Nov 13 2010

free vector drawings from christopher dresser, “studies in design”

Think of these as a part of a coloring book. Dresser included a number of black & white ‘skectches’ in Studies in Design and Modern Onamentation. We are offering 3 of these designs; just the black outlines so you can customize with your own color combinations. (Hint: Live Paint works nicely for this!) One of the designs offered is an Illustrator pattern brush and the other 2 are AI and EPS motifs that have a linear repeat but they are not rendered as brushes–we’ll leave that up to you.

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(below, offered as an Illustrator pattern brush, only)

The full Dresser Coloring Book will be available for purchase and will include selections from Studies in Design and Modern Ornamentation. The elves are busy working on the designs now. We anticipate offering Series 1, consisting of 25 to 30 designs, by the end of the year.

Oct 24 2010

christopher dresser – “studies in design” motifs, series 2

Now available: 19 moderately complex motifs for Illustrator: from Christopher Dresser, Studies in Design — $11.00 USD Purchase Now

Included are the 19 moderately complex 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 so experiment with different combinations and colorways.

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

Oct 2 2010

free samples: vector motifs from christopher dresser “studies in design”

As promised, here are two more samples from the Christopher Dresser: Studies in Design motif collection.

Designs are “hand” traced and in full color. The plates used as the tracing source have faded so the colors may not be an exact match to the original. Colors are rendered in RGB mode which provides the widest gamut for the closest match. Files are fully customizable (colors, proportions, shapes, etc.) using Illustrator. As vector drawings, the designs are fully scalable so they can be adapted for use in websites or for print. Color rendering can be changed to CMYK if needed for printing.

Files are available in Illustrator .ai format (including pattern swatches and pattern border brushes). Non-repeatable motifs are also available in .eps format.

These free examples are part of larger collections that can be purchased. The catalogue of currently available collections can be found in the Marketplace (in the right sidebar).

Purchase 40 motifs from Studies in Design — $11.00

Both the Marketplace and the collection of free samples is growing, so bookmark this page.

Be sure to check out the previously offered free samples from this collection.


Sample vector motifs from Studies in Design, Christoper Dresser (1834-1904):

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