Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design: Working with Adobe Illustrator

Bonnie Christine, Surface Pattern Designer + Artist

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13 Lessons (1h 21m)
    • 1. Intro to Watercolor for Surface Pattern Design

      1:45
    • 2. Welcome + Overview

      6:52
    • 3. Painting Techniques

      5:22
    • 4. Scanning our Artwork

      2:58
    • 5. Time to Vectorize!

      13:14
    • 6. Introducing Colors

      4:03
    • 7. Choosing a Color Palette that WORKS

      6:13
    • 8. Applying Color to the Motifs

      6:57
    • 9. Layering and Building Motifs

      9:15
    • 10. Making a Seamless Repeating Pattern

      7:57
    • 11. Easily Recolor your Pattern (!!)

      5:33
    • 12. Saving Images for the Web & for Clip Art

      6:14
    • 13. Your Course Project + Next Steps

      4:37
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Project Description

Project Description

Create a single painterly pattern.

 PLEASE NOTE: If you're new to Illustrator, be sure to take Intro to Surface Pattern Design and Surface Pattern Design 2.0 first. This course will assume that you're either competent in Illustrator or that you've taken these two courses first. :)

ASSIGNMENT

The assignment for this course is to create a single repeating pattern from your paintings. Your final pattern should be complex, seamless and engaging. Take plenty of time to learn the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator first, then carefully paint and construct your pattern. 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:

  • A short bio + intro to your project - we want to get to know you!
  • Inspirations for your pattern (or a moodboard)
  • A snapshot of your original paintings
  • 2 color palettes or themes you'd like to use
  • Your final pattern

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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

RESOURCES

Explore the attached resources and use them for your convenience and inspiration. Included is my list of favorite industry resources, info on the Roost Tribe, eBook on how I became a surface pattern designer, a handy keyboard shortcut printable and an inspirational art print.

MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)

Student Projects

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Miriam Dornemann
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Bonnie Christine
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Suzette E.
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Bärbel Dressler
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Gabriela Dachin
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Rita M. Ilarduya
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Paos Livorzi
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Annette Brown
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Fiona C.
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Petra Dömötör
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Luanne Marten
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Buket Donmez
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Esra Tortumlu
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