I start by sourcing my own photos with a tropical flamingo theme in mind. Then I pencil some rough sketches on paper to capture the beginning of the motifs and design. I draw the images separately and go over them with dark ink.
I integrate white space in the motifs to create a fresh modern water color style. To create this effect I place watercolor paper over my sketch on Art-O-Graf light board and paint around the lines and leave thin white spaces on the paper to break up the sections.
This creates a kind of stencil like effect.
I like to use black in my designs because black goes with everything!
I then scan the paintings into Photoshop to clean up the motifs.
The designs are vectorized in Adobe Illustrator and arranged to create a repeating pattern.