Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns
Illustration by John Hersey

Jenean Morrison, United States


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Drawing Vector Graphics: Patterns

with Von Glitschka

Video: Jenean Morrison, United States

The next pattern artist I'd like to share with you is Janine Morrison, and she's based out of Tennessee and this is a very complex funky pattern that she created. This is her pattern fill right here. And rather than showing you the stand alone pattern tile, I want to take you inside the pattern tool and show you to what degree the complexity of this design is because it really is kind of mind boggling, but she obviously spent a lot of time to make this repeat work.
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  1. 5m 24s
    1. Welcome
      1m 32s
    2. Exercise files
      49s
    3. What are patterns?
      3m 3s
  2. 1h 6m
    1. Drawing out and refining your design
      9m 39s
    2. Building your vector pattern with a bounding box
      15m 22s
    3. Creating and using pattern swatches and libraries
      9m 29s
    4. Organize, size, rotate, and adjust your pattern fills
      9m 45s
    5. Using transparency to create depth
      8m 46s
    6. Using textures in your patterns
      13m 26s
  3. 1h 37m
    1. Pattern tool basics
      11m 16s
    2. Selecting appropriate artwork
      13m 19s
    3. Using the Pattern Tile tool and tile types
      11m 42s
    4. Using pattern tiles with the Pattern tool
      12m 55s
    5. Adding depth using the Appearance panel
      9m 39s
    6. Pattern tool limits
      9m 22s
    7. Good pattern-building habits
      15m 37s
    8. Exporting your pattern files
      13m 44s
  4. 30m 15s
    1. Creating a brush pattern
      9m 48s
    2. Creating a traditional border pattern frame
      4m 8s
    3. Using brush textures and clipping masks with patterns
      10m 6s
    4. Creating complex designs using a pattern brush
      6m 13s
  5. 24m 21s
    1. Patterns in the context of illustration
      6m 54s
    2. Patterns in the context of graphic design
      5m 0s
    3. Patterns in the context of visual identity
      8m 6s
    4. Patterns in the context of product design and accessories
      2m 21s
    5. Patterns in the context of textile designs
      2m 0s
  6. 14m 33s
    1. Ekaterina Panova, Russia
      1m 51s
    2. Raul Villanueva, Peru
      1m 6s
    3. Anastasiia Kucherenko, Ukraine
      1m 30s
    4. Andi Butler, United States
      1m 40s
    5. Dennis Bennett, Germany
      1m 34s
    6. Samarra Khaja, United States
      1m 44s
    7. Jenean Morrison, United States
      1m 25s
    8. Laura Coyle, United States
      3m 43s
  7. 1m 27s
    1. Final thoughts
      1m 27s

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4h 0m Intermediate Apr 22, 2014

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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.

Topics include:
  • Establishing the bounding box for your tile
  • Drawing your design
  • Creating a pattern swatch
  • Refining art with the Pattern tool
  • Saving your design
  • Creating a pattern brush
  • Using your pattern in designs
Subject:
Design
Software:
Illustrator
Author:
Von Glitschka

Jenean Morrison, United States

The next pattern artist I'd like to share with you is Janine Morrison, and she's based out of Tennessee and this is a very complex funky pattern that she created. This is her pattern fill right here. And rather than showing you the stand alone pattern tile, I want to take you inside the pattern tool and show you to what degree the complexity of this design is because it really is kind of mind boggling, but she obviously spent a lot of time to make this repeat work.

So we're going to go into the pattern tool here and we're going to have to zoom out a little bit because it is a pretty big pattern. And so you can start to see how this one repeats itself. And if we go to key line view here, you can see how complex it is. There's just a lot of stuff going on here. So as the previous pattern I just showed you, she's using masking to pull this off,and that's really the only way you can pull of this type of complexity.

You still need to figure out how your shapes are going to interact and correspond from one side to the other on your pattern tile, so the repeat works properly. But if done well and this is done well, you can create a very, very interesting final pattern fill that is going to work for a wide range of usages such as this one.

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