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Surface Pattern Design: Creating a Collection for Art Licensing

teacher avatar Emily Cromwell, Illustrator + Surface Designer

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Lessons in This Class

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    • 2.



    • 3.

      Gathering Inspiration


    • 4.

      The Importance of Designing in Collections


    • 5.

      Sketching Out Your Collection


    • 6.

      Creating The Main Image PART 1


    • 7.

      Creating The Main Image PART 2


    • 8.

      Creating The Main Pattern


    • 9.

      Finished Collection Overview


    • 10.



    • 11.

      Final Words


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About This Class

When​ ​it​ ​comes​ ​to​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​and​ ​art​ ​licensing,​ ​you’re​ ​going​ ​to​ ​want​ ​to​ ​start​ ​creating collections​ ​of​ ​work,​ ​instead​ ​of​ ​just​ ​individual​ ​pieces.​ ​Instead​ ​of​ ​designing​ ​one​ ​Christmas​ ​pattern featuring​ ​a​ ​snowman​ ​and​ ​a​ ​santa,​ ​you’ll​ ​need​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​whole​ ​collection​ ​including​ ​at​ ​least​ ​one​ ​main design​ ​image,​ ​a​ ​few​ ​supporting​ ​patterns,​ ​and​ ​some​ ​simple​ ​extra​ ​patterns​ ​such​ ​as​ ​stripes​ ​or​ ​dots. In​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​you’ll​ ​be​ ​learning​ ​how​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collection​ ​from​ ​start​ ​to​ ​finish. We’ll​ ​start​ ​with​ ​brain​ ​storming​ ​ideas,​ ​finding​ ​inspiration,​ ​sketching​ ​out​ ​ideas,​ ​digitizing​ ​your​ ​work​ ​(I’ll be​ ​using​ ​Adobe​ ​Photoshop),​ ​and​ ​pulling​ ​everything​ ​together​ ​into​ ​a​ ​beautiful​ ​collection!​ ​We’ll​ ​also​ ​be discussing​ ​the​ ​importance​ ​of​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​versus​ ​just​ ​an​ ​individual​ ​design,​ ​ideas​ ​of​ ​how​ ​to use​ ​all​ ​of​ ​the​ ​elements​ ​for​ ​your​ ​collection,​ ​and​ ​much​ ​more.

PLEASE​ ​NOTE: ​I​ ​won’t​ ​be​ ​covering​ ​too​ ​much​ ​about​ ​the​ ​step​ ​by​ ​step​ ​process​ ​of​ ​creating​ ​a​ ​repeat pattern​ ​in​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​so​ ​if​ ​you​ ​don’t​ ​already​ ​know​ ​how​ ​to​ ​create​ ​a​ ​repeat​ ​pattern​ ​in​ ​Photoshop,​ ​I recommend​ ​watching​ ​my​ ​class​ ​about​ ​that​ ​here:​

In​ ​this​ ​class,​ ​it​ ​will​ ​be​ ​assumed​ ​that​ ​you​ ​understand​ ​the​ ​basics​ ​of​ ​working​ ​in​ ​Photoshop.​ ​=)


-How​ ​to​ ​design​ ​a​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collection
-How​ ​to​ ​make​ ​a​ ​collection​ ​cohesive​ ​through​ ​the​ ​use​ ​of​ ​colors​ ​and​ ​similar​ ​elements
-How​ ​to​ ​put​ ​your​ ​collection​ ​onto​ ​mockups

This​ ​class​ ​is​ ​geared​ ​towards​ ​anyone​ ​who​ ​has​ ​an​ ​interest​ ​in​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design,​ ​art​ ​licensing,​ ​or just​ ​wants​ ​to​ ​learn​ ​something​ ​new!​ ​I​ ​hope​ ​that​ ​by​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​this​ ​course​ ​you​ ​will​ ​be​ ​left​ ​feeling determined​ ​and​ ​excited​ ​to​ ​start​ ​creating​ ​your​ ​own​ ​surface​ ​pattern​ ​design​ ​collections!


-Sketching​ ​supplies​ ​(paper,​ ​pen,​ ​pencil)
-Adobe​ ​Photoshop​ ​(You are more than welcome to work in Illustrator for this course instead of PS)
-Some​ ​type​ ​of​ ​digital​ ​drawing​ ​tool​ ​(I​ ​use​ ​a​ ​Wacom​ ​Intuous​ ​Pro​ ​Tablet)


