One Drawing, One Hundred Patterns

In my last post I shared a drawing with you, a drawing that I had scanned into the computer and used to make three prints (available in my shop).  Here's a picture of the drawing and one of the prints:

I chose to offer the print in three different colorways because I love being able to change the colors and I think the drawing feels a little different with each color change.  But the versatility of this drawing doesn't end there--I can also use it to create unique surface designs.  Here's a look at how this drawing was used to create 100 different patterns.

The patterns in this first slideshow are created by isolating one section of the drawing and mirroring it to form a pattern.  The different patterns emerge based on which areas of the drawing I choose to use and what size and shape I choose to make the repeat.  For demonstations purposes I kept the colors the same throughout.  Here are 75 different patterns that came from this drawing.  Please note that all of these are mirrored and repeated images, meaning you won't find any scattered or tossed patterns in this part of the demonstration.  A lot of these prints will look similar because they all started from the same place, but trust me, each one is unique!

Use the faint white arrows on the right and left of the image to move through the slideshow.  You can also view this in fullscreen but keep in mind these images are very low-res so you'll lose some quality that way.  And if you are reading this in a reader, please go to my blog to view these slideshows.


In this second slideshow, which contains 25 prints, I have pulled apart the drawing and taken bits and pieces to form new patterns.  This isn't as easy as simply mirroring a section of the print, but it can produce some nice results.  Because I was trying to create all of these in one day, I have only included one tossed print in the mix (these can be a bit more time-consuming).  The rest are simple repeats.  The top image uses several of the patterns and the individual patterns are on the pages that follow.

I really enjoyed this experiment.  I hope you enjoyed viewing it!  As you can see, the possiblities are truly endless!