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Patterns have been a part of cultures around the globe for centuries. From fashion and branding to interior design and signage, patterns blanket and beautify our world. Designers are often asked to create new patterns from scratch, and although digital tools make the process easier than ever, it can still be a perplexing task.
In this installment of Drawing Vector Graphics, Von Glitschka demystifies the pattern design process, explaining tessellations (mathematical tiles that lie at the heart of patterns) and visiting the various methods of creating new patterns. He shows how to build repeating patterns with Illustrator's pattern tools and pattern brushes, and incorporate patterns into your design. The course also features patterns from some of the industry's most inspiring designers.
The next pattern designer I'd like to share with you is Andi Butler. She's based out of Chicago, here in the States. And, this is a great example of her leveraging her illustrative skills in context of a pattern design. And this one is specifically seasonal specific as you can see by the theme with autumn and. Pumpkins and other such items within this design but the real amazing part about this is just the complexity of the pattern art that's being repeated.
And to fully understand that and appreciate it we're going to dive into the pattern tool and I'm going to show you how she set that up. So we're going to double click her pattern swatch and we're going to have to zoom out because this is a pretty big repeat pattern. So you can see the complexity of her design here and she even has placed textures over the top of her artwork as you can see here, that's colored the same color. As the background of her pattern. That way she gets the illusion of it being eaten away and kind of being nice and distressed as it flows through the pattern.
So you can see that a pattern can be very complex such as this one but handled with relative ease using the pattern tool and illustrator. And then execute it into its final patterned fill form. And if I zoom in here you can really see how the textures are interacting with the artwork. So this is a great example of leveraging illustrative aspects within the context of pattern design.
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