Surface Pattern Design Fundamentals

Mel Armstrong, Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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9 Videos (1h 16m)
    • Hello!

    • 1 - Inspiration

    • 2 - Moodboard

    • 3 - Sketching

    • 4 - Brushes part 1

    • 5 - Brushes part 2

    • 6 - Icons

    • 7 - Simple Pattern

    • Thank you!

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About This Class

In this class I’m going to take you through the fundamentals of surface pattern design, the way I do it.  There are many Surface Design classes on Skillshare, but in this class you'll discover my secrets of how I go about creating patterns that go on to be licensed for use on fabric, gift wrap and a whole range of products.  My goal is to help you achieve your dreams of becoming a surface pattern designer. 

You’ll learn the basics of how to create a pattern in Adobe Illustrator using hand drawn sketches.

You will learn: 

  • Moodboarding & colour selection
  • Sketching ideas
  • Transforming those sketches in Adobe Illustrator
  • Basic repeating pattern


  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Photoshop (optional)
  • Sketchpad
  • Drawing Pen
  • Pencil
  • Eraser
  • Scanner (or camera)


MUSIC by Bensound

126 of 128 students recommendSee All

Thanks so much! This was a great little demo.
Great class! Loved watching how you work. Learned several new tricks! Thanks!
Angela M.

Vector Artist & Surface Pattern Designer

i loved this class and i hope i can finish my project soon to share it with you





Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher


Art Licensing for Surface Pattern Designers

After posting a discussion about what to teach next, this is what 99% of you voted.  Art Licensing! Launching at the end of June, I'm going to be taking you through a number of tips for getting your surface designs licensed.  I'll even help you put together a pattern collection specifically for your dream client.  

Launching 29th June 2018


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