I have been a little behind so this morning I decided to do several patterns based on a pretty simple dot repeat. This was fun, and a great way to catch up!
Obviously I have just fallen into the habit of updating these in bulk… Here are a random collection of patterns from the past few weeks! I’m a little behind right now. A few days over Canada Day and Independence Day got left out. I would like to play a little catch-up because I do want to end this year with 365 patterns!
Paratroopers, a request from a friend who will be submitting them to a client. Doing specific requests are fun because they stretch me a bit. There are a lot of times that I will start an idea and then abandon it because it’s not coming together. When I have to do a specific idea no matter what, then it forces me to push past barriers of creativity until I come up with something that works! I enjoyed designing these little guys!
This is a collaboration with Mike! Mike’s drawings, my colors, and my pattern arrangement. Another request (scary dinosaurs for a tween boy). I’d love to do more patterns with Mike’s illustrations.
This was last night’s pattern. I needed something fairly quick, so I stole an octopus from a product I’m currently developing for Caravan. I’m really happy with how this one turned out. A friend on Instagram mentioned it would make great boys’ swimming trunks.
On Canada Day this year, we went to Antelope Island. When we were packing up the car (in the dark!) to go home, we could hear coyotes all around us. The kids were belted safely in their seats, and I was pretty excited that we were just treated to a chorus of coyotes, so I poked my head in and asked if the kids heard that. Both kids said, “I scared a coyotes.” That’s become a new catch phrase in the Loveland home. At the time I thought that coyotes were more fox-size. Oops. I found out a couple days later (when I looked up coyote videos on YouTube to show Joan) that they’re much bigger than I thought (still not as big as wolves…) but I’m now questioning how smart I was to, after packing up the car, 1) walk to the bathrooms by myself, and 2) walk over to our abandoned picnic table by myself to clean up the extra garbage we’d left. After researching it enough, I’m still convinced that I was never really in any danger. But maybe next time I hear coyotes howling around me in all directions, I won’t wander off by myself in the dark. (Don’t worry! Mike was back at the car with the kids! At least I wan’t abandoning the little ones, all strapped into their seats with the car doors open!)
I keep drawing these flowers whenever I want to do a simple floral. I guess I love this little shape. This time I made them large and added line-leaves.
My obligatory popsicle pattern of the year. It’s been over 100 degrees every day for the last little while. Oh, did I mention our office doesn’t have air conditioning?
Again, for the friend/client above, I did these two animal patterns. This was a revision request on an existing pattern. I needed to add a bear, a tiger, and a zebra.
Another request from the same friend. This time, “Scary monsters, driving cars, one with a tongue flapping like a dog, can be humorous.” How could I not have fun with that one?
And one for a lazy day when I was mostly horizontal on the couch and just needed to get something done. The funny thing is, these simple repeated patterns are often my favorites when I’m shopping for clothes or other textiles. How cute would this be as an unexpected lining of a purse or jacket?
I had a pattern request for something for Canada Day. (I do take random requests, by the way! If I like the idea or the challenge, if it helps me come up with an idea or gives me some direction, then I will follow through on it!)
Little houses out of stacking geometric shapes.
Last year, we visited Catalina Island, and the flying fish tour was my favorite event of our stay!
For these, I was inspired by some pajamas that I bought Oliver that have astronaut dogs. These started as pirate dogs, but I ended up making them into real pirates because why not?? I also worked out a version of this with map lines.
This started as a wiener dog pattern that evolved into sea lions when the wiener dogs just weren’t coming together right.
And finally, a blueberry pattern with rich colors!
Here are patterns that I’ve worked on this past week:
LADIES’ BEACH DAY:
In this pattern, I had a lot of fun creating different women, different bodies, and different suits. This is one of my favorites of the year, for sure.
This is another of my favorites this year. My housekeeper’s daughter asked if I could design a new business card for her mom. I created this pattern so that I would have artwork to draw from to create the business card.
HAPPY ANIMAL FRIENDS:
This is another favorite of mine this year. I guess I’ve been having a good week as far as enjoying my work goes! I see this on wrapping paper. So adorable.
Lest I be too prideful, my dad called me this week to tell me that “one of your patterns TANKED this week!” He was talking about a relatively low rate of “likes” on Instagram on this kitties pattern. Hey. Small angular cats aren’t for everyone, okay. But those who like them, like them.
I’m sure this is not THE Velveteen Rabbit, but I just wanted to do a pattern with a floppy bunny toy.
Sometimes when I don’t have much time and just need to get a pattern done, I’ll design one element and then repeat it. Such was the case with my airplane. I designed this one half-horizontal on the couch, just WAITING to be able to go to bed. But I was surprised to wake up in the morning and see a very positive response to this pattern!
You don’t mind terribly another catch-up post, do you?