The Witch’s Cat
This eerie design blends magic and mysticism in a visual incantation to unleash your dark side. Inspired by all things occult and otherworldly, this gothic greyscale pattern is a celebration of wiccan tradition, Samhain — the Celtic festival of fire — and Hallowe’en — perfect for enchanted autumn evenings.
This pattern series was inspired by themes of modern witchcraft as a response to “Mystical Tribes” trend, which explored themes of mystical symbols, sacred geometry and new magic.
To set the scene here is my witchy mood-board, followed by a selection of initial sketches that I did of potential elements to use in this design.
Every witch needs a wicked feline companion, hence as the focal point of this design I have selected a fine oriental shorthair specimen. This decision was inspired by a particular family cat that I have a weakness for.
This process video shows how the image progressed : starting with a basic sketch, which was then followed by a hand drawn illustration. Next, it was scanned in and developed further digitally. The concluding frame arrives at a final and coloured vector artwork.
This pattern series has gone through quite a few stages of development. To begin with, these slides show initial couple of ideas for repeat modules, alongside few visualisation. Next is a fine selection of greys that make up the final colour palette (provided courtesy of Kidspattern). Lastly, I’ve shared first pattern arrangements, where you can see how the greyscale was fine tuned to achieve the right level of contrast within the overall design.
« The Witch’s Cat » Collection
Below you’ll find the final outcome of “The Witch’s Cat” pattern series. The final design was placed on a medium grey background and totalled at the use of 4 Pantones.
This pattern was further built up into a collection, which includes a series of matching illustrations featuring a single and a double module. These were embellished with additional webwork of dotted lines inspired by secret geometry shapes.
PATTERN IN PRINT ON A PRODUCT
This collection is available to purchase on an array of products, both as a pattern and a standalone illustration. Browse examples of some of them below. To learn more and explore other options please visit my online shop by following this LINK.
Happy Halloween !
“Darksome night and shining moon ; hearken to the witches rune“
Invoke the spirit of the season :
With bone and fang ; feather of raven ;
Black cats slinking through the gloom, howling to the hallowed moon ;
Shadows cast and spells eldritch -
Summoning your inner witch