In order to fill up more sketchbooks this year, which is on my bucket list for 2015, I’ve been trying to sketch more lately.
One technique I’ve been trying these days is fill up a page with as much surface pattern as possible. I usually start out with a large central motif, such as the crochet-doily-lacey-inspired flowers on these pages, and then take shapes and other elements from those flowers to repeat and scatter across the page.
Both of these pages turned out exactly how I imagined them, even though the only drawing I started with was the large floral motif. It was fun (and therapeutic) to get carried away from there. Just imagine how these pages will look with some color!
Time just slips by when I’m drawing in my sketchbook, especially when I have a steady house beat going in the background. I’m on a roll so I’ll just keep going.
8 thoughts on “From My Sketchbook: All Over Pattern”
Wow! These are spectacular!
Thanks so much Amy! I really appreciate your feedback!
So pretty! I follow your blog cause I came across some of your quilting, have you ever considered taking these beautiful designs and digitizing and adding color to print for fabric. I think some of these doodles would translate beautifully with the right color palettes 🙂
Thanks Terri Ann! I used to do a lot more sewing and quilting, but then I went back to school to get a graphic design and illustration degree to learn how to design surface patterns, textiles and fabric. So that’s my end goal with a lot of my sketchbook illustrations. I appreciate your encouragement on these designs!
I’m excited to hear that cause I think you’ll make a wonderful textile designer 🙂
Thank you SO much! I really appreciate that!
I totally agree with Terri Ann’s comments. These are stunning sketches!
Thanks SO very much! I can’t wait to get going digitizing and coloring some of my sketchbook pages into surface patterns for fabrics.