Actually, at first, using the pen tool (available in both Illustrator and Photoshop) was a challenging exercise, but after I figured out what I was doing wrong, the expletives are no longer needed. The drawing is of a hole punch. We took portions of our own drawing and used the concepts of of repetition, negative space, line and shape to make our new little designs.
I know what I see in the first image -- heavily influenced, I suspect, by my current work in Things Japanese (the Frasier Crane piece, my Digital to Textile piece, and of course the fabulous obi fabrics I purchased recently).
What do you see?