Five Patch Blog — Pattern Before/After

Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Pattern Before/After

Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Most of my surface pattern collections result from many sketches, paintings, and digital designs. But in this case, a single, simple watercolor painting was the springboard to a complete collection of 8 patterns and several illustrations. See how the hero print came together (and peek at a blender and 2 illustrations from the collection, too).

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Illustration Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Pattern Before/After

Illustration Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Four "befores," one "after"! Get a side-by-side look at how my pencil sketch changed based on 4 different ways I digitized and colored it.

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Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Pattern Before/After

Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

For this project, I experimented with making a repeating pattern from one of my cut-paper collages. Lesson? I used Illustrator but may have saved hours and achieved a better result with Photoshop.

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Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

Adobe Illustrator Pattern Before/After

Pattern Before/After with Adobe Illustrator

The inspiration for this piece was to choose a word to focus on this year and then design a pattern or art inspired by the word. My 2020 mantra is, "Keep Going," so for the one-word challenge I shortened this to, "Go!"

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