Pegasus of the Forest

Deep in the forest, mythical creatures make their home in the realm inhabited by other beings that shy away from the human gaze and prefer to remain undiscovered. Take a walk through a late autumn, moody woodland with majestic trees so tall that the sunlight fails to reach through to the ground level, leaving it shrouded in mysterious shadow.  

This pro­ject was a part of my ongo­ing col­lab­or­a­tion with Kidspattern. If you’d like to learn more about them please vis­it their web­site HERE. Alternatively, view the archive of our pre­vi­ous pro­jects HERE, in which I dis­cuss in detail the his­tory and nature of our work.

All cloth­ing-mockups presen­ted here are provided cour­tesy of Kidspattern and are used for visu­al­isa­tion pur­poses only.

Overview

This series is a briefed com­mis­sion for an Autumn-Winter Collection for chil­dren aged up to 36 months old. The sep­ar­a­tion between boys and girls is dis­cern­ible by the affixed col­our palette com­posed by Kidspattern. These share a base of neut­ral col­ours — a selec­tion of browns and greys. However, the palette for boys is matched with a shade of sage, where­as the one for girls is fin­ished with the ever pop­u­lar, lilac.

Anchored in the theme of Autumnal Woodland, this design seems to echo the aes­thet­ics of medi­ev­al tapestries, filled with legendary hunt­ing scenes full of myth­ic­al anim­als. Further inspir­a­tion comes from a long­stand­ing tra­di­tion of fly­ing equines like Pegasus, who because of their fly­ing abil­ity, have always been con­sidered a uni­ver­sal sym­bol of lat­it­ude and free spir­it. 

Elements Development

Drawing upon the sen­ti­ment of myth­ic­al hybrid anim­als, we chose to devel­op our own creature based on a young buck. I equipped him with the wings and tail of a bird and prom­in­ent, fanci­ful antlers. To the right, you can browse through the stages of the char­ac­ter devel­op­ment, from the ini­tial hand draw­ing, which was later filled in with flat col­our and turned into vec­tor, to the fin­ished final mod­ule.

A selec­tion of flow­ing, leafy botan­ic­als was developed along­side the mod­ule to com­pli­ment it and provide a sec­ond­ary back­ground pat­tern. All the ele­ments were kept sep­ar­ate to allow for flex­ible pat­tern arrange­ment at a later stage. Lastly, these had to be uni­ver­sal and uni­sex enough to work for both boys and girls.

Newborn Collection

Below you’ll find ideas for a small line of com­pli­ment­ary pat­tern series developed for the young­er age group. These are sim­pli­fied and recol­oured in mono­chrome shades, yet the focus remains on the anim­al char­ac­ter. Firstly, imbued in light grey­scale, it is rotated and scattered among the inter­twin­ing autum­nal leaves. 

Additionally, the winged buck was also jux­ta­posed with a checked pat­tern. The leaves are scattered in a more dynam­ic man­ner to break up the grid of the reg­u­lar repeat. The whole design was recol­oured in mono­chrome nude col­ours and placed atop a white back­ground. 

Finally, the pat­tern is recol­oured in tune with the hazel­nut shades. The buck was extrac­ted and used as a stan­dalone illus­tra­tion in order to cre­ate a match­ing set. The pat­tern is layered on top of dark­er sil­hou­ette in the back­ground, which adds to this design’s dimen­sion­al­ity. 

Version 1

The char­ac­ter is arranged in a reg­u­lar, even man­ner on top of a leaf pat­tern. Portrayed as if jump­ing out from a bush, some of the foliage par­tially cov­ers its legs, adding to the design’s dimen­sion­al­ity. The leafy botan­ic­als are very dynam­ic, but the reg­u­lar­ity of the buck’s repeat keeps the over­all com­pos­i­tion bal­anced. This pat­tern makes a full use of the col­our palette, whilst keep­ing the total num­ber of Pantones used at only four. 

Additionally, a col­our way adap­ted for girls was recol­oured in a com­bin­a­tion of light grey and fawn shades. The out­line of the botan­ic­al pat­tern has been removed, so it blends in with the now slightly muted back­ground. This helps the buck pop out more and as the focal point, it sets a visu­al rhythm and hier­archy to the over­all com­pos­i­tion.

Version 2

This col­our ver­sion focuses on the verd­ant palette, which was inten­ded spe­cific­ally for boys. The winged buck is recol­oured in light tanned shades and it is flipped around to now jump in both dir­ec­tions, which makes this a more irreg­u­lar arrange­ment.  

Next, was a ver­sion recol­oured to fit the dark­er shades of the col­our palette where the browns are set against the space grey back­ground. All the ele­ments share a uni­fy­ing out­line that sets them apart from the back­ground.

Pattern in Print

Below, please browse through a slideshow selec­tion of a few examples of this pat­tern in print. These are pho­to­graphs of the client’s first cloth­ing samples pro­duced to dis­play at a trad­ing fair as a part of the launch of their over­all Autumn-Winter Collection. Here you may observe how the pat­tern was used and prin­ted across mul­tiple items and how it fits with­in the wider con­text of the col­lec­tion. I have also attached few close ups of the mater­i­al and dif­fer­ent col­our ver­sions.

Please note that these images are provided cour­tesy of the cli­ent and Kidspattern and are used for port­fo­lio pur­poses only. 

“And into the forest I go, to lose my mind and find my soul.”

John Muir