Recently I've still been trying to fit in creating some patterns when I have spare time and most recently I've been trying to capture the things that I can make in pencil, on the computer screen. This sounds like something that can be achieved easily but already having experience of drawing or painting more traditionally, and drawing on the computer, I can safely say that they are quite different. Using illustrator is quite the same in terms of the dissimilarities between pencil and screen. The complete satisfaction of using vector where you can draw a wonky rough line and have it turned into a beautifully smooth one is offset by the feeling that I just can't quite get what I have on paper, look the same on the screen. I'm sure this is due to my lack of practice and knowledge of the programme but it's great fun trying to get there.
One of my major issues to overcome is my lack of ability with colour. I really like muted tones, greys and colours that 'match' to the point where nothing in my patterns is standing out. Without varied hues it all looks a bit flat and boring (to me anyway) so I'm trying to work on using limited palettes and using photographs that I think have complimenting colours to create colour swatches. Also, I'm finding that although I think a pattern looks good up close, when zoomed out to see the whole pattern, maybe mine are too detailed meaning that they would only look good on something large like wallpaper? Meaning that if they were printed on to something small they might look too confusing to the eye, so maybe I'll work on simplifying.