I thought it would be interesting to post a couple of the preliminary sketches I do when I first start designing a new pattern. Usually I do some really quick pencil sketches with lots of quick scribbling just to work out motif ideas and layouts with lots of movement. Then I start to refine the lines and work and work and work until I get just the right look (you might even recognize the beginnings here of some of my newest pattern designs). Then I proceed to work on the design on my computer!
Jackie Tahara of UnBlink Studio