My submission to the @arkitipxello exhibition:
I've chosen three patterns I've recently completed which show my continued progress in creating extremely complex and tight half-drop repeats that are 100% hand illustrated in my sketchbooks. All three patterns were created in my free time as a skill-building exercise.
Evil Paisley, completed October 2015
see if you can find five bats that are hidden throughout; was created for a Halloween costume
La Jungla Vocho, completed March 2016
illustrations from the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico, when I traveled there for my sisters wedding
QRS Nonsense Pattern, completed February 2016
This pattern consists of random illustrations found in my QRS sketchbooks, dating back to 2007
I wanted to share the most important part of my process: drawing and inking the illustrations in my Moleskine sketchbooks. Using Sumi ink and a very small brush, I create the artwork which will eventually become a pattern. Because the ink is black, I do all the colorization in Photoshop. I have completed 10 Moleskine sketchbooks since 2007, and am now finishing the 11th volume.
Shown here is a current work in progress — a pattern depicting imagery from the Wes Anderson film "Fantastic Mr. Fox"
Because I do very detailed and tiny illustrations, I need a very small brush. In order to achieve this, I trim individual hairs off of the brush from the art store to achieve a finer point.
Here's a link to many more patterns I've created.