February '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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84 || P R I N T W E A R F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 6 T o set the tone for comparisons, it is useful to seek the insight of a traditional artist, to expose their views regard- ing their considerations and process in choosing an art form. Colleen Ridges is an Illus- trator and graphic designer based in Los Angeles. Ridges says her greatest strength as an artist, is her precision for fine detail and eye for mixing color. While the majority of her artwork is illustration, she now explores a style she likes to call patterned illus- trations. These detailed piec- es of art can be cut and used over one another to create a pattern. These creations will be used in apparel designs, or as tapestries. Ridges has an obsession with detail and describes her love to create images from small patterns to basic shapes. For instance, the silhouette of a woman filled with circles and triangles, if small enough, can cre- ate a pattern that defines her features. The materials Ridges uses in her art are typically graphite pencils, studio markers, ballpoint pen, eraser, and watercolor paint. However, Ridges says she is very familiar with Pho- toshop and Adobe Illustrator, and finds these useful and extremely helpful in the de- sign realm, yet she considers them tools to fill in the miss- ing pieces. TRADITIONAL vs. DIGITAL ART

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