Nikki D. May is an artist and designer from Paducah, Kentucky. She spends her days trying to save the world from bad design and drinking too much coffee. She really just wants to draw pretty pictures.
I specialize in doodling, drawing, graphic design, insects, leaves, mixed media, nudes, pattern, pen and ink, people, women, womens bodies.
Every day in 2017 I drew in a Moleskine Japanese (Accordion Fold) Album (pocket size) with the goal of completing one continuous drawing all year. I filled up nearly six complete sketchbooks, completing a drawing that is 5.5 inches high and more than 600 inches wide. Now, what do I do with it?
Five of the twelve flowers I just finished drawing for a 2019 calendar I'm making!
After the success of last year's birth month flower drawings and the products I made with them, I decided to continue drawing flowers - this time it's all the state flowers and state insects. I'm a little behind on the insects.
These patterns are all made from drawings pulled from my 2017 sketchbook project. I studied fiber arts in grad school and learned how to do repeat patterns - the old fashioned way by cutting and taping paper together... I haven't done any in 25 years - until this month!
Here are several steps in the process of making a particularly complex pattern and some color variations.