Surface Pattern Design: Creating a Collection for Art Licensing

Emily Cromwell, Illustrator + Surface Designer

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11 Videos (2h 23m)
    • Introduction

      2:22
    • Materials

      1:53
    • Gathering Inspiration

      6:10
    • The Importance of Designing in Collections

      17:46
    • Sketching Out Your Collection

      21:50
    • Creating The Main Image PART 1

      22:54
    • Creating The Main Image PART 2

      25:23
    • Creating The Main Pattern

      15:21
    • Finished Collection Overview

      6:01
    • Mockups

      21:24
    • Final Words

      1:57

About This Class

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When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​and​ ​art​ ​licensing,​ ​you’re​ ​going​ ​to​ ​want​ ​to​ ​start​ ​creating collections​ ​of​ ​work,​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​just​ ​individual​ ​pieces.​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​one​ ​Christmas​ ​pattern featuring​ ​a​ ​snowman​ ​and​ ​a​ ​santa,​ ​you’ll​ ​need​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​collection​ ​including​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​main design​ ​image,​ ​a​ ​few​ ​supporting​ ​patterns,​ ​and​ ​some​ ​simple​ ​extra​ ​patterns​ ​such​ ​as​ ​stripes​ ​or​ ​dots. In​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​learning​ ​how​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collection​ ​from​ ​start​ ​to​ ​finish. We’ll​ ​start​ ​with​ ​brain​ ​storming​ ​ideas,​ ​finding​ ​inspiration,​ ​sketching​ ​out​ ​ideas,​ ​digitizing​ ​your​ ​work​ ​(I’ll be​ ​using​ ​Adobe​ ​Photoshop),​ ​and​ ​pulling​ ​everything​ ​together​ ​into​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​collection!​ ​We’ll​ ​also​ ​be discussing​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​versus​ ​just​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​design,​ ​ideas​ ​of​ ​how​ ​to use​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​elements​ ​for​ ​your​ ​collection,​ ​and​ ​much​ ​more.

PLEASE​ ​NOTE: ​I​ ​won’t​ ​be​ ​covering​ ​too​ ​much​ ​about​ ​the​ ​step​ ​by​ ​step​ ​process​ ​of​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​repeat pattern​ ​in​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​so​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​already​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​repeat​ ​pattern​ ​in​ ​Photoshop,​ ​I recommend​ ​watching​ ​my​ ​class​ ​about​ ​that​ ​here:​ http://skl.sh/2kqHeAX

In​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assumed​ ​that​ ​you​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​basics​ ​of​ ​working​ ​in​ ​Photoshop.​ ​=)

WHAT​ ​YOU’LL​ ​LEARN

-How​ ​to​ ​design​ ​a​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collection
-How​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​cohesive​ ​through​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​colors​ ​and​ ​similar​ ​elements
-How​ ​to​ ​put​ ​your​ ​collection​ ​onto​ ​mockups

This​ ​class​ ​is​ ​geared​ ​towards​ ​anyone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design,​ ​art​ ​licensing,​ ​or just​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​something​ ​new!​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​this​ ​course​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​left​ ​feeling determined​ ​and​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​start​ ​creating​ ​your​ ​own​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collections!

WHAT​ ​YOU’LL​ ​NEED

-Sketching​ ​supplies​ ​(paper,​ ​pen,​ ​pencil)
-Adobe​ ​Photoshop​ ​(You are more than welcome to work in Illustrator for this course instead of PS)
-Some​ ​type​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​drawing​ ​tool​ ​(I​ ​use​ ​a​ ​Wacom​ ​Intuous​ ​Pro​ ​Tablet)

LET’S​ ​GET​ ​STARTED!

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Emily Cromwell

Illustrator + Surface Designer

Hi there! I'm Emily Cromwell. I'm an illustrator and surface designer who loves to create happy, colorful, and whimsical designs! I live in a tiny town in Massachusetts and I am a proud fur mom to a gray tabby cat named Misty.

I like to create things that have meaning, provide inspiration, and bring happiness into peoples' lives. I always strive to make the world a happier place with my art!

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