Pattern illustrators see the potential to step and repeat, wherever they go. Whether peonies, pineapples, or plaid, their notebooks are ready to record anything that can be converted into pattern. The pattern illustrator sees the endless possibilities of repeating a shape or form to create an overall impression or pattern.
Chevron, argyle, or paisley, the pattern illustrator envisions and draws patterns that appear on fabric, wallpaper, tile, and anything that requires decoration or ornamentation. Organic, flowing patterns are not outside the realm of the pattern illustrator's design aesthetic.
The pattern illustrator often calls upon historic references and nature to create novel designs. They consider the end result when creating a pattern. Large-scale applications such as wallpaper afford the pattern illustrator a chance to paint in greater detail; detail that would be lost on thank you notes or post-its.
Gold, silver, copper, cream, pink, or purple, a pattern designer often creates a pattern in a range of colors so a customer can visualize a wallpaper's silver heron motif next to a pair of charcoal grey drapes.
All hats are off to the pattern illustrator's endless supply of motifs whether nautical, botanical, geometric, chinoiserie, or bold stripes.
The simplest style of repeat–block repeat–stacks a shape on an invisible grid. Brick/half-brick repeat is arranged like bricks on a house for a staggered look. Other common patterns include drop/half-drop, diamond, and ogee.