Design Class LOTUS Flower. 3 Designs. 1 Flower. Surface Pattern Design Series | Aerie North | Skillshare

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Design Class LOTUS Flower. 3 Designs. 1 Flower. Surface Pattern Design Series

teacher avatar Aerie North, Designer + Maker ♦ Art Gallery Education

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Lessons in This Class

6 Lessons (19m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + artboard

    • 3. Lesson 2: Background

    • 4. Lesson 3: Lotus Flower 1. Ellipse tool

    • 5. Lesson 4: Lotus Flower 2: Pencil tool

    • 6. Lesson 5: Lotus Flower 3: Pen tool

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About This Class

This class is called Lotus Flowers. 3 Designs. 1 Flower. in the design series: Repeat Surface Pattern Design 101.

Each class in this series features:

  • Developing ideas
  • Looking for inspiration
  • Setting up AI workspace + art board
  • Creating illustrations
  • Working with color
  • Designing repeating patterns you can use on textiles, stationery, wallpaper, wrapping paper, cell phone covers, pillows, fabrics, rugs, or just about any other surface.

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1. Intro: Hello and welcome to repeat surface pattern design 101 from thought. To finish this class, Siri's teaches repeat surface pattern designs from thought toe finish. Students will learn to develop ideas, look for inspiration, set up Adobe Illustrator workspace and Art board, create illustrations, work with color and designed repeating patterns. Each class in the Siri's is designed to develop students. Designer skills. Surface pattern designs are everywhere way. You see them on fabric, wall, paper and stationery, and it's a skill that anyone can learn. You don't have to be an artist or designer. These classes are created to make you an artist and a designer. All you need are instructions and Adobe Illustrator. This series of classes provides your education, and I've included two free accesses to Adobe Illustrator in the Class Project section below . There has never been a better time to be a designer or a graphic artist. Creativity cannot be outsourced, and there is room for everyone in this industry. See one do one teach. One is a physician's quote that applies to self paced education like skill share. You see the lesson by watching it. You do the class project and you teach yourself a new skill that are creatively rewarding and potentially provide you with a new income stream. The process of watching a thought form and grow into a finished design can be learned and developed. To start your design career or to enhance your current business in a beneficial and creative way. Please join me in class. Today's class in this design Siri's is titled Lotus Flower. Three designs won flower. This class compliments my skill share. Repeat pattern design class title. Lily pads. I'll meet you unless in one where we create three different designs using one flower, I'll see you there. 2. Lesson 1: Set up workspace + artboard: Hello and welcome to class. In this lesson, we're going to set up our adobe illustrator workspace with an art board. Let's start by going to file Click file, Click New and let's call it I'm gonna call Lotus one. I want to keep it. Letter sized units and inches. This is landscape. I don't want that. I want portrait, So I will do 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall. I like what the new documents gonna look like, and I will just click. Yes, okay. And here it ISS. Now let's pick a nice color palette toe work with. I'm going to go toe windows and go to Swatch Library. I'm going to work with medals when a metallic look and going back toe window and click on color. So all my colors come up. I'm just going to drag this down to the bottom so that everything has a nice line in this class. Will be using these tools The selection tool, the direct selection tool, the pen tool, the pencil tool. We'll be using the shapes. I'm gonna click here so you can see what we've got here. We've got a rectangle and we'll be using the Ellipse tool free transform tool and little hand to move things around. Right now, the stroke is black. The Phyllis White. I'm going to keep it there for now. We'll change it later. Onda. I like the ends tohave the round cap. It gives it a cleaner look. So I'm going to select those. And there we go. So this is our workspace set up with an art board and the tools that we need. I'll see you in the next lesson when we begin our drawing. 3. Lesson 2: Background: Welcome back to class in this lesson, we're going to start our lotus flower drawing. The first thing I want to dio might seem like a little backwards. If you've taken my classes before, we're going to actually add our background before we start our drawing. I want the background to be exactly the same size as our letter sized art board. So I'm gonna come over to our shapes tool. I want to click on rectangle and then anywhere on the workspace of the art board. Just click with your mouse and we're gonna make it exactly the same size as our little page , which is 8.5 inches wide by 11 inches tall. I'm going to click. OK, the stroke is black, which is fine. I'm going to change the Phil two black as well. Now what I can do with the free transform tool or the select tool is set it into place or which is better and more accurate is to come up to our X and why for this we take half of the value of the page that we're working on the art board that we're working on. So we have 8.5 wide. So half of that is 4.25 Now, I'm just gonna press enter, you'll see the background moving slightly good and the UAE access. We have 11 inches. Toll half that is 5.5 and enter. I'm going to send this straight to the back, so everything that we draw on it will be on the black background, right click a range send back. And now I would like to come upto object and I want to keep this locked in place so that I don't accidentally move the background off. So object lock and there we go. So now if I go to my select tool and grab the background, I can't do anything. I can't move it. It is locked into place. So now that we have our background in the next lesson, we're going to begin the pedals on the lotus. I'll see you there 4. Lesson 3: Lotus Flower 1. Ellipse tool: welcome back to class in this lesson, we're going to draw our flower. First thing I want to do is select some colors, So I'd like to work in these nice metallic colors because they look really pretty with the black background. To do the pedals, we can either use the pencil tool or we can use the Ellipse tool or a little bit of both. So I'm going toe click on my lips tool, my fill and Stroker black, which I don't want, because if I draw, start drawing, you won't see anything, so I want my fill. Whatever is up here is down here for Phil and Stroke and let's start with a gold. So I'm gonna make the filthy inside gold on the stroke. I will make bronze and the bronze color. I'm going to