Illustrating Patterns: Creating Hand-Drawn Wallpaper

Julia Rothman, Illustrator

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9 Lessons (25m)
    • 1. Teaser: Pattern Making in 60 Seconds

      1:10
    • 2. Introduction

      2:20
    • 3. Project: Hand Draw Your Own Wallpaper

      2:07
    • 4. Getting Inspired

      4:08
    • 5. Illustrating Your Objects

      4:51
    • 6. Cutting & Assembling Your Repeat Tile

      5:56
    • 7. Xeroxing & Wallpapering Your Pattern

      4:06
    • 8. Wrapping Up

      0:12
    • 9. More Creative Classes on Skillshare

      0:33
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Project Description

Create wallpaper with hand-drawn illustrations.

ASSIGNMENT

Your assignment is to create wallpaper using hand-drawn illustrations. This is a really fun assignment with two big benefits: you're creating something fun, and you're gaining a deeper understanding of patterns and how they work.

Right now, there are a lot of automated ways to create digital pattern, but only by creating a pattern by hand can you really get a feel for how the different shapes, colors, and scale really work together in a repeat.

  

MATERIALS

Use the video lessons, resources below (including this step-by-step tutorial), and discussion sections for inspiration and guidance. All you'll need for this assignment is paper, pens and markers, and some analog way to reproduce your work (old-school Xerox, camera + printer, scanner, Photoshop, etc.).

  

DELIVERABLE

It's up to you whether you want to wallpaper your entire bedroom! This assignment can be just as effective by creating the core tile — and then you'll have endless options for digitization and application.

Here are the core deliverables to share in the project gallery for feedback:

  1. IllustrationPre-Cut, Your First Sketches
  2. Wallpaper Tile - Cut & Reassembled Illustration
  3. Repeat ApplicationShow how your tile looks as a repeat, digitally or installed on a wall.

    

RESOURCES

  

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Image courtesy of CB2, Julia Rothman for Hygge&West.

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