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1. Introduction: Hi, everyone. It's Ellen Cromwell and I'm back with another creative class for you guys in this class. I'm gonna be teaching you all that I have to create a service of having design collection for art licensing. When I first started out our licensing, I realized that I needed to start creating and collections as opposed to what I had been doing, which was just creating individual patterns and illustrations. And once I realized that it changed the whole ballgame, You want to design a collection so that you have a lot to offer manufacturers and clients that are interested in licensing your work in this class? We're gonna be going over my entire process from how to design a service pattern design collection from absolute start to finish. We'll start with talking about how to brainstorm ideas for your collection, how it's you start gathering inspiration and finds inspiration for your collection. We're gonna go over sketching out ideas and you move TIFs and elements for your collection . We're also gonna be going over working digitally in Adobe Photo Shop, which is the program I use. But in this class you're more than welcome to also work in illustrator, if that's your choice program and we're also going to be covering how to create markups when you're done with your collection to show it off and finally will also be going over what exactly a collection is and what she food wouldn't speed up. I'm gonna be talking about the importance of creating collections as opposed to individual designs and just another helpful information to keep in mind when you design your collections. So I have so much to share with you guys, and I can't wait to just jump right and teach you everything. And I'm so excited to have you here in this class. And I hope that by the end of this will be left motivated, excited. Just start creating so many collections for your portfolio. And I think you so much for taking this course and I'll see you in class 2. Materials: all right. So real quick. I'm just going to go over the materials list for this class. So the first thing you're gonna need is some drawing tools I recommend first starting out with a pencil and then using in artist pen to go over your work to clean it all up, I will be using a cop. It multi liner pen sends size 0.3. Then you also need a drawing tablet for the computer. Um, I used into us pro size medium. Um, when I work digitally, um, I I used to have a small, but I just found that a medium gives me a lot more We're space to work with, so I prefer the medium size. Um, Then you also need some paper. Any type of paper will do just something, um, to sketch out your ideas on. And then, um, here I wrote that you need photo shop. That's only because I'm working in photo shop in This is the program that I prefer to work in. But for this class, since it's not really a class about learning how to illustrate a pattern, uhm or how to illustrate in photo shop, that's more my other class. Because of that, you're more than welcome to work in illustrator for this course. Yeah. So, like I said, the materialist isn't that large. You don't need too much. But this is just a photo of the basics you have. You drawing tablet your paper? Um, pen pencil. Um, yeah. So that's pretty much all you need, and I will see you in the next video. 3. Gathering Inspiration: all right. So really quick. I'm going to talk about how do you gather some inspiration before you start designing your surface pattern design collection? Um, what I always do before I start a collection is I usually go to Pinterest because I just love interest. Um, interest, er, Google, or pretty much any search engine that you'd like or even look through magazines anywhere that has some photographs that you can look at for some visual references is I like to gather some visual, um, photos for inspiration for what I'll be working on. So that way I can have a realistic, um, some photos that I can see as references so that what I'm drawing looks really and like, if I'm drawing an animal, things that proportionate or if I'm drawing Santa Claus that he looks like Santa Claus should and, um, just basic simple things like that. So for this project for the class, I'm going to be doing a collection for spring, and I'm going to be doing a watering can with some florals in it. Maybe some butterflies around it. So I'm going to start by searching for a water and can, and already it comes up with some images of watering cans here. So, like, this one is a pretty good reference, so I'm gonna save it. We'll share class here and do create, and it saved so that any time I want to go look at it for reference, I can just go back to that board. I'm a Pinterest account, and I can look at it. And this one is pretty good, too. That one has florals in it. So that's a good reference. Well, I love these colors. And then I also like to save, um, like this one. For example, if I like the colors on something, I'll save it. Um, maybe try and incorporate it into my color palette that I'm gonna be using. Okay, so I got some good visuals here for a watering can. That's cute. The mouth. Um, so now I'm going to go up and going to just search for flower bouquets. I think this one's pretty. So I'm just gonna pin and say that to the same board just so I could go back and have some flour references for when I go to draw the flowers that are going to be in the water in camp. And of course I'm gravitated as you comptel towards super colorful flowers. So I'll be saving those kinds and see Oh, this is pretty all right, so I'll be saving That's ends the type in better fathers as well. In case I do decide that I want to go ahead and add those in this image over here on the right has some really great options for different shapes of butterflies. If that, of course, I'm going to save this colorful butterfly because I love color. Another option you can dio is C do break color palettes. Pinterest has a lot of wonderful options if you search color palettes very much, so I can t like this option Bright color palettes and I already see a lot of colors that I'd love Teoh possibly impair together and maybe change the a pass ity of or change into a our conversion or like a lighter version off like the greens and blues pinks. I'm just gonna go through here to see by. This is pretty. If I find anything that I like, I like to work with a lot of pinks, so you'll see that I'm gravitating toward those a lot. And while I do love this color palette right here, the only reason I'm not going toe pin that is because it's not really the color theme that I want to go for with my design. My designs more so kind of light and airy with garden. A garden feels so greens, pinks, light blues. And this was just a little bit too dark, but perhaps I could use it for something else. So you can always go through and save colors for future reference for future projects. And let's see driver, the quick research happy colored you What comes up here? Although my design isn't gonna be just orange, red and yellow like this imagery here. I love the different variations. So I went ahead and I saved that. And then I would just use that as a visual reference to pull up, um, and make my own orange colors and photo shop yellows and kind of play around in photo shop to see what kind of, um groupings I like for colors 4. The Importance of Designing in Collections: in this video segment, I'm gonna be talking about collections and the importance of creating them and just giving you guys just some helpful tips about designing them. I'm Cem measurements. Just, ah, help you guys figure out how exactly to make collections and what kind of, um, specifications are required on this first fide. I just want to point out that one of the important things about designing collections is that they provide so many more opportunities for you in the art licensing world, as opposed to just creating one illustration or one pattern. This is because when you create collections, you open up so many opportunities for your work to be used in art licensing world. And instead of only offering one pattern to be licensed, you'll have at least one main image or several main images, as well as several supporting patterns in one collection, so you could be looking at about 6 to 12 or so pieces per collection. Um, it's all right for that number to fluctuate and vary, but