Intro to Surface Pattern Design: Learn Adobe Illustrator | Bonnie Christine | Skillshare

Intro to Surface Pattern Design: Learn Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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26 Lessons (3h 43m)
    • 1. Intro to Surface Pattern Design

      1:23
    • 2. The World of Surface Pattern Design

      9:20
    • 3. Essential Tools - Setting up a New Workspace

      4:52
    • 4. Essential Tools - Zoom in & Zoom out

      2:56
    • 5. Essential Tools - Direct & Indirect Selection Tools, Lasso Tool

      2:53
    • 6. Essential Tools - Drawing Tools: pencil, pen and blob brush tools

      9:09
    • 7. Essential Tools - Functional Tools: Rotate, Reflect

      10:35
    • 8. Essential Tools - Swatches Panel, Eyedropper Tool, Custom Colors and Palettes

      7:59
    • 9. Essential Tools - Groups & Isolation Mode

      11:14
    • 10. Essential Tools - Join, Trim Tool, Adding Effects

      13:22
    • 11. Essential Tools - Select Same, Hide Edges & Art Boards, Using Layers

      4:40
    • 12. Sketching & Inspiration

      17:49
    • 13. Working from Sketches - Best Practices for Scanning & Importing Photos

      6:58
    • 14. Working from Sketches - Using the Blob Brush & Pen Tool

      12:34
    • 15. Working from Sketches - Using the Live Trace Tool

      10:10
    • 16. Working from Sketches - Creating Custom Color Palettes

      6:06
    • 17. Working from Sketches - Adding Color to Illustrations

      20:26
    • 18. Working from Photographs - Tracing & Using Live Trace

      12:23
    • 19. Working from Illustrator - Using Effects & the Symbol Sprayer Tool

      6:54
    • 20. Working from Illustrator - Adding Textures and Using Brushes

      6:07
    • 21. Building Patterns! Build a Simple Repeating Pattern

      7:20
    • 22. Building Patterns! Illustrate Motifs for a Patterns

      8:54
    • 23. Building Patterns! Build a More Complex Repeating Pattern - Part 1

      12:22
    • 24. Build Patterns! Build a More Complex Pattern Part 2

      4:30
    • 25. Building Patterns! Adjust patterns & Save as .JPEG or .PNGs

      6:29
    • 26. Surface Pattern Design: Final Pattern + Next Steps

      6:00
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Project Description

Explore nature, create a pattern!

ASSIGNMENT

The assignment for this course is to create a repeating pattern inspired by your favorite things found in nature. Your final pattern should be complex, seamless and engaging. Take plenty of time to learn the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator first, then carefully research, photograph, sketch and study your inspirations. Choose a color palette that is unique and engaging and your final pattern will be stunning!

DELIVERABLE

When you're ready, begin uploading your process and final pattern to the student project gallery. A complete student project should include:

  • Inspirations from nature
  • Moodboard
  • Sketches
  • Color palette
  • Motifs
  • Final pattern

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

Below are a few of the tools that will be helpful in this course.

  • Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)
  • Sketchbook
  • Pencil and dark black pen
  • Camera or Smartphone

Not mandatory, but useful tools include:

  • Scanner
  • Lightbox
  • Wacom Tablet

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RESOURCES

Explore the attached resources and use them for your convenience and inspiration. Included is a set of pre-made color palettes, my list of favorite industry resources, ebook on how i became a surface pattern designer, a handy keyboard shortcut printable, inspirational desktop backgrounds, my creative story, a few printables and more!

MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)

TEXTURES & BRUSHES USED:

EXAMPLES OF ARTISTS WITH STRONG SIGNATURE STYLES

EXAMPLES OF INSPIRATION + MOOD BOARDS

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Student Projects

Nina Rycroft
9 comments
Craft Indahouse
22 comments
Nikki O
32 comments
Alexandra Moran
30 comments
28 comments
Karen Willmore
14 comments
Metka Hiti
23 comments
Joanne Tubman
91 comments
Heidi Herrera
17 comments
Ria Sharon
12 comments
Lenore Angela
68 comments
Marina Lebedeva
41 comments
Tam G.
10 comments
Pippa Shaw
6 comments
Tessie Snow
140 comments