Ben the Illustrator predicts two trends for 2009: more organic, botanical illustrations; and more pattern-based designs. Here he reveals how you can develop both.
For some years now, there has been a trend for creating design work based on nature and the shapes found in the natural world - but after a while there's only so far you can take silhouetted leaves, vines and trees.
In 2009, I hope illustrators show greater depth and skill and move towards more inspired botanical design, implementing more detail from nature and the environment around us.
My second forecast is that more designers will take their skills into the textile world. With digital printing on textiles becoming increasingly affordable and easier to experiment with, and more people nurturing their nests rather than moving to new ones, some exciting new textile designs are going to appear. Of course, the basis of most textile design is the use of repetitive elements or patterns; in this project I show you a choice of pattern-based routes in which to take your illustrative style, all with a botanical twist!