always make sure to have a good chunk of designs in each collection by having multiple designs in a collection, the more likely it is that you'll be able to find a manufacturer wanting to license you designs because you'll have a lot to work with, and they'll feel like they're getting their money's worth. And also, by having a good size collection, you'll have a much higher chance of licensing your collection and your designs on a variety of different products, since manufacturers will have a lot to choose from. So just as an example of this, you could have a Christmas collection, say, with a Santa Claus, um snowman, reindeer, um, Mrs Cars, for example. And you will have one manufacturer who may want to make gift bags out of it like a set of four gift bags. And then you could have another manufacturer say, Well, I would want it turned into a paper party where Set And the great thing about our licensing and collections is that you are able to license your designs on a variety of different products at the same time, as long as they don't compete together. So, like I said, in my example, you are able to license. Let's call it the North Pole Christmas collection in unjust bags, and then you were also able to go and license it to a non competing manufacturer in SE paper party. Where or um, it's the ornaments, yard signs, garden flags, anything like that. So that's another great thing about collections is by having a lot of designs made. You will have so many more opportunities to get your work out there and onto products on this slide. I'm going to point out that another important thing about designing collections is that you will have happy clients, and that is a wonderful thing. Manufacturers they love to work with artists that create collections because it gives them , um, more to work with more designs to choose from or elements to work with. And it also gives them their fair share of their money's worth, which is very important to them. And as it should be, you want them to feel like they really investing in, um, quality art and quality quality artist, and you just want them to be happy with what they're taking their time to work on. So they're taking their time to work with you to get your designs on a product so you want them to feel confident in you as an artist and when you're designing collections, you want to make sure to keep the buyer in mind as you go along. Or better yet, um, so what I like to do sometimes is I put myself in the buyer shoes. So, for example, would you rather license someone's artwork and work with an artist that creates quality content that you can't find somewhere else and you're in love with it? Or would you rather work with someone who trades artwork? That's just kind of so so you could make yourself. You see it kind everywhere, such as a simple polka dot pattern or strike pattern, or your standard every day, kind of like Snowman. Repeat that you could see anywhere. I guarantee it's gonna be the 1st 1 So, although in licensing, um, one of the things that you definitely want to include in your collection is a polka dot or striped type pattern, you want to make it your own and put your own twist on it. And this is something I've really learned. As I started working in the art licensing industry is I would just make simple polka dot patterns or just bars of stripes of color, and I soon realized that anybody could do that, and I wasn't showing myself off as a talented artist, and I wasn't doing better work that I knew I could be doing. So, for example, I will show you a stripe pattern that I did for a dinosaur collection I was working on. And instead of just leaving it, the stripes is bands of color and calling it a day. I went back in, and I made it interesting by adding in elements and motifs for my collection of happy dinosaurs in for the polka dot powdered. Instead of just using a regular round brush, I used a toucher brush and made the dots varying sizes to make it more interesting. So that is on this slide here. So both of these patterns belonged to the same dinosaur collection, and you can see on the left side is money repeating stripe pattern. And if you could visualize it without the dinosaurs, words, triangles, you could gather that it was truly boring. So and I mean, when I first got into this, I heard the words strike pattern. I was like, OK, I'll make a strike. I didn't let my mind expand enough to be like, Well, maybe I should pull in my motifs from my, um, the rest of my collection and make it interesting and make someone really want to look at it and enjoy it and explore the pattern. So I really recommend doing that. So that's my striped pattern. And on the right side is my polka dot pattern. And, um, just you could make polka dot patterns interesting by adding texture varying the size of the dots, bringing the color, um, in polka dot pattern. You don't even really need it to be dots. So, for example, you could I could have pulled, like so some of the triangles over here on the left and I could scatter them out in a like the polka dots are I could take a leaf element that I drew and scatter it out. So it's kind of you just want something that's also, um, simple and calling to the eye to look at because your collection's gonna be full of busy patterns, busy illustrations, manufacturers. They also want simple supporting patterns. About 1 to 3 is what I usually make, but that's just me. Personally, I don't know the definite number or even if there is a definite number for what you should make of those. But for me personally, that's what I do. I always do at least a polka dot and a stripe, but for some reason, a polka dot pattern just doesn't go with what I'm making, For example, from doing a Christmas pattern. I just really don't want polka dots. I will just do little snowflakes scattered out in a little ditzy pattern. Oh, this next slide. We're gonna be talking about product ideas when it comes to creating a collection. So collections provide a wonderful way for you as an artist to brainstorm product ideas for your artwork. After every collection I finished, I work on creating market products featuring my artwork to help manufacturers visualize products, and it helps to give them just to my ideals for how to use my designs on different products that they may not have thought of. And I personally love this stage of the collection process because you just finished making all this beautiful our work, and you kind of worn out. You're like, OK, just got this made, got this new collection done. You can check that off your to do list. And now I just think it's so much fun that you just get to make products in. It's just I know I I love it. Um, so I mean, when I first heard about making my own mark ups or applying my designs to Mark abs, I kind of got intimidated at first and I said, Well, I can't do that. I'm just like an illustrator. I'm just a pattern designer. I don't know how to do mock ups, but it's actually a lot easier than it sounds and then a lot easier than you would think. So I try and I search on realty free stock image websites for things that I'm looking for, such as lug, um, paper plates, ceramic plate dress. And if I know that I'm gonna be using a certain mock up a lot, Um, and I want to purchase something, um, or, for example, if I'm looking for a certain mock up and I can't find that particular lock up, and I do want to invest in it, and I mean you purchasing them usually aren't that much. I'll, um, I'll go look around on creative market, the website Creative market for mock ups as well. It's a really beautiful ones, and I really suggest looking into them. Um, I recommend looking for stock photos that have the product you're interested in in the color white. So a white mug, white plate, um, white dress, white foot flops. You get the idea, and it just makes it a lot easier, just like the product to then create a clipping mask to make the mock up, in my opinion, But that's just me. You can obviously do it with something that's colored, but that's just my personal preference. And this side, I just want to give you some resource is for finding, um, stock photos, both free and to purchase. So we have creative market with markup world stocks snap on splash and free pick, and there's so many more out there. But these are just once that I know of really well that, um, I can recommend, So I really encourage you to continue and