Book Interview and Giveaway: Drip.Dot.Swirl.

Craft & Design

Header Von Dripdotswirl
Cover Dripdotswirl
Dripdotswirl Sampler
Drip.Dot.Swirl. by Von Glitschka
Artist Von Glitschka has a new book out called Drip.Dot.Swirl. 94 incredible patterns for design and illustration. The illustrative pattern book features a large collection of patterns to inspire you in your design work. In fact, the book comes with a companion DVD of all the vector patterns so you can modify them and use them in your own projects, from web site to promotional material, or even your digital craft projects. You can read more about Von’s new book on his blog, Art Backwash and follow him on Twitter at @Vonster.
Dripdotswirl Interior-1
See more interiors from the book in the sample spreads PDF.
I was really inspired by Von’s book and got a chance to ask him a few questions about design and illustration.
Natalie: Please tell us about your background in design and your new book.
Von: I’ve been doing what I call illustrative design for over 23 years now. My work reflects a good mix of both design and illustration so my new book which is all about illustrative pattern designs leverages both of these disciplines in a wide variety of styles.
Natalie: Where do you find your inspiration?
So many things over the course of the year I worked on this played a part in inspiring me. Some specific sources were things I saw in nature, conceptual words I tried to visually create, doodles I did, old tapestries by William Morris influenced my design as well. Once you start creating patterns though, it’s hard to turn it off. I just did this one the other day just for fun.
Natalie: Do you have any tips to our readers on how to create their own patterns?
I put together this simple step-by-step tutorial that walks you through creating a tile pattern. The download includes 12 step-by-step images and a notes file.
Natalie: What are your must have “tools” you use to create (digital and/or real items)?
Brain, pencil, paper, computer. Everything is birthed in analog and created in digital.
Natalie: What are you working on this summer?
Starting a new book project due in about a year.
Book Giveaway Time!
One lucky CRAFT winner is going to win an autographed copy of Drip.Dot.Swirl. as well as a bonus set of 12 patterns not in the book! Just leave a comment to this post and tell us why you want this book. Make sure you enter in your email address in the form field (won’t be published). All comments will be closed on Thursday at 5pm PST. The winner will be announced later this week on the site. Good luck!
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