keep my stroke weight at one for now, but I might tweak that a little bit later, so I'm just gonna draw pedal by clicking and dragging to make her quite a long oval. Let's see what happens when we click the weight and make it quite a bit heavier. Let's try eight This way, the strokes much more visible. Okay, this is really pretty, but let's add a little something special. I'm going to select the pedal, come up to opacity, and I'm going to make it 25% opaque or trans parent as the original colors. So let's take a look how that works. That's not too bad. Now I want to select the pedal and make a few copies. I'm gonna use the freeform tool to move things around a little bit. So I'm going toe lay that flat. I don't want our flower to be exactly in the center Now, while it's selected, I'm gonna copy and paste. So control C control V and then move this little bit slightly. Now, this is where you could see the magic happening. I'm gonna come off here so you could see because we use 25% opacity we could see through the pedals, and that's going to give it a really interesting look. So I'm gonna select both of them, and I'll copy and paste again with control C Control V come to my freeform tools so I could take these two selected pedals and just move them around a little bit. Let's see. Let's move that up almost looks like a dragon fly. Good. I'm gonna copy and paste to gets more. There we are. And let me put these in the center just a little above. I'm gonna take a look and see if I like it. I do like that. Now I want to fill in a little bit here, So I'm going to just select a couple of the pedals that we have before and copy Paste while it selected. Let's change the colors. I'm going to make these more of the browns and kind of peachy color, So let me go. Well, stroke is first here, so let's make the stroke light this time. And let's make the Phil the darker color. We still have 25% opacity selected, so it's automatically making our colors lighter, more translucent, back to my freeform tool. Let's move that a little above there. Take a look. That's good. You select them again and copy paste with my freeform tool. I'm going to move this up here. It looks really nice. I like that they're so here is one type of lotus flower that we're using in the next lesson . Let's try something new. I'll see you there 5. Lesson 4: Lotus Flower 2: Pencil tool: hello and welcome back to class in this lesson. We're going to change it up a little bit and use the pencil tool to draw some pedals. I'm going to select the pencil tool. I want to change the colors up a little bit. Stroke is in the front, so let's select, not slept this color for stroke. Bring the bill to the front and slip is very light color. We still have the opacity at 25%. Here we go on. Let's draw her first pedal. Let's make it a little different. It's just make it nice and big. There we go. Now what happens? Because we're using the pencil tool. The Phil has gone away, but that's OK. We'll come and get that again with the direct select tool. I'm gonna come over to my pedal, and if I go along the path, I meet with my anchor at the end. Same with the top one. Go along the path, meet my anchor at the end. I'm going to click on the anchor holding on Dragon just so you can see a really exaggerated movement. So now I want to bring these anchors together, click and drag bring it together. You know, it's together because the whole path lit up. Now let's go back and select our color. There's our Phil. There we go. I'm gonna select the whole thing this time. I want to make a mirror image so that the pedal comes over here while it's select it and going to right click come down to transform, reflect it, giving it a mirror image. I want a 90 degree image, and I'm gonna press copy my freeform tool. I'm gonna grab that and move it over when we come off and take a look so it looks pretty good. Now it's their filling in over here, so I'm gonna make a copy. Select Control C control the to make a copy with my freeform tool. Just gonna move it around a little bit and come off of the end. Let's take a look and see what happens. I want this to be more pronounced, so I'm gonna select the pedal again with my freeform tool moving a little closer together. I think that's gonna look nice. Yes, I like that. Better click on my right pedal. Copy. Paste free form to move it around. I don't want it to be perfect. Want to be slightly different, but look good. I'm gonna copy and paste this one again for another lotus petal on this side onto the same thing with the left side. Copy paste. I like that. I'm gonna just draw my last pedal in pencil tool. Select it. I'm gonna drop off and then move it on. So just going to give it a great big circle. My direct select to bring the anchors together and then slept My color game. Okay, I'm gonna select it. And with my free transform tool, just move it up. There's another lotus flower in this one. Done still with metallics, but using the steel colors. Now, let's select it all in play with the opacity a little bit. I'm gonna make the opacity 50%. That looks nice. Let's do 75%. It looks quite nice as well. Let's go back to 100%. So you can see. There you go. I'm gonna make 50. I quite like 50. So there's two ways of making lotus flowers. One using the pencil tool and the other using the Ellipse tool 6. Lesson 5: Lotus Flower 3: Pen tool: Hello and welcome back to class. In this last drawing class, we're going to create our final lotus flower using the pen tool. Let slip dark colors our Phil color. Let's go with this nice Teeley green on our stroke color. There we go. That looks nice. Select the pen tool and just click. Make your first click to create an anchor. Bring your most toe anywhere you want. Now we're gonna click and drag. So click hold and drag and just make it the roundness, the shape that you want. Let it go. And now just move the pen tool to the upper anchor and click. There we go. There's a pedal. Now let's move that pedal around a little bit. We're going to copy it and copy Paste reform Tool. Here we go. Let's copy Paste again. That looks good. I'm going to select the whole thing just toe, move it a little bit freeform tool and reflect it will select it and in the right, click transform reflect. I want to make a copy of it and move that over. Let's take a look. Let's put one more pedal here with the pen tool. I'm going to not draw directly on. I'm gonna move it up here just to start the drawing. Click and down, click and hold and drag. So there and there we go click and hold. Good. I'm going to select that guy and move it right down into the center. That looks great. I do think I'm going to change the stroke color. Let's make that the very lightest here and take a look and see what happens. That looks very nice. So there you go. You've learned how to use the pen tool, the Ellipse tool on the pencil tool to draw three different lotus flowers. I hope you enjoyed this class. I really look forward to seeing your lotus flowers and the project gallery.