Experiments for Pattern Designers: 5 Days to Build Your Creative Confidence

Bryna Shields, Illustrator, Surface Designer, Teacher

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8 Lessons (23m)
    • 1. Intro

    • 2. Tips For Your Best Creative Mindset

    • 3. Day 1: A Sketch Marathon!

    • 4. Day 2: Blind Contour Drawings

    • 5. Day 3: Remixing Old Work

    • 6. Day 4: Papercuts, Masking & Collage, Oh My!

    • 7. Day 5: Color as Inspiration

    • 8. Final Thoughts


About This Class

This class is built on the idea that everyone is a creative, but not everyone has the tools and mindset that support their special flavor of creativity… yet. That’s where this class comes in!

In this class, you’ll learn new ways to kick creative block to the curb! Discover how to tap into your creative intuition and rejuvenate your art practice through a series of experimental exercises you can use as starting points for new surface pattern designs. 

You’ll learn how to:

  • Get into a flow and release judgement so you can create your best work

  • Evaluate your initial sketches and build new ideas upon them

  • Build your creative confidence and develop your artistic voice

  • Edit and refine your work into beautiful, polished surface patterns to show off to your audience and potential clients

Each of these experiments are designed to be used over and over again while delivering a new result every time, making them timeless tools you can incorporate to your creative practice.

After each experiment we’ll discuss techniques and methods for refining these sketches into beautiful patterns for your portfolio.

Whether you’re just starting out or a seasoned surface designer, this class will give you renewed confidence that you can find inspiration anywhere!

At the end of this class, you’ll be on your way to a fresh new collection of surface patterns to show off with confidence.