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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 best way to learn any form of visual arts is by observing the work of someone who does it well. In the creative subculture of pattern design, there's a wealth of very knowledgeable and talented surface designers and several of them have graciously agreed to let me show you their vector based repeat patterns. So let's take a look at some of the best in the industry. The first pattern artist I want to share with you is a designer, based out of Russia, and her name is Ekaterina Panova.
Hopefully I pronounced that right, I think I did, but her artwork is lovely. I think it's a good example of having a lot of interesting things going on in a pattern and even though it's busy in that way, it's not in a bad way. It's a good busy. And I think she balances the complexity of her design with a minimal color palette and I think that's what makes it work really well, so. You can see she's using a kind of a doled out, sea foam greenish blue, and black and white, and a nice spot of red just to pull off the heart, which is a nice touch.
When we look at how the pattern fill works when it's flowed into a surface, it creates an overall nice aesthetic, and I think this is a great example of a really well worked out intricate pattern and if we go into the pattern tool really quickly, you can see how she's set this up inside the pattern tool where it's simply a tile. And if we go to Key Line view you can see how intricate this specific pattern design is.
So, a beautiful pattern done by a very talented artist out of Russia.
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