When I first started creating patterns and cracked the code for the perfect repeat, I thought that these patterns would be my ticket to making a living.
But as I have striven to pay my bills as a graphic designer, I've had the good fortune to learn a ton of new skills on the job.
One of these skills came rather recently when I started designing for Needlepaint.com. This entails designing a pillow, Christmas stocking, or belt that I then convert into a grid for a needlepoint canvas.
It is basically pixel art, which harkens back to the early days of video games.
I kinda love this conversion of a design into a grid and even find it addictive.
Below is a photo of a fox that I made a simple vector drawing of. Below that is the pixelated version, with one pixel equaling a stitch.
Below that is an enlarged view.
Huh. Who knew?