Illustrator: Surface pattern design

Illustrator: Surface pattern design - student project

My inspiration was my recent photography walk taking pictures of flowers and wildlife (insects!). Some of these pictures can be seen in my Flickr album 'Natural Britain': https://www.flickr.com/photos/dancinggecko/albums/72157673775626585

Here are some of my initial sketches and colouring-ins:

Illustrator: Surface pattern design - image 1 - student project

Here are the motifs I put together:

Illustrator: Surface pattern design - image 2 - student project

And the resulting pattern, which I call 'Hedgerows':

Illustrator: Surface pattern design - image 3 - student project

I played with colours for ages and wasn't that enamoured with many of them, but here are a few variants:

Illustrator: Surface pattern design - image 4 - student project

I didn't keep the images I randomly found for my colour-palette stage. 

Learnt a lot in this class – thank you very much. I will be especially mindful of colour palettes next time, as I wasn't happy with mine. I should have kept at it until I was.

Amanda Hepburn
Always arrives with camera attached.
Teacher