My Role

My assignment was to research, develop, and illustrate a pattern or design that can be copied and pasted together repeatedly. I had to illustrate a pattern from an ordinary object, in this case, a keychain. Whatever its final use, it all needs to take four major factors into consideration: the subject matter (forms and shapes) appropriate to the final intent, the scale or size of these images, the colors chosen, ant eh requisite and unique need to repeat the pattern making it appear as though it has no beginning or end.


First, I sketched the key chain from different angles and perspectives. The original illustration was done by hand. Then I scan and copy and/copy and paste my illustration on the computer. I traced my illustration in the compute then I used my illustration to work repeatedly resulting in an area of pattern that shows no beginning or end. I first did the patterns in black and white I started using colors.

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Repetitive Patterns

Repetitive Patterned Illustration/Product Development


The history of the application of images and designs as repetitive pattern reaches far beyond our current civilization, as we know it, and far into the past. Their methods of creation as well as how they were reproduced have been enhanced by many technological advancements. One of the earliest being the development and production of the paisley print. Discovered early in the Far East, in India, the folded end of a man's clenched hand was rubbed with an ink made from blackened ash. When painted with this ink the fist was repeatedly pressed onto a surface to create a paisley printed pattern. Crude as this was, it served it's purpose to illustrate over and over the same mark in order to decorate a large area relatively quickly with no beginning or end readily evidenced.

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