look on Google or, um, anywhere else, if you know any other artists at your good friends was asked them, um, where they get theirs and just kind of experiment. And another option is you can always create your own markups. If you are unable to find a markup for a particular product you have in mind, you can also try and create your own, so I'll sometimes do this with a If I wanted to do a drink it box or I want to do a cookie platter that just has to be an oval shape. I'll just use the, um, circle tool in photo shop, and I'll just make an oval and it'll be a cookie platter. So there's always those options as well. Another importance heart about designing collections is that it shows professionalism on your part. As an artist, um, it shows that you're really know what you're doing is the designer. Manufacturers will know that you know that the art licensing art licensing industry requires collections, and it shows that you know how to create multiple designs based on one collection. And by doing so, it shows that you're professional and also that you're able to create additional artwork if it's asked for, which is a big plus, because a lot of times a company might be interested in your work. But we may want you to make some changes make some tweaks or create entirely new patterns or main images to go along with a collection that you've already created. And by seeing that you already know how to design a collection, they will feel confident and asking you to design new work because they know that you know what you're doing and that you will be able to create more artwork that fits in with that style. Um, it fits in with what they're wanting either through color or used to similar motifs and elements. Um, yeah, so that's just another great part about collections is that it shows that you're in this for the long haul, your professional designer, and you definitely know what you're doing and what's required in the art licensing industry . Lastly, I just wanted to give some important tips about designing collections. So a collection it should consist of at least one main image and at least four supporting patterns. Um, now that would be a small collection, and it's okay to have small collections, but you really want to have good sized big collections. So that was my recommended absolute smallest starting point. I'm you want to try and aim for on average 1 to 4 main images and up to 6 to 12 supporting patterns. Um, if you're interested in potentially getting a collection licensed in fabric, they usually, um, do fabric collections in large numbers about 12 or so patterns. If I'm remembering, Right, um, so just a little tip there. I mean, my collections. They never come out looking all the same with the same amount of illustrations or remain images and patterns. Um, they're always buried based on the amount of motifs I've created. So if I have a lot to work with, if I have, like 10 different flowers, I could make a lot of different patterns with that, um, or if the collection requires a lot of work, if I I know that I just want to make a collection for were gift bags or outdoor garden set and nothing else, I really don't need to expand it. But just keep in mind that you may have a manufacturer down the road come in and say that they love it, but they'd love patterns created for fabric or Haren's created to make, I don't know, maybe recipe cards, so you just have to keep that mind and be open to making supporting and additional work for every collection that you make. So try and create collections containing a good amount of working them. But remember, it's okay if you just design one main image and then five or so supporting patterns and find yourself stumped. I know that certainly happens to me a lot, and it's OK. Um, you can always come back to that collection at a later time. Um, let it sit for a while and come back to it with some fresh eyes and see what you think of it. If there's something else you want to add, Um, or you could just wait and see what clients and manufacturers say and if they're interested , and then you can always go ahead and work on additional work that they ask for. 5. Sketching Out Your Collection: So if you're sketching out your collection motifs elements, ideas just get out of sketchbooks and paper and a pencil at first, um, and just use your, uh, inspirational references, the photos that you found that you were inspired by, um and just use those as references. So for right now, I have. And even though you can't see that I have the watering can images set up in front of me so that I just have the basic idea, um, in shape of what a watering can looks like. So I'm just going to start sketching out and curve the lip of it a bit. And right now, it's just a rough sketch. Um, when I before I see, um, upload my photos that I take of the final sketch to my computer to start working on. I like to outline everything in pen just so I get a kind of a little better idea of the definite shape of what I'm gonna be working with ends. Um, just outline had a bit more so that I have more of a definitive lying to go off of and keep in mind these convey be really rough sketches. They don't have to be perfect. Um, like, right now, the little end here that I'm doing, it's going off the edge, and that's that's fine. It on the computer. Obviously you can fix it, so don't worry about minor things like that. This is just a give you a broad overview of what your final designs gonna look like. And right now, I'm sketching out. This is gonna be the main image in my, um, collection. I and I think I'm gonna aim to do a garden flag. So I'm gonna do a spring themed garden flag. I'm gonna have a nice little bouquet of florals coming out of this. And when you do a collection, you wanna have a least one main image, one main image and at least one main, um, pattern. So this is gonna be my main image, and I might end up doing a second main image of not sure so we'll see. Health. It goes along as the class is coming. Um, so yes. So right now I'm just gonna sketch this out and we'll see how this comes along. And as I'm going here, you can see the florals on making. They're obviously very rough sketches. Um, but what I am going to do is I think I'm going to make my mean pattern out of the florals. So this is a fun thing about making collections is pretty much anything you draw. Like, for example, in this main image, I can just kind of grab out on the computer, and I can make it into patterns so I can make pretty much an endless amount of patterns with the amount of florals I'm gonna be drawing here. And I can make a watering can pat pattern. I can if I'm gonna add butterflies like I talked about in one of my previous videos. I cannot butterflies. Um, there's so many different options. So it's really fun. When I start designing collections, I pretty much I have a basic understanding idea of what I want the main image to look like , what I want my patterns to look like. And sometimes, though, as I'm going along, how see like, Oh, hey, like, for example, in the flowers, I'm probably going to do a polka dot pattern. I could pull out that polka dot pattern, and I could just make that into a supporting pattern by itself. So like I said, this is a really fun part about making collections. Is that the possibilities are pretty much endless. And it's a whole bunch of fall. So I'm just gonna finish up my four ALS here, and she had one more down here. Just, uh, have some more Worrell's down at the bottom, kind of Milwaukee shaped fired. That's okay. And let's see. Gonna get them some stems. So they're not floating flowers and see Do let's do some vines here. So right now, I'm just going in and just adding some extra elements to fill out my design because I think if I left it just as it was with the florals, it probably just get a bit to bear. And, um, when you're designing collections, you wanna have a lot to look at. You don't want it to be overly busy, but you want it to be just the right amount so that there's a lot to look at, and there's a lot for the manufacturer to work with. Okay, so right now I'm gonna just get my pen outs and I'm going to go in, and I like to just trace over. Um my lines cause I like to just have a clear line. Um, and maybe you're different than me. Maybe you're able to do extremely neat pencil marks, but I, for one, am not able to do that. So I just like to go back over with my pen