I finally received the fabric I designed! Yea! This is only the first draft. I will have to alter the colors in a few places to make it look how I want, but overall I am quite pleased with the final result.
<----- This photo to the left is of a whole yard, sized 42x36 inches. Each portrait is enclosed in an oval that is 4.5 inches in width and 8 inches in height (extending from the top of the oval to the bottom of the lowest part of the middle flower).
You can click on the photo to the left to expand it for viewing. You may also click and expand on the close-up images below for more detail. I apologize in advance that these photos aren't the greatest, but I will take some nicer pictures once I get the final draft of my fabric back from the printers.
Unfortunately, not all of the portraits came out looking how I wanted them to. It is understood that a printer cannot generate as many colors as a computer screen. I tried my best to use the color guide given by the printer, but for some skins tones and especially for shading and highlight details I had to diverge from the color chart and hope for the best when printing. For example, my divergence from the color chart caused some of the middle-tone skin colors came out looking too red/orange. I will need to alter those to portray a more realistic coloring. In the images below, you can see how the colors on the Illustrator version just couldn't be replicated when printed on the fabric.
It is a bummer (to say the least) that so much detail and richness was lost when the above image was printed onto the fabric, but with some alterations I should be able to get it looking better. I think one of the nicer translations of illustrated image to fabric print was the red-headed princess pictured below. The colors seem to match more closely, and the shading turned out a bit more on cue than with the other princesses.
Overall, I think it turned out nicely, and with some few last edits, I should be able to get it looking how I want. I plan to sell the print once I finalize everything and will be sure to update my progress as I go. Thanks for looking!
Inspirations and creations by Caroline.