From Sketch to Pattern


I thought I'd start a new thing for 2018. I'm sharing the sketch that leads to the design. I obviously go through a thought process. I look for influences, reference art and color ways. There's usually a big idea that influences my design. It's the spark that starts it all! Here's my in-depth brain activity... 

FIRST, I think of what will sell. I have a grasp on upcoming trends such as illustration styles and color palettes. This pattern is shown in a darker palette but can be used on kids apparel or home decor

SECOND, I look for reference and style. This is when I scour through Pinterest. I have gathered tons of ideas on my Pinterest boards. This time around I fell in love with an artist Tomoko Suzuki. I liked how she put the scene inside the rabbit. Cool, eh?

Art by Tomoko Suzuki

Art by Tomoko Suzuki

THIRD, I sketch and erase and sketch and erase (paper and pencil like). When I'm happy, it's off to the computer. There the idea evolves into colors, composition and experimenting.

LAST, THE REPEAT. Actually I've been thinking of this since the beginning. This one become a directional pattern.


Toucan Success!

Otomi Toucan pattern to be featured on BucketFeet shoes.

Otomi Toucan pattern to be featured on BucketFeet shoes.

BucketFeet and Spoonflower have come together yet again to help artists put their best foot forward, literally.

This particular Spoonflower Challenge asked its design community to create animal inspired themes based on 4 specific habitats (desert, mountain, jungle and aquatic). This colorful design was my "jungle" submission. Let me just say, I didn't think this was a winner. (I didn't think it was leafy enough.) However, I'm so happy to have won. Thanks to EVERYONE who voted for me.

I also need to mention that there are SOOO many talented Spoonflower artists out there. I love seeing how different artists interpret all the themes that the folks at Spoonflower throw out there. It is because of Spoonflower (& the artists who submit designs) that Thursdays have become one of my favorite days of the week. It's the day I can see all those nifty iterations on a single theme. (Fridays and Saturdays become my favorite days when I'm busy.)