to just clean up my design a bit and make it look a little nicer. And it's OK if you're pen Mark doesn't match up perfectly with a pencil because you can see that mine arts by any means. Um and that's okay, So just gonna go back over here ends I find a little bit. And I'm just added some extra details that I didn't do in my pencil drawing. And I think what I want to do is I want to add some more life to this watering can, so I'm just gonna go through, ends out some florals just to make it a little more interesting. So it's not just a plane color. And right now I'm just going off the top of my head for the's random little floral doodles . And sometimes it's the best thing you can do with your collections is instead of looking at , um reference photos for every, um, thing you draw. It's kind of fun to just go through and he's gonna make up your own thing. And just like, imaginative florals, florals that you don't know if the real or not, but like this role flower, if Swirled Flower could exist somewhere in the world that I don't know about, but I'm gonna make it anyway. So it's fun. So can make up whatever you want. I mean and remember, it's your work of art so you can have it. Look, however you want it to look do kind of like Cloud Flower there. It'll look more like a fire, and we get it on the computer. That's the joys of rough. Sketching is everything. It doesn't always look how you envision it to you, and that's fine. That's the fun part of being an artist in creating, So it's all part of the process. See, we're gonna add some leaves here, and as you're doing this, feel free to play around with, um, lying with. So if you want to make some stronger lines with your pen or pencil, whichever tool your using feel free to do that, I sometimes do that, um, for this particular project, I'm choosing not to. And I'm just doing a simple line illustration for the sake of the video. But you're more than welcome to take the time and, um, sketch out and draw out if you want certain lines to be thicker. So you have that as a reference when you go to create digitally on the computer. All right, so almost done with these extra florals down here, See, and do extra little thing down here, you hear? All right, I'm just gonna go in and add some polka dots here. If you guys have ever see my work or you follow me on instagram, you will know that I love adding polka dots to my designs. Um, I don't know why I just love it. It just makes him more fun to me. So I love making them and adding them in. So you'll see a lot of, um, polka dots and what I create. Okay, So see, just gonna color this Ann appear now. I'm just gonna go in, and I'm going to go back over my bouquet of flowers up here. I'm just gonna go over ends. Outline the Israel quick and at this stage because I want the florals to be really decorative. I'm gonna be more specific here. So I'm gonna add in a lot more details after I outline the basics of one of Drew. I'm going to go in. Just add some decorative vines, um, jaw out any, um, like patterns. If I wanna have within the pedals, just make everything look really cute and happy was just my style of John. So just gonna like, for example, this one just put some dots in there for some texture. It's e. I want to do some little dots here on the edge of the pedal here, and let's do some lines here, so All right. I'm just gonna go in dark in this here. Just a show. Where are you? I wanted to be darker, So when I get on the computer, I'll remember that I had this passing thought that Oh, let's make sure we make these leaves. I mean, pedals look separate here. So that's why I go in. And I added dark or sometimes just a show where I want things to pop. Okay, so you guys get the basic idea of sketching everything out. So I'm just going to set this to time lapse as I finish the rest of the flowers so that you can see my process and how I go in and at all my decorative elements. And then when that's all said and done will be all set to start working on the computer. Oh, e just want to show you guys what I do sometimes is this was the original illustration that I was working on. Um, and I felt like it was just kidding too crowded up towards the top and, um, going off the edge a little bit. And, um, the florals were a little bit closer than I wanted Weren't laid out the way I wanted. So I just went back real quick and just did another cleaner sketch. Now that I had the idea originally drawn out over here went back and I lengthened the watering. Can I spread out the flowers a little bit? Um, yes. So it's perfectly fine to do that, to go back and do as many re sketches as you need to. I certainly do it. And another thing that I'm gonna be doing for this is E m envisioning, since it's gonna be a garden flag that I want to have some type of blundering on the flags . So let's see. I'm gonna just play around with some letters here. I like to do things, um, in a on a whimsical look. So when I let her things, it's a lot of curly cues and all sorts of stuff, So I don't know exactly what I wanted to say, whether it's gonna be like Welcome spring, welcome friends. Or maybe just welcomed by itself from not sure. So I'm just gonna play around just with some ideas and feel free to do that in your schedule because well, is just play around with some different lettering options. If you do want, add some hand lettering into your design so soon we do. Another thing to remember is, if you are designing something that's going to be viewed at a distance such as garden flags is, you need the words to be visible from a distance away, so you want to make sure that one you're hand lettering or the font that you'll be using is eligible, and you also want to make sure that it's large enough that it could be read to. So as much as I love doing, um, like curly cues in my writing, I do have Teoh make sure that you can read it as well. She's gonna play around here so you'll see. What I do is I stop and start as I'm going along because I I don't like, has something's coming out. Um, I'll just stop, you know, go on to something else. So So, yes. So I encourage you to just play around with different types of hand lettering whether you want it all caps. Um, whether you want it. Curse of modern calligraphy, Whimsical, playful. Um, play around with it and we'll see what you come up with. 6. Creating The Main Image PART 1: this segment, I'm going to be showing you how I illustrate my main image. My main illustration for my collection. Um, e either start off my collection one of two ways. Um, the first way, which is the way um we're gonna be doing today is I already have a main image in mind. So right now, I am planning to do this as a garden flag design. So I have my as you can see, my sketch here scanned in two. The computer. I just took a picture of it with my phone. Um, I email it to myself and then I saved and I pull it up in voter shop. I'm just for reference so I can paint digitally over it and then just use it as my guide. So you have the first way that I designed a collection is I'll do. I'll start off with my main image where I will make a garden flag first or a gift bag first , something like that. But another way I do it is if I don't really have a main image in mind. But I have all these motifs and elements sketched out, drawn out, and I know what patterns I want to make. I will make a main repeat pattern first, So I will draw all my elements. Um, just by themselves, in their own documents. So if I was going to do that method, for example, I draw this flower right here, and then I move on to this flower. Maybe I do the watering can, and they would all be their own separate elements in their own layers so that I could take them and make them into a pattern, but then also put them together to make them into a main image. So there's kind of two different ways to do it. It doesn't really matter which way you do yours. It's just all personal preference, whatever you're feeling for that particular collection. So with this? Well, like I said, I have my main image in mind. And I also sketched in my little hand lettering and did here for welcome that I'm going to put probably on the bottom here for the garden flag. Yes, yes. So I just scan everything in, um, it's real easy. You can just do it by your phone. You can use a scanning machine, whichever you'd like. to use, So yeah, and then you also see at the top here. I re picked some colors