Recently I was tasked with developing a more or less permanent design that would be used, indefinitely, on the T-shirts we do for our annual Route 66 5K/10K run.
In poking around for some decent southwestern designs, I stumbled across (was reminded of, actually) artwork by the Mimbres culture, an offshoot of the Mogollon.
I was able to do some surfing around for some really striking designs, and realized that I loved all of it. So I’ve been toying about in AI and seeing what I could come up with that works as an homage, of sorts, but is also regional enough to apply to our particular territory.
We have lots of sunlight. This is one element of what will be a much larger design.
Same for this one. We have lots and lots and lots of ocotillo around here.
The nifty bit is (1) being all vector art, this stuff is infinitely scalable; and (2) once I get the other elements put together, I’ll be able to overlap them and reverse colors (black/white, vice-versa) so they’ll keep their original detail, remain distinct — and still silkscreen well.
Originally I’d had it in mind to sketch out the final design, scan it, and trace over it in AI — but that wouldn’t let me use the pathfinder magic as well as otherwise, and I think it’ll work better developed as individual components which can then be combined for a final image. So I’m doing this as all-vector without anything but hardcopied reference images, which is a first for me in working with AI. (At least, with anything this complex.) It’s pretty neat, really, and rather empowering.
More elements later as I keep developing them.
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