The Spoonflower tradition of Weekly Design Challenges had its start way back in 2010. Nearly every week since then, our community of artists, makers and all-around Spoonflower lovers have participated by submitting original designs and voting on their favorites. Together we hit a major milestone with our 500th challenge: Your Artistic Voice. With over 1200 designs entered, this was quite possibly our most popular design challenge to date. Today, we’re going behind the scenes with second-place winner Katerina Kirilova as she shares the process in which she created her winning design. Be sure to catch interviews with second- and third-place winners here and browse all Your Artistic Voice designs, including staff favorites, here.
— Meet the Artist —
IG Handle: @katerinamitkova
List three fun facts about yourself:
I have six adult cats and recently adopted two kittens. I listen to audiobooks when I draw my patterns and I very often draw in my bed leaning on two big pillows with a tablet on my lap and surrounded by sleeping cats.
My process is usually like this: first I draw the elements for the pattern on paper with ink, then I take a photo or scan the drawings. Next, I redraw and color everything and make the repeat in Adobe Illustrator®. For the 500th challenge design, I used poppies illustrations I created last year and I only drew the cornflowers recently. You can see more of my process on my YouTube channel.
I found cornflowers very difficult to draw. I didn’t have my own reference photos, so I had to look at a lot of pictures on the internet to study the flower so I could draw it. It was also very difficult to choose the colorway for the entry.
It was Coral Limited Color Palette and I placed 182nd. My design was Underwater Life.
They challenge me to draw things that I wouldn’t draw or that I wouldn’t have thought to come with on my own. Also, they are an opportunity for my work to be seen by more people. And there are the prizes of course. 🙂
I stick to my style and use bold colors to make my design stand out amongst all other designs.
Nobody specific. I’m open to all collaboration.
That I can sell my patterns on Spoonflower’s fabric and wallpaper. 🙂
To continue drawing and designing patterns, growing my portfolio and adding some diversity to it.
I want to thank my dear friend Uta Naumann for encouraging me to join Spoonflower. For walking me through the site and for her continuous support. And I want to thank all the nice people who helped me to choose the colorway of my winning design.