christopher dresser “studies in design” motifs for illustrator, series 1

Now available: 40 motifs for Illustrator: from Christopher Dresser, Studies in Design — $11.00 USD Purchase Now

Included are the 40 motifs from Studies in Design by Christopter Dresser (1834-1904). The plates were hand traced in Adobe Illustrator CS3 (as opposed to using Live Trace) that can be used with Illustrator or imported into other vector drawing software. The colors are close to the original, though the plates were faded, thus colors are probably somewhat muted, compared to the original.

These designs are representative of the Aesthetic through the early Art Deco styles. Botanical and fantastical animal forms dominate this collection–many are highly decorative alone or when used in combination with each other or with Dresser linear border brushes.

These motifs are customizable (see below) so experiment with different combinations and colorways.

For more information concerning installation and use, please see the online version of the “read-me” file.


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