so you can see my swash, um, section over here on the right. I use a lot of, um, pinks, Reds bruise. Right. Happy color. So I I kind of don't really stray from that unless I'm doing a specialty project. Um, so I kind of just go over here on the right here, and I pick out from my favorite colors that I always love to work with. So So yeah. So, um, that's that. So right now I'm just gonna hide the words. I don't really need them going. Teoh large this as much as I can without going too close to the edge. No. Raised here. And although this video, this class isn't really about teaching how to illustrate per se, I'm just going to show you just you and see my entire process from start to finish. Um, just so you know, the steps that I go through, um, instead of just telling you because I know I'm a visual learner, and I'm sure everyone else is as raw artists. So it's nicer toe. See things drawn out So I just like Teoh Reese. Uh, paper here. Like the parts that don't have any of my drawings on it. Just, uh, no kind of writing up my workspace here so I can see what I'm doing. Um, And then I go over and I lower the capacity on right down here by the layers because I don't need it vibrant. And if I just left it at 100% to me, the drawing is so dark that it just gets distracting from in trying to do with drawing. So I just lower it. So OK, to have that set up and just go and just save it right now, call it garden. Always make sure to say that as you're going along, I've had that happen one too many times where I guess so. Excited to draw something and make a design that I figured to save it cause I'm just so like, pumped up to create. And then something happens if my battery dies or hit a button and then it's gone, so always save your work. That's my number one tip. Okay, so, see, since it's a garden flag, I'm going to make a new layer here. I use my favorite pink appear that I always use. You know, I'd the colors real quick and on my garden flags I always do kind of the top and bottom border. You'll see that on garden flags a lot. That they just have is really nice borders to kind of hold in image. Mm, This part's counted just visualizing stage. So let's see, I'm tryingto what I'm picturing right now is if I want words in the border or if I want, then it's not in the border. Um, A probably do not in the border. Probably do it at the top here. So I'm just going to me this smaller rid of this one at the bottom so that they're the same size being back down. Bring it. It would be something something like and the border. Um, what they do if you Worrell's because since it's gonna be a garden flag, I just wanted to have a really, um Springfield. But I also I don't want the order to be too busy, So let's start out here with oh dio you into a mix of lighter, how they're polka dots and darker. Oh, I'm all right with ease. Just being regular circles. I don't really need texture for these. So everything's capacities. 100 flows of hundreds. I'm good. Just you're And in case you didn't see it, I think I forgot to mention it. I did make a clipping mask down here over the top border. So the way you do that is I understand You're really quick is you make a new layer. So right here. And make sure it's above the objects that you want to make a clipping mask over. So my bar. So you go away there. I'm on that layer, and then my polka dots right above it. And I right click the polka dot layer and just click create clipping mask is how you do that. So just gonna go through here, make themes polka dots, and I think I want to do dark. But just some were darker ones. Little smaller. Oh, I told you guys earlier. I love working with polka dots. I don't know why they just make me really happy for something, right. So So, yeah, so that'll be a border. Maybe. Actually, I'll make those light pink walls white. That would be black. anger here. No, of the add more vibrancy. Oh, schooling back real quick, making these white. And I'm just and just group them together, that one down the air use Bring this in here and I'm just gonna flip it vertically. So it's the same. Yeah, it it's good. So it's the same top and bottom. Now I'm going to Syrian at into a group orders my sketches together. Now I'm going to bring my colors back. Going to make my background here, have a new layer. Were there just gonna hide these real quick? Um, just so I can focus on my sky that I'm going to do and then do some grass over. I like to use Kyle Webster brushes. Um, I absolutely love his brushes. I own the mega pack, which I really recommend. Um, there's so many great options in there. It's amazing. So I'm just going to go in here, use one of my texture tools, Teoh. I kind of see around the edges here. It's some darker blues coming in, and sometimes it takes a little longer. So lag just a little bit because I'm working at a higher um resolution and I have the brush set at, I think the highest. You're almost the highest. So keep in mind when you do work at a high resolution when you digitally creating, um, that you might get your school slower computer. But it's it's never messed me up too much that I couldn't keep grating. So, um, I either work the minimum that you want to work in is 300 d p I. For your resolution. Sometimes if I thank you that maybe this collection could maybe be used for something larger than what I have my documents, eyes, eyes. So, for example, right now, this size is at, um what's that? It is at 13 by 19 which is what I usually do. My garden flags out. Um, I will set my resolution at about 400 or 500. I believe what I have right now is 500. So that if I do need to, um, enlarge it a bit that my design won't get pixelated or fuzzy or blurry sense when you work in a photo shop, it's not a vector. So you do want to keep that in mind. That's a big difference with working in Photoshopped versus illustrator. All right, so it's gonna make here. You were. This is, uh, a lot brighter green and what I want. So So that's how I want it lead out. Oh, he's gonna make a quick clipping mask over that and my sketch Just gonna kind of adjust others here, So I'm gonna change the opacity. I made a bit darker green. I'm just gonna go over it. So it's not so yellowy green because it's not really what I want to go for. Um, yeah. One of things I love about digitally painting is just getting to do all sorts of blending with the digital brushes. I have so much fun with it. Um, as you can tell and I love the different texture brushes. So I have a lot of fun. I'm doing this. It doesn't feel like work. And it's gonna go back at my rain texture brush here and make a little bit darker green. But the Carole zoom in here so you can see around here just doing if you look at the edges of the grass that through the textures coming in a bit lighter down here. All right, so save it and skies good and would have words there in a good strong. So now I like to just group things by layers of them going along just toe kind of keep it clean. So I don't get confused. Because once you get going and working and photo shop and you start getting so many layers , it can just it could become a headache. So I recommend grouping them and also labeling them. So it's not like you're one toe layer 100 or something like that. Okay, so what color? I want to make this my borders air, pink and watering can maybe. Yeah, maybe I could do with lighter hanker purple, um, write sketches out here and we're gonna try a few different colors. So, yes, sometimes when I'm drawing, I don't know. We're colors physically. I might make something. Sometimes I do. Sometimes I don't. But it's a no, no, no. Yeah. And when I go back in a draw over my may image here Photoshopped, it doesn't always come out perfect. And that's okay. Um, one of the things I love about photo shop and why I like working with it is I like the hand run. Look where It's not a perfect shape, and lines are a little wonky. Things don't aren't perfectly equal. That's that's my personal preference. So, um, that's why you may see, like, some of my lines stray from my sketcher, they don't look perfectly straight. I just like that style of the hand drawn, quirky style, sir, Just rush here. So now that I have my watering can all, um, sketched out and colored in I am going Teoh, um, over here and it's going to group it together that I usually and I'm just gonna bring my sketch. Oh, the watering king And what were the past even more