Surface Pattern Design: Sketching for a Collection

Corri Sheff, Artist and Surface Pattern Designer

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6 Videos (30m)
    • Introduction

    • What is Surface Pattern Design

    • Brainstorming

    • Sketching

    • What to do if You're Stuck

    • Class Project


About This Class



In this class I am going to show you how I go about starting a collection for surface pattern design.  We'll go over brainstorming our ideas, sourcing references, sketching (the most fun part!) and what you can do if your stuck.  I had this class in mind for students who have a grasp of surface pattern design and know how to make a pattern, but are maybe stuck in the habit of making 'one off' repeat and would like to make a cohesive collection.  This can be great for building your portfolio or to upload to a POD site such a Spoonflower.  By the end of the process hopefully you will have a nice group of sketches to start building your collection with!

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Stuck on how to draw:

This book and this book are my all time favorite instructional drawing books :)

Music provided by Jake Sheff.


10 of 10 students recommendSee All

Great class
This class really helped me think about sketching for a full collection rather than just individual patterns. The lessons were inspiring and easy to follow along. I had so much fun putting together the project! Thank you Corri!!
It's a brief course, but very helpful for getting your head around the early planning for a collection of surface patterns.
Mel Petricko

Librarian on wheels with inky fingers





Corri Sheff

Artist and Surface Pattern Designer

Hello and Welcome!!


I'm Corri Sheff an artist and designer.  I have a B.S. in Fine Art (painting), Commercial Art and Illustration, and Graphic Design. I draw inspiration from nature, vintage botanical illustrations and my own garden.  I find inspiration in the strange and unconventional - from the creepiest of crawlies to a knotty tree.  My designs are elegant and sophisticated with just a touch of whimsy.  I am an avid sewist maki...

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