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Intro to Surface Pattern Design1:23
The World of Surface Pattern Design9:20
Essential Tools - Setting up a New Workspace4:52
Essential Tools - Zoom in & Zoom out2:56
Essential Tools - Direct & Indirect Selection Tools, Lasso Tool2:53
Essential Tools - Drawing Tools: pencil, pen and blob brush tools9:09
Essential Tools - Functional Tools: Rotate, Reflect10:35
Essential Tools - Swatches Panel, Eyedropper Tool, Custom Colors and Palettes7:59
Essential Tools - Groups & Isolation Mode11:14
Essential Tools - Join, Trim Tool, Adding Effects13:22
Essential Tools - Select Same, Hide Edges & Art Boards, Using Layers4:40
Sketching & Inspiration17:49
Working from Sketches - Best Practices for Scanning & Importing Photos6:58
Working from Sketches - Using the Blob Brush & Pen Tool12:34
Working from Sketches - Using the Live Trace Tool10:10
Working from Sketches - Creating Custom Color Palettes6:06
Working from Sketches - Adding Color to Illustrations20:26
Working from Photographs - Tracing & Using Live Trace12:23
Working from Illustrator - Using Effects & the Symbol Sprayer Tool6:54
Working from Illustrator - Adding Textures and Using Brushes6:07
Building Patterns! Build a Simple Repeating Pattern7:20
Building Patterns! Illustrate Motifs for a Patterns8:54
Building Patterns! Build a More Complex Repeating Pattern - Part 112:22
Build Patterns! Build a More Complex Pattern Part 24:30
Building Patterns! Adjust patterns & Save as .JPEG or .PNGs6:29
Surface Pattern Design: Final Pattern + Next Steps6:00
About This Class
Did you know? You don't have to be an 'artist' to create beautiful artwork! This course is designed for the person who dreams of creating their own repeating patterns. After spending years learning how to become a surface pattern designer on my own, I've become passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. For this course, I have compiled all the necessary skills and knowledge you need to begin designing!
Whether you're a seasoned pro at Illustrator or you've never opened the program, you'll feel comfortable in this course. We'll start with the basics and advance to the most technical knowledge you'll need to begin making beautiful artwork.
PLEASE NOTE: This course is the first in a series. Be sure to join us for Surface Pattern Design 2.0 to learn how to create a collection and start your career as a surface pattern designer!
WHAT YOU'LL LEARN
I'll walk you through step by step to creating a repeating pattern.
We'll learn what surface pattern design is and why it may be a good career option for you. I'll share with you my own creative story and give you lots of insider secrets along the way!
- Learn Illustrator - from setting up a custom workspace to how to use the most technical tools of the trade.
- Gather and create your own inspiration, and learn how to put together a moodboard.
- Learn best practices for sketching and scanning.
- Learn how to make artwork from your sketches, your photographs and from directly within Adobe Illustrator.
- Create custom color palettes.
- Design a repeating pattern!
This course is designed to give you all the technical and creative skills you need to start designing patterns, plus it will motivate and inspire you to start following your creative dream!
WHAT YOU'LL NEED
Below are a few of the tools that will be helpful in this course.
- Adobe Illustrator (begin a free trial here)
- Pencil and dark black pen
- Camera or Smartphone
Not mandatory, but useful tools include:
- Wacom Tablet
LET'S GET STARTED!
I am so excited to begin this adventure with you. Let's get started!
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This class was EXCELLENT. I hadn't used Illustrator in 15+ years and Bonnie walked through exactly what I needed to know, step by step. She's positive, upbeat, and the class was exactly what I was looking for.
hi! my name is bonnie and i love to fill my world with pretty patterns, share all that i know with the roost tribe and blog to inspire the artisan's soul.
creating patterns and illustrations with summery sweet hues is my happy place. i am a self-taught designer and am constantly inspired by the natural world around us, from the biggest of trees to the tiniest of leaves! i thrive on botanical gardens, sunshiny days, and nature walks- camera in one hand, sketchbook in the other.
you can see some of my pattern work at the links below:
- fabric collections for art gallery fabrics
- ribbon for renaissance ribbons
- wallpaper for wallternatives
- wall stencils for royal design studio
i believe patterns are one of the ways that we can express ourselves, and make our spaces beautiful. the patterns of our lives have the capacity to connect deeply within us and i love to weave parts of my life into each one of them. with each one that you see you will have seen a little piece of my life and heart.
along with illustrating, i also love to cook, sew, read, photograph, make things and drink coffee. you can find me talking about all of these things (and more!) over on my blog- going home to roost.
MY LINKS - see you around the web! :)
- Fabric Collections
- Roost Tribe
- Social Media: Facebook | Instagram | Twitter | Pinterest
- Shops: Etsy | Bonnie Christine | Society6
i look forward to meeting you!