since it's on a dark background on that purple. That really kind of see it, but still see it enough that I can so see where I want all my flowers to go. So make a new layer and I'm going to go down and I'm just gonna draw in flowers. So I'm just gonna paint the flowers. Your hands? Yeah. So I will said it to time lapse again because it's just easier. My paintbrush on the computer going over, tracing them, adding details. So you guys know how to do that? stuff. So And like I said, it's this class isn't really detailed of my painting technique. Um, that's more so. My other class, my pattern illustration class. So yeah. So this is I'm just gonna set this to time lapse right now, so I will see you after. Oh. 7. Creating The Main Image PART 2: All right, so now that I have my watering can completely finished just going here and show you real quick just kind of put florals over it. I did a little bit of texture that's done. So the watering can portion of this is finished. And where I have left is the floral bouquet. Um, So what I'm gonna do is I'm just gonna show you guys, um I mean, illustrate this flower right here. And the rest of it is pretty much just the same process. It'll just be using the paint brush tool illustrating in my own style. Then cute little marks, like patterns like polka dots, stripes, anything like that. Making it you in my whimsical style. So, yeah, I'm just going to show you I'm having illustrate this flower and then just like the other stuff, I'll just do I'm lap so that, um you don't have to sit through an hour long person or two of me. It was during flowers instead will condense it for you guys, So yes. So I think I'm gonna make this flower right here a yellow color. I wanted the same yellow as what was on money watering cans. write this up here later here. A lot of times what I'll do just to save time into keep things looking similar is all just happy. Each petal happy and dragon and rotated a little time saving trick for you guys here. I know. And so the mark I was out as faras I would you like, So just go back through and pull them out a little bit. That's pretty much how I wanted go over here to the layers, select the mall, and I'm just going to group them and a short cut for grouping or what really grouping. But, um, merging all the layers together is I'm on windows. It's control E what I use center that will probably make whites make her size bigger. Uh, ex circle there. Sometimes I just minimize this so I could just see what my sketch looks like again. Oh, circle the center. It's just gonna be some polka dots. Surprise. Surprise. There. So just gonna go up here? Little polka dot tool. Just all around. Yes. Random does. Used to make for some fun, little texture here. So, mouth, what I want to do is I want this smaller. I think that's how I originally had it in my skin. I want that smaller You do now is yeah. Try and separate here these pedals. So they don't just looked like they're one big in duration of pedal. So just get a brush. I'm gonna take a clipping mask over the entire layer of these yellow petals here. Darker yellow on. Just do that, mats. You can see it just writes it up. So it's not a big cluster. Yeah, happy with that. And thank you. Right again. Or these circles on outside. And these I want more. So have a hand drawn. Look, he's gonna do these myself. Because of that, there won't be a perfect circle that that's okay. And as I'm going along here noticing, noticing that I don't really think the whites circles here the end. Stand out that grade against this yellow. So after you do this last bit here, I'm just gonna go through, use the eyedropper tool to select yellow. I'm going to move it down here a little bit to get a darker yellow, and I'm just gonna go go behind these just even a little definition. They could stand out so Yeah, So if I zoom out, you can see right here were my mouse is You can see that it's easier, Teoh. See? And you have to remember, since for me and this would be designed for a garden flag, it will be viewed at a distance. So even though those dots are small and they probably won't stand out among a lot of things here that I'm illustrating, that little touch would just still help to make it pop. Do you want to keep that in mind when you're doing your collections? Is remember what you're designing for if you have a product in mind and where it's gonna be viewed at, so if it's a garden flag, if be a paper party where? Set gift bag shower curtain. Um, just think of the size that your work could possibly. Would they be shrunk down to or enlarge to Yeah, I and design based on that so that everything is able to be read and everything's able to be seen have been stand now. I just want to dio fines here a little more orange thicker than I want more to orange go a little bit. Yeah, well, he's gonna go through here. That's lines. You're out in the sea. It looks. And I think the center part of the flower. I think it kind of gets lost because it's a little too busy around here. So going to go behind the flour and just no, Like what I did with the polka dots. I'm just going to do Mark. Well, I just outlined End up there. That pops a lot better when you're looking at it from distance. Oh, that's our is done. And I might add, Actually, it's, um, texture to it. So I'm just gonna they are go in, use the eyedropper tool to select the color, make it a little bit darker. Yellow, my texture brush here and just me, though you can't really tell. I'm making the center of it a little bit more yellow, and then I'm going to make it a little bit lighter going out. And although it's not really able to be extremely noticed, it just adds a different touch. Makes it a bit more interesting. Were to look at so but more lighter. There's a little bit more yellow back in towards that. Those end pieces don't get lost against this light blue background. All right, so when a zoom out, you're so if you look at the flower right now, it has texture on it, and then that is taking away the texture. So while you can't really tell as I'm doing it, that I'm adding texture if you go back and you click the little I icon next to the layer to hide it, the big difference. So that is without texture on the yellow floral and that's way. So I mean, it's not a huge, huge difference, but I think it just makes it more interesting. There's more, um, after two more life to it. So that is just what I'm gonna be doing to all the flowers in this main image here. So it's going to take me a bit, so I'm going to go work on those, and then people start working on any other elements that I'm gonna add. And the lettering Oh, - alright , guys. So I just finished illustrating the entire, um, main design that I'm gonna have is my garden flag. So I decided to go against any other little elements of butterflies or birds or flowers down at the bottom Here's and I just went with grass because I felt like there was already enough going on up here in the floral bouquet that if I added a little critter down here or anymore, Clowers, I think it would just get too overwhelming and too busy. Um and you don't want that to happen in your collections. You don't want to design to be so busy that it hurts rise to look at her that it's overwhelming to look at. You want it to be just the right amount of, um, enough elements and motifs Just gonna zoom in here and I don't know what color I want to do it yet. So I'm just gonna use black. I'm gonna go in going to select my lettering brush and make the line a little bit thicker because come out again. Senses is gonna be a garden flag. You need to keep in mind that it has to be viewed from a reasonable distance away. Say, if a car is driving by or something. So use a thicker line. You along here, he's going to trace over the lettering that I scanned in that I wrote out e think I want these it out a tad more. Just move my schedule over it as I'm going here, your judge or they have passed you a little bit because it's getting confusing for me to see here. Okay. You know? Okay, I don't really like how the sea looks, so I'm just gonna, you know, a little bit isn't going here, moving it down so that the word is a bit more spaced out. Non garden flags. Um, when you're doing a sentiment you want to remember, the same thing goes with the sizing of your words in your hand lettering is that it has to be readable from a distance. So, um, you want to kind of avoid long, um, words