"Did You Hear That" Gradient Over Abstract Pattern in Cool Tones

I designed this pattern while watching Criminal Minds with my sweetheart. I cannot tell you if that affected the outcome, or not, but surely if you spend too much time in the pursuit of serial killers - even in your mind and with your eye's imagination - it's bound to have some impact.

What I do know is that I began with a very different palette. It wasn't a very bad palette, either, though it had a pretty bold element of a shade of yellow in it that I'm unlikely to ever wear. But I happen to believe that just because I get to design clothes now doesn't mean I should limit myself by creating designs in only colors that would look good on me. Still, the design started out with yellow and not-a-few shades of ocean-ey colors. I think the beach has been on my mind more than a little, these past couple of weeks and that's coming through in my work.

But you know what happened? When I mixed up those colors in the first few drafts of trying to achieve what I was going for, the result was pretty horrendous. I mean, I wouldn't put it on my body, and I wouldn't put it on yours either. Sometimes that's terribly disappointing but other times - such as this time - I don't have a particular connection to the outcome. Which gives me the freedom to design and just go with what comes.

When I finished getting the funkycool abstract design that shows up in these leggings from the knees down, I knew that too much of that would be... well, too much! And so I added this nice blue ombre effect. Gradient of solid blue covering the waist and butt, then gradually disappearing to reveal the colors below. Fun for me, pretty on your legs.

Remember I mentioned the TV viewing that may-or-may-not have inspired the design? That's where I got the title of this design, "Did You Hear That" (but without the niceties of punctuation, it seems. This English major is bothered by the non-presence of a question mark but the half-a-geek in me won't let me add one. Question marks in web page addresses aren't all that great an idea, and my sense of symmetry in needing to always write it the same way in my files and spreadsheets and filenames and titles vastly trumps the need to see a question mark here. It's implied well enough, anyway. Oh. Back to the impetus of this design's title. David Rossi, the character played by Joe Mantegna, says "Did you hear that?" Not nearly as dramatic as you might think. In fact, he usually has a deliberate look on his face. Studied. Aware. Economy of emotion is used when he asks a question and if he asks it, you know he's not being melodramatic. And so he wasn't, yet he caught my attention. I was sitting, hands poised super-still over the keyboard, waiting for my inner muse to deliver a title. And so she did. By way of David Rossi. Thank you, agent.

Don't tell me television watching is always bad. Especially after you helped your sister move (a little, not nearly enough, but enough to mention it,) in the Southern August Humidity then provided 8 hours of moral support to your partner as he deals with the surprise Sunday plumbing fiasco in your kitchen, the very next day. (The hell was all his. I was here for it, and did what I could, but to be sure: he did all the traumatic work. And he did it well, too.) Yes. TV is exactly what you might comfortably choose to help your brain unwind.

Especially when you're simultaneously designing a funky cool unique pair of leggings for your coming-very-soon online shop!

So that's that. Those were the conditions under which this design came to be.