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7 Videos (10m)
    • 1 - introduction

    • 2 - Idea generation

    • 3 - Prompt Cards

    • 4 - Research

    • 5 - Weekly Project

    • 6 - Coordinates

    • 7 - Final

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About This Class

Have you ever been stuck for an idea or had no idea what to draw.  Well let me help you.  For 6 weeks we’re going to build our portfolios together using a method I use to generate ideas.

If you're an aspiring Illustrator or Surface Pattern Designer or an established artist, this course will help give you the tools to further developer your sources of inspiration to create unique and interesting work that sell.

See this as a fun creative challenge to build your own disciplined practice of building a body of work that is uniquely yours. 


You can do this bootcamp at any time.  But, I'll be giving away 1 year free premium membership to 1 person who has completed 6 weeks of mini collections and uploaded them to the Projects Gallery by the due date (see below).


24th April 2018 - Enrolment Opens

1st May 2018 - Pattern Bootcamp begins

12 June 2018 - Pattern Bootcamp ends

19th June 2018 - Last day to upload to the project gallery

26th June 2018 - Winner announced


Pattern Courses

If you've not created patterns before, I recommend doing my one of my other pattern design courses before completing this bootcamp:


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110 of 113 students recommendSee All

Very fun idea, I'll try it soon! Loving all your classes Mel! Two little pieces of feedback - the volume of the music is really different then when you are speaking so it screams a little when it comes up, hehe. Also the link for the empty pdf for us to fill in with our own categories is reapeating the already filled in file. Thank and keep up the good work :)
I like the class well enough, except for the music. The music is too loud, even with the volume turned as low as it can go without being off. That part is annoying.
A highly recommended course! I just finished the Pattern Bootcamp and enjoyed it so much. I love the idea of drawing occasion and motif. Thank you Mel for this wonderful classes. Side effect: I have six more pieces in my portfolio! YAY!





Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

I love drawing! If I don't have a sketchbook with me I panic. It's an addiction that started a few years ago after trying to find some fabric for my son. I couldn't find what I wanted so decided to design my own and then somehow fell into a new career illustrating and pattern designing.

In 2016 I won the Make it in Design scholarship (2016) and it changed my life. I signed up with art agent Advocate Art where I license designs to all sorts of products such as baby products, sho...

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