kiss by Gustav Klimt
- The Persistence of Memory by Salvador Dali
- The Scream by Edvard Munch
- Water-Lily Pond by Claude Monet
- The Creation of Adam by Michelangelo
- The Son of Man by Rene Magritte
- Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh
- The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli
- Girl with a Pearl Earring by Johannes Vermeer
I'm pretty happy with how it came out. If I were to keep working on it, I would rotate around the individual paintings to various angles so that it could be used as a multi-directional tossed print. I have a tendency to treat my designs as regular drawings so they end up with a very obvious right side up. I tried to overcome this in things like the candy design, but then I realized I had still put the shiny reflections on the same sides of all the candies. I might also have tried to unify the palette across all the paintings a bit more. It's a funny and striking design, IMO, but it's really not very pretty. I mean, I can't imagine someone actually using this in a quilt or for a pillowcase or something. Maybe a dress for Ms. Frizzle! It came in 84 out of 158, with 62 votes.