The Star Wars saga conjures up some of the most amazing imagery and imagination. R2-KT has been lucky enough to be featured in some amazing artwork of her own. You can see it featured in the KT Art Gallery
Some artists have even produced designs used in embroidered patches, stickers, and t-shirts which were offered during charity fund-raisers. If you're an artist who would be interested in contributing a work of art to the KT Gallery or even produce a patch design, just let us know. You can contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Line art with solid colors tends to work best for embroidery. We love ALL original artwork and any submissions go to our R2-KT Art Gallery:
But we've had to 'clean up' some beautiful artwork that was fine as artwork but didn't translate well to the embroidery process. Working with the embroiderer, we've found that most formats are fine as long as they are high-res enough, but it would be cool to get a large master file (in case we use it for more than just embroidery) in a native format to whatever you're using (we've gotten InDesgin, Photoshop, Illustrator).
The key things are:
- 10 colors or less (color reference chart included is nice, but not necessary)
- line art preferred, good use of clean lines
- best use of space based on the shape of patch we agree on (I have a round template for the 'Fan Club' series, but sometimes artists request a different shape to mix things up, work with the subject better, etc)
- find a character and/or scene that is easy to isolate the characters and pick something that gets you excited
- we try to rotate through different Star Wars characters, each time doing a new one to keep it fun - sometimes we go outside of Star Wars based on what's popular or fun at the time
- designs go in one of two directions: Fan Club patches are just fun and feature KT with a cool character, Holiday patches may or may not feature another character but have something to do with some holiday of some kind.
That's the long and short of it. Here's an example. The artist Juan Jose Matamoros created a *beautiful* piece of art we'll feature on the R2-KT website. But he was also kind enough to render it for embroidery along with a color change and a reference chart. Click on the thumbnails below to see in higher detail. The first image is the water color he did as a stand-alone piece of art. The second image shows how he cleaned it up for use as a patch design. The third image reflects a color change to the character's hair. Sometimes adjustments are needed as the concept comes to life.