Creating Decorative Patterns with Hand-Drawn Elements in Illustrator | Melissa Meyerson | Skillshare

Creating Decorative Patterns with Hand-Drawn Elements in Illustrator

Melissa Meyerson, Digital Artist, Pattern Lover, Teacher

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11 Lessons (29m)
    • 1. Updated Intro Video for Class 1

    • 2. Raw Material

    • 3. Pattern Brushes

    • 4. Pattern Brushes and Transformations

    • 5. Color Swatches

    • 6. Live Paint

    • 7. Manual Pattern Tile

    • 8. Pattern Maker Tool

    • 9. Color and Pattern Library

    • 10. Final Project

    • 11. Printing your Surface Pattern Designs


About This Class


This is an Introductory level class for Surface Pattern Design.  

Using hand-drawn elements and Illustrators' Pattern Brush tool, students start by making lots of fun, easy motifs.  The class also covers the coloring process, including creating swatches, and using the Live Paint and Recolor Artwork tools.  Students will learn how to create a "traditional" swatch, as well as experiment with the Pattern Maker tool, in order to create repeating pattern designs.  

By the end of the class, students will have numerous decorative patterned papers to print and use for numerous DIY projects.  

A Template is included for the Final Project, which is a set of 5 Decorative Papers.  I also included a Tool Settings information sheet.

Quick note: In my Intro video, I used a few product templates provided by designer Elizabeth Olwen, in her Skillshare class:  Pattern Design: Bring Your Artwork to Life on Products.  I highly recommend this class, as well as her other courses.  I also recommend all of Bonnie Christine's courses here on Skillshare.  But don't stop there, Skillshare has a lot of great pattern courses that you will find just by doing a search for Pattern Design.  

I really hope you enjoy the course!!  Ask any questions at any time and I will respond as soon as possible.