Tag: Animals

Pastel Owls Pattern

Hand drawn owl pattern

I drew these owls the other evening and thought how fun they’d look all lined up together! I scanned them and used Illustrator’s image trace (set at low res photograph) and coloured them in. I’m really enjoying turning hand drawn pictures into patterns at the moment. There is a moment of magic when the flat colour makes them pop that never gets boring.

Illustrated owls

Don’t they look sweet and surprised?!

Kawaii Creatures Pattern

Pastel animal pattern

Little creatures inspired by 1980’s toys: Care Bears, Keypers and My Little Pony. A kitten, a bunny, an owl and a puppy! All in pastel shades on fluffy clouds.

Mockup cushion

Illustrated animal characters

Retro Owl Pattern

Blue and Yellow Retro Owl Pattern

These owls are inspired by retro owl ceramics from the 1960’s and 1970’s. The pattern isn’t flowing quite right – I’m tempted to re-make it as stripes of owls.

Illustration of blue owls

Cat and Flowers Cameo Pattern

A yellow pattern with red cats and flowers

This pattern came about after I sketched some cats the other evening. There was one cat in particular that really amused me: it looked like it was wearing false teeth but struggled to keep them in it’s mouth.

I traced a photo of this cat in Illustrator and then added flowers around it. Scroll down to see the original drawing. The flowers and foliage were heavily influenced by 1970’s surface pattern design. Instead of using black to outline the shapes I’ve played with darker shades of the main fill colours – its less harsh, but there is a knack to choosing the best colour and I’ve not worked out what that is yet!

Red and orange cat surrounded by flowers illustration


Pencil sketch of a sitting cat

Party Dogs Pattern

Pattern with black dogs on a yellow background

This pattern is inspired by those dogs you see out for walkies who smile with pride at their owners, like walkies is just the best thing ever.

Black dog illustration

Here’s a close up view of one of these doggies. Look at that smile!

I drew the dog character directly in Illustrator, using the blob paintbrush and laptop trackpad. He’s lovely and imperfect because of this.

Night Owl Illustration

Illustration of a blue owlJust a simple and quick illustration of one of my favourite creatures, the owl.

Floral Kitty Repeat Pattern

Repeat pattern with lilac cats and bright flowers

Cats are such elegant creatures. I love their physical form and the way they can look like they’ve melted. Such effortless existence!

This pattern started out with a completely pastel colour palette, but my love of bright green has crept in and transformed it into a much brighter appearance. I cant get enough bright green.

Getting the flow of patterns right is challenging. The cats in this one are not working quite right – my eyes move across them in diagonal rows – so I need to work on this, its definitely my weakness when it comes to surface patterns. I will get better with practice!


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