Pattern Bootcamp 2018 | Mel Armstrong | Skillshare

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Topics include illustration, design, photography, and more

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Lessons in This Class

    • 1.

      1 - introduction


    • 2.

      2 - Idea generation


    • 3.

      3 - Prompt Cards


    • 4.

      4 - Research


    • 5.

      5 - Weekly Project


    • 6.

      6 - Coordinates


    • 7.

      7 - Final


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About This Class

Have you ever been stuck for an idea or had no idea what to draw.  Well let me help you.  For 6 weeks we’re going to build our portfolios together using a method I use to generate ideas.

If you're an aspiring Illustrator or Surface Pattern Designer or an established artist, this course will help give you the tools to further developer your sources of inspiration to create unique and interesting work that sell.

See this as a fun creative challenge to build your own disciplined practice of building a body of work that is uniquely yours. 


You can do this bootcamp at any time.  But, I'll be giving away 1 year free premium membership to 1 person who has completed 6 weeks of mini collections and uploaded them to the Projects Gallery by the due date (see below).


24th April 2018 - Enrolment Opens

1st May 2018 - Pattern Bootcamp begins

12 June 2018 - Pattern Bootcamp ends

19th June 2018 - Last day to upload to the project gallery

26th June 2018 - Winner announced


Pattern Courses

If you've not created patterns before, I recommend doing my one of my other pattern design courses before completing this bootcamp:


Music: Ben Sound

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Mel Armstrong

Illustrator, Pattern Addict & Teacher

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Hello and greetings!

I'm a dedicated illustrator and surface pattern designer hailing from Wellington, New Zealand. My passion lies in crafting beauty, whether it's through illustration, patterns, sewing, or even assembling IKEA flat packs (yes, really).

Driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge, I found my way to Skillshare. After discovering this treasure trove of learning, I not only delved into various classes but also found my... See full profile

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1. 1 - introduction: Hello, welcome to Pattern Bootcamp. My name is Mile and I'm an illustrator and self- special designer. Now, have you ever been stuck for an idea? And just had no idea what to draw. This does happen to me occasionally. I came up with the method that helped me generate new ideas. Sometimes it may be through things that I probably would never have drawn before. It's a great way to think outside the square and create something purely unique. The next six weeks, we are going to build our portfolios together using this method. Let's get started. 2. 2 - Idea generation: The focus of this webcam is to help you create designs that are sellable, collections that you could send a potential buyer, occasions such as Christmas and birthdays or what sells in the greeting card gift wrap and gift away market. It's always a really good idea to have lots of things in your portfolio. The next six weeks we will create designs for six different occasions, one per week. I'll provide you with a list of occasion prompts and each week you'll select one to focus on. You also need another set of prompts to select from to generate inspiration for your design idea. This is where the toll brainstorming comes in handy. What I'd like you to do is think five minutes writing down all the things that you love, things that you're passionate about, that you're interested in. Then here is what I came up with. Now, I want you to pick 20 from your list and write them in the categories PDF that I have provided for you in the download section. Now in the next video, I will show you how to organize your prompts and then we are ready to go. 3. 3 - Prompt Cards: 4. 4 - Research: Now that you have your occasion and category, you need to do some research. There are many ways to research. My favorite is going to the library. I love the library. I love finding old books on subjects, especially art history or the history of birds or animals or that stuff. You can also use the internet of course, going to a museum, get outside. Pinterest is a great platform for creating a mood board of all your discoveries. Now one word of caution, do not copy. It's okay to copy to learn but not to profit. Take your inspiration and make it your own. Same goes for photography. You should always get permission from the photographer if you would like to use photography for your art work. Let's get started. 5. 5 - Weekly Project: 6. 6 - Coordinates: 7. 7 - Final: Now you have all your pump counts ready to go. Let's get started. Now you can do this boot-camp whenever you like, but I encourage you to do it six weeks running. Check the dates from the community section as I will be giving away one years premium membership to Skillshare to those who submit all the six weeks working collections in the given time frame. Happy pattern-making. See you.