Oct 24 2010

christopher dresser – “studies in design” motifs, series 2

Now available: 19 moderately complex motifs for Illustrator: from Christopher Dresser, Studies in Design — $11.00 USD Purchase Now

Included are the 19 moderately complex motifs from Studies in Design by Christopter Dresser (1834-1904). The plates were hand traced in Adobe Illustrator CS3 (as opposed to using Live Trace) that can be used with Illustrator or imported into other vector drawing software. The colors are close to the original, though the plates were faded, thus colors are probably somewhat muted, compared to the original.

These designs are representative of the Aesthetic through the early Art Deco styles. Botanical and fantastical animal forms dominate this collection–many are highly decorative alone or when used in combination with each other or with Dresser linear border brushes.

These motifs are customizable so experiment with different combinations and colorways.

For more information concerning installation, use and customization please see the online version of the “read-me” file.

Sep 19 2010

rené beauclair pattern swatches for illustrator, series 1

Now available: 30 custom art nouveau pattern swatches for Illustrator by René Beauclair — $11.00 USD Purchase Now for immediate download.


These are vector pattern swatches by the celebrated art nouveau designer, René Beauclair. The first series in the Beauclair collection includes 27 seamless Illustrator pattern swatches. They require Illustrator v. 10 or higher.

Pattern designs are "hand" traced (not using "Live Trace") and matched to render as seamless vector patterns. The colors are approximate matches to the original source.

Swatches are customizable so experiment with different colorways and in combination with linear pattern borders or motifs.

For more information concerning installation and use, please see the online version of the "read-me" file.

To view pattern detail, roll the mouse over the thumbnail.


Aug 30 2010

free samples: vector motifs from christopher dresser “studies in design”

Every so often (though probably not on a set schedule) I will post free downloads of vector design motifs, patterns, borders, taken from decorative arts sources of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Some of the designers represented: Rene Beauclaire, Christoper Dresser, Eugene Grasset, Owen Jones, William Morris, Auguste Racinet, Maurice Pillard Verneuil. Charles F.A. Voysey, as well as lesser-known designers.

Designs are ‘hand’ traced and in full color. The plates used as the tracing source have faded so the colors may not be an exact match to the original. Colors are rendered in RGB mode which provides the widest gamut for the closest match. Files are fully customizable (colors, proportions, shapes, etc.) using Illustrator. As vector drawings, the designs are fully scalable so they can be adapted for use in websites or for print. Color rendering can be changed to CMYK if needed for printing.

Files are available in Illustrator .ai format (including pattern swatches and pattern border brushes). Non-repeatable motifs are also available in .eps format.

These free examples are part of larger collections that can be purchased. The catalogue of currently available collections can be found in the Marketplace (in the right sidebar).

Both the Marketplace and the collection of free samples is growing, so bookmark this page.


Sample vector motifs from Studies in Design, Christoper Dresser (1834-1904):

Download Illustrator (.ai) files (dresser_motif009f_ai.zip)

Download .eps files (dresser_motif009f_eps.zip)

Purchase 40 motifs from Studies in Design – $11.00