Usually I'll just indicate the pattern with a few dots, don't be afraid to design the texture. If I'm doing a tighter render I'll lay out the pattern in illustrator flat, bring it over to photoshop and distort it there with the transform tool.
Aaron, great animal sketches. Getting away from what you do everyday is always important.
I’ve had this concept in my head for awhile for a color coded set of metal-wood golf clubs. I thought it would be good for total noobs and doofuses like me, but also for pros who are playing in televised tournaments because viewers could easily see what club the player is using.
That's a really neat concept, I like the idea of spectators being able to take notes on the pros. In E-sports it's really popular for pro players to stream their matches and you can watch and listen from their perspective. It creates an experience unlike any other pro sport between the athletes and fans.