Monthly Archives: July 2015

Colour textures – ice, steel, and rain

As always, these are Creative Commons licensed (CC:BY) – you can use them for whatever purpose you like, and all I ask is that if you use them in a commercial project you attribute it to me.
These are all 300dpi at A4 size – click through for the full-size image, or right-click & save.

First, I’ve got some frosted steel for you (a digital painting, rather than a photograph).

And a cloud-frame developed from that:

And here’s a photograph of a steel plate after a few years’ exposure to the rain off the Atlantic:

If you find these useful, please consider becoming a patron – a few dollars a month will help to keep me in ink & coffee, and you’ll get special patron-only downloads as well.

Free colour textures – Rosemary, Honey, and Flame

Here’s the third set of free colour textures—as before, they’re Creative Commons (CC-BY) licensed, so you can use them however you like. All I ask is that if you’re making money from something you use them in, that you attribute them to me!

The first is inspired by a rosemary dressing I made years ago. Click through for the full high-resolution image.

The second is the bark from a London Plane tree, a few summers ago.

And the third is a tiled wall, each taken from the heart of a fire.

Enjoy! And as always, if you like what I do, I’d really appreciate it if you became a Patron.

Desktop wallpapers for Patrons

Richard III wallpaper thumbnail This week’s set of free graphic textures will be a little late, but what I do have (for Patreon patrons only) is this lush desktop wallpaper set. It’s from Shakespeare’s Richard III, Act 1 Scene 1, juxtaposing an antique printed script with a manuscript version, over a rich brown field. It might be the brown of leather, or a horse’s hide, or the blood-soaked mud at Tewkesbury.

If you’d like to get hold of it, hop on over to Patreon and pledge—as little as US$1 a month will get you this, other things later on, and my immense appreciation.

Free colour textures – foxglove stars & Great Expectations

Here’s the second set of free colour textures—you can expect more weekly, probably on a Wednesday. Each of these is sized to print at a resolution of 300dpi at A4 size.

First, we have a flat field of warm grey splashed with foxglove-purple stars. (Right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version.)

Next, we’ve got two different old-book textures. Again, right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version. The text on both is taken from Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, and the first of these is very pale and washed-out.

The second is a mockup page from a cheap mass-market edition, probably published around 1912 and left on the shelf since then. Right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version. Incidentally, the font I used in this is Goudy Bookletter 1911, which is both beautiful and in the public domain.

These are all Creative Commons licensed (CC-BY), and you’re entirely at liberty to use them in your own art & design work, including for commercial purposes if you credit me.

Free resources – colour textures

As the previous post explained, I’ve started giving away free colour textures for you to use in your art & design work. Here’s the first set—you can expect more weekly, probably on a Wednesday. This set are made from some of June’s free palettes, and each is sized to print at a resolution of 300dpi at A4 size.

First, we have a simple bluish parchment texture, designed around bramble-flower colours. (Right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version.)

Next, I couldn’t resist the Scarlet Pimpernel, both flower & novel. Again, right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version.

And the last is love-in-the-mist, overlaid with a page from John Parkinson’s 1620 gardening book, Paradisi in Sole Paradisus Terrestris (“paradisi in sol” – “park in sun” – he was very proud of that one!) Right-click on the thumbnail to download the full-size version.

As with the palettes, these are all Creative Commons licensed, and you’re entirely at liberty to use them in your own art & design work, including for commercial purposes if you credit me.

Free resources: Textures & Palettes

I needed something to revitalise this poor blog, so I decided to start a series of resources giveaways—a monthly set of colour palettes taken from the inspirations I’ve been finding in the last month, and a weekly set of textures. All of these will be licensed under a Creative Commons license, so you can (and should!) download them to use in your own art & design work. You’re welcome to use them in commercial work if you credit me, but you may not resell them or redistribute them without credit and a link back.

If you find these useful, please consider backing me on Patreon—with your help, I can not only keep doing this, but keep eating and buying paint and living in a house, too!

Here’s the first set of colour palettes— this last month, I’ve been doing a great deal of work on my allotment, so the colours are all taken from the fruit & flowers there. We have bramble flowers, purple sage, flowering rhubarb, love-in-the-mist, a yellow rose, blackcurrants, strawberries, gooseberries, foxgloves, and the elusive scarlet pimpernel.

Download an SVG copy of all ten palettes