There really is a lot to know about creating patterns. I feel as though I haven't even begun to scratch the surface of this very fascinating creative endeavor. There is a wonderful online class on CreativeLive given by Bonnie Christine. It is all about creating patterns using Adobe Illustrator and I have learned so much about the subject I thought I would share what I have learned so far!
When I last used Illustrator, they were up to about Illustrator 5 I think. I am not talking about Adobe CC or even Adobe CS. This was before any of those software iterations! Illustrator was just a stand alone product. So suffice it to say, a lot has changed in the 15 or so years since I last used the program! The class was given in CS6 and I am working in CS 5.5 so it was pretty close and not hard to follow along. One of the truly amazing new things in the more recent versions of Illustrator is the ability to recolor your artwork and see how it looks in any number of colorways. Imagine if you could do this with paintings! A click of the button and voila! A whole new color story!
Below you can see the variety of colorways I tried. Not all of them are pretty of course. This was just for practice in using the "recolor artwork tool".
There are over 30 videos in this class and I haven't finished watching them all. I did download them all though so I can watch at my leisure!