Simplify Hand Drawn Pattern for Better Effect










Simplified Paisley Pattern Hand Drawn and Repeated in 1990

If you study the hand drawn paisley pattern that I featured in the previous pattern, you will notice that the design elements are crowded, cluttered, and screaming for individual attention.  I believe that this is more of a problem when hand drawing patterns than when using technology.  Yet, crowded, cluttered designs are not attractive to me.  I encourage students to learn how to simplify their images.  This is important for painting freely; and it is also important creating patterns.

In order to simplify, you need to carefully study your image and select only the essential.  Again, there is that pesky word “essential.”


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