My obsession with drawing patterns inside shapes spans the entirety of my life. I went to Kindergarten in Germany where there was a huge emphasis on creativity, play and exploring nature. I remember taking walks through the forest behind our school and gathering moss from trees to do art projects with. And most of all I remember drawing: the act of scribbling wildly across a piece of paper, creating huge loops and amorphous shapes, and then filling each shape in with a different color or pattern.
Once I started working on computers, I played in Microsoft Paint (I'm sure we all did this): scribbling nonsense and then using the paint bucket to fill in a solid or a pattern that came standard with the program.
I've never stopped that basic practice. It's a little different now, though; a bit less haphazard. I love the idea of drawing complex worlds of pattern and line inside simple, elegant forms.
Recently I was sent some beautiful drawing notebooks by the good people over at May Designs, an Austin-based company. Here's what I created over the course of a Friday night and Saturday morning, enjoy: