Backpack design

I decided to do Lilla Rogers’ five month Assignment Bootcamp this year, although I’m still very much in two minds about going commercial with my art.

I thought I had it all figured out – creating designs and having it printed on various products and textiles and selling it from an online store, but I had such a bunch of problems with getting the right business partners and obtaining funds to have products printed, that I’ve put it on the backburner for now.

I still love a challenge though and knew it would get me creating again, which has also been a problem for me the past few months.

The bootcamp is designed to help build up a portfolio of designs with monthly assignments by Lilla herself. Our first assignment was to design an abstract pattern or motif for a backpack and after playing around for two weeks I came up with a design which reminds me of graffiti.

The original pattern was very colourful with every colour under the rainbow but in the end a limited palette looked better with the backpack I decided to use. 

Graffiato repeat pattern - Charmaine Diedericks
Graffiato repeat pattern on Michael Kors backpack (SPERA-  http://www.spera.de)

BTW: If you are an artist/designer and struggling to find nice product images, do yourself a favour and go look on Wikimedia. I found this beautiful Michael Kors backpack with a Creative Commons Attribution license. Meaning as long as you mention where the image originates from you are free to use and adapt it for your own use.

PS: If you would prefer to make your own mockups instead of having to buy them but you’re not sure how to go about it, the following two links might be useful to you.

https://www.deniseanne.com/blog/2017/3/14/creating-product-mockups-making-the-mockup

New butterfly and better photo of the Red-Veined Dropwing butterfly

I finally took some time to offload and process the few photos I took the past week. I was able to take a not too shabby shot (well, for me anyway!) of the Common Leopard butterfly that visits my Afrikaner flowers (marigolds).

Common leopard butterfly on marigold
Common leopard (Phalanta phalantha)butterfly on marigold

I was also happy to see that one of the photos I took of the Red-Veined Dropwing is clearer than the others I took over the past two months or so. I love the combination of colours and the textures in this photo and might attempt a surface pattern design based on it, if I have a little time on my hands.

Red veined dropwing
Red-veined dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)

Nice day out

Nice day out yesterday with my aunt at Hartleys, a local pub/restaurant on a farm just outside Rustenburg. We shared a lovely chicken and sweet chilli pizza and had some yummy Amarula liqueur on ice.

What I think of as Hartleys tea room - they usually serve beverages and gorgeous eats on their market days.
I call this Hartleys’ tea room, no idea what they call it – they usually serve beverages and gorgeous eats here on their market days.

Afterwards we strolled around and down the tree lined lane to go walk the labyrinth next to the small church, which always brings a little calm to my soul.

The owners planted masses of the loveliest zinnia flowers and the butterflies were swarming around them. I managed a few photos of some of the butterflies although many of them got away. Most critters don’t tend to sit still for more than a few seconds at a time so I really admire photographers that take those incredible insect photos, it’s not easy!

Yellow pansy (Junonia hierta cebrene)
Citrus swallowtail or Christmas butterfly (Papilio demodocus)
Male Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma). Adult males are blue while adult females are bright green.
Male Epaulet Skimmer (Orthetrum chrysostigma). Adult males are blue while adult females are bright green.
Red Zinnia

I haven’t been able to identify these yet …

      

They had the most beautiful roses, really glowing in the midday sun.

  

 

Little survivor

I found what I believe is a Pantala flavescens – globe skimmer/globe wanderer in my pool this morning, still wiggling around. Fished it out, let it dry off, but its wings were stuck and it couldn’t pry it loose on its own, so I helped it along with a tiny piece of stick and a bit of patience.

Patted some water on the top and bottom of the folded wing to help it flatten out. It sat around on my finger for another hour or so until it had regained it’s strength enough to make a test flight. First flight almost saw it land in the pool again, but after another hour or so it was strong enough to fly away!

Pantala flavescens/globe skimmer/globe wanderer/wandering glider
Pantala flavescens/globe skimmer/globe wanderer/wandering glider
Pantala flavescens/globe skimmer/globe wanderer/wandering glider with stuck wing
Pantala flavescens/globe skimmer/globe wanderer/wandering glider with stuck wing

Two new dragonflies today

My wildlife pool is already giving me endless joy! Two new dragonflies today and I found a shed dragonfly skin on the underside of a leaf. Thanks to friend Paul for telling me what to look for. You can see Paul’s beautiful photography by clicking here.

Also saw some ladybugs on a blade of grass doing what ladybugs sometimes do 🙂

Lunate ladybirds Cheilomenes lunata
Lunate ladybirds Cheilomenes lunata
Violet dropwing Trithemis annulata
Violet dropwing Trithemis annulata
Pretty sure this is a male Red-veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)
Pretty sure this is a male Red-veined Dropwing (Trithemis arteriosa)
Shed dragonfly nymph skin
Shed dragonfly nymph skin
When I went back I realised there were nymph skins everywhere. Beautiful but a little macabre seeing them everywhere with those bulging eyes!
When I went back I realised there were nymph skins everywhere. Beautiful but a little macabre seeing them everywhere with those bulging eyes!

Humble beginnings of a wildlife pool

I’ve been feeling very productive the past few days – clearing out items, painted some decor items, hung some pictures, started a compost heap and this – the very humble beginnings to a wildlife pool. The water comes up to the first step so eventually I want to cover the full width of the shallow area of the pool with water plants and the two stairs with other plants, rocks, branches and other goodies! For now it’s still a bit of a shamble but the dragonflies moved in almost immediately.

Swamp bluet
Swamp bluet
Humble beginnings of a wildlife pool
Humble beginnings of a wildlife pool

Birds, birds and some sadness

Loads of different birds today, although my reflexes need to be much faster than they are to be able to catch all of them! A better lens would do wonders as well. 11 AM seem to be the magical hour for birdwatching in my yard. One new bird at my current house – the Southern Masked Weaver. I have photographed it at my previous house though.

Saw a dead pigeon and another one close by, which was unable to fly. It followed me and I went to sit with it to see whether I could see what was going on. After a while it actually crept up to me and sat next to me. I phoned the wildlife rehab centre in Rustenburg but in the drive to them the pigeon died. I’m worried as there is an outbreak of some kind of illness in pigeons in other areas and it can spread to other birds.

I'm not sure what this is. They were very buddy buddy with the Southern Blue Waxbills
I’m not sure what this is. They were very buddy buddy with the Southern Blue Waxbills
Malachite kingfisher
Malachite kingfisher
Southern Masked weaver
Southern Masked weaver
Sadly this pigeon passed away while we were trying to get it to a wildlife rehab.
Sadly this pigeon passed away while we were trying to get it to a wildlife rehab.
Southern Blue Waxbill
Southern Blue Waxbill
Crested Barbet at my birdbatch
Crested Barbet at my birdbatch
Crested Barbet at my birdbatch
Crested Barbet at my birdbatch

Swamp Bluet

Found a new damselfly this morning. I think this is a Swamp Bluet (Africallagma glaucum) on a piece of floating palm bark. One of the most common species in South Africa.

Swamp Bluet
Swamp Bluet