and sentiments because it will be too hard to read. And, um, what I've found is that manufacturers just like, over words like, welcome or welcome spring welcome, friends. Or, if you're doing holiday, um, garden flag Happy Halloween trick or treat Merry Christmas or sometimes with garden flags. I know I've done this before. I just leave it without words, so sometimes they don't need words. Sometimes they do. Some times, if you want, you can do E two different versions, one with words. One without, um, just to give the manufacturer some options. And another tip for garden flags specifically is You don't want the background to be white . They manufacturers don't like, um, white backgrounds, because garden flags you want to be very vibrant, bold and colorful. You want it to be attention grabbing and very cheerful. Um, so that's a good tip to remember. And I always designed my garden flags at 13 inches by 19 because it's about the standard size for garden flags. Um, all right, so I got my words here. Word I should say he's going to save this. And you just going to do a clipping mask over it so I can play around with some colors for the words where that's kind of a dark, um, purple here So you don't want it light. Obviously, that's black. Moving into purple, See? I mean, it's like my like the blue here. Yeah, so I think I like this blue, so keep that. Yeah, Let's x out of this. You rubes got rid of my boob. Let's go back to my blue. There we go a bit. And yeah, so I think I'm pretty much happy with how that looks. So this is my garden flag. So next step is to design supporting patterns. And for that, what I do is I will pull out elements from my main image, and I will show you how to do that in the next video segment. 8. Creating The Main Pattern: Now we're gonna move on to designing your first patterns of your mean pattern to go along with your collection and when you want them all to have something going on and you want them all to be interesting But, um, you want want her to really like strong patterns full to the brim of beautiful designs? So, um, I went ahead and I set up my document. I have it at 4000 by 4000 pixels, and I have it at 300 DP. Aye, for the resolution. So and I always like to work in a square when I'm doing my patterns. So I'm gonna bring this all over your shrink It the pattern. I'm not quite sure what I want to do yet. I know I wanted to be watering can and some flowers lying around on a probably Maybe I'll do it. OK, let's see so down, uh, dragging out so I could make another and I'm gonna pull out some elements from it. Oh, I think I'm gonna do is grab these flowers out of the group there or, ah, redid that were left with the flowers, Younes and see one another. Okay, maybe Ah, ladies out in a bouquet style like that that I'm just gonna being here to just do some quick Fine's not vines stems. So they're all together. That's all together just to make a quick little bo. OK, And I'm just going to do some quick texture over that. Well here. A little bit of texture for it. So how much? Okay, made Zoom in here and group of those together at I'm gonna pull out some more individual flowers, like of those you make a copy, All right? To have extra flowers. Just gonna separate them so that if I do decide who used the's by themselves, I'll be able to put him around in this pattern here, So okay of my elements, Probably bring some fines over. So I'm just gonna go back here. My vines. One inviting to first. Fine. Divine didn't pick up with us. I'm just going to go over and bring that. Okay, so I'm just gonna hide all this stuff right now. All right. So left with these two. So I'm going to start arranging my pattern right now. We're gonna have okay, earned a bed. Bring my flowers back up here. just kind of around wherever it seems like they might fit in nicely this point. Um, just kind of playing around with how things fit together, Um, a real science to it. It's just fitting things together nicely. That goes together pretty well. Our back over visible red flower, I think Bring my vines in and at And that guy there as I go along and make sure you kind of just adjust the sizing things So they're not all really the same size, so they're more interesting. You wanna have different? You want to have your motifs be different sizes in your collections just to keep things fresh, new, exciting, interesting to look at of that laid out your shrink it down a bit. I'm just gonna move everything a little bit closer. Other So the patterns a bit more. I'm compact because I want this one to be very close together. Um, as you go along, your are there patterns that you make, they can be on a more spread out. Um, and the term that's also used his ditzy so it can. It doesn't have to be all smashed together. Perfectly fit. It can just be kind of jumbled all over. But right now I'm well, he's all to be close being them back in that was there. Good. Down a little more time. I have the entire thing selected, and I'm just in to drag it here office and then make sure you copy the whole thing. And I'm just making new our friend here just so I can paste it. Hey, stood. And this right now, I'm just leaving this here because as I go back over here to make my pattern, I'm merging all these layers so they become once I wouldn't be able to separate them. I'm going to go up. This is how I make my patterns and photo shop. I'm going up to filter other and then offset, and I want the horizontal in the vertical section. Be exactly half of my document size, which would be 2000 because my document sizes fourth house there. It's completely offset. Um, and I'm gonna go back over here. I could drop my designing in place this year and drag this down. Said there, So that is a good start to my pattern, but I want to go in and fill in these blank spots here. So what I'm probably gonna do is just I think I'm gonna bring this pink flower and make him a little bigger because it's you flower. And it's small everywhere else in my design. So I want to just give him a little spotlight, so move it bigger there. We'll put him down here, too. And also but here and I think what I'm gonna do to is take more these vines and come down a bit and just also use those to fill in white space. Um, I think those would look nice. So having them around right now filling in any blank spots. So on these main patterns, you want to make sure you fill in these spots nicely so that you have its least one main repeat pattern. That's very, very interesting. A lot to look at a lot going on. And you also want who maybe do another one, and then you can start to have patterns that are more kind of spread out in not so much happening in them. Just going to continue here, Teoh. No, fill it in around here because I'm going. You can see that I keep kind of moving the vines or moving whatever element on for that moment to get interesting so that everything is always changing. And nothing's in the same position everywhere you look. And as you go along, you want to make sure that nothing is overlapping the edge as you're designing. When you offset things, obviously things were going to go to the edge. But when you're designing before that, you don't anything to go to the edge because it will get cut off and your pattern won't repeat seamlessly. And I go over that more so in my class on how to make a repeat pattern in voters. It's gonna group merge this again filter there. All right. You guys know my love for polka dots to I'm going to just do do little polka dots here and there. Okay, so I have my pattern all set here. Just say that you will see what it looks like. All right, let's see what it looks like. All right, So this is my pattern. Go in here so you could see, as you can see it repeat seamlessly. So what I'm doing is I'm just engine the scale, making it super big bringing it down so it will feel any space as it repeats seamlessly. Right, So that is one main image down and one pattern down, and I'm gonna go ahead and I'm gonna create some supporting patterns. I'm not gonna record the time lapse of those because they would just take too long to show all the pattern design process. But you guys saw this pattern design process, and basically, just the trick is what you want to do when you're designing your patterns. To go with your collections is you want to pull motifs from your main image, or yet from your main image of me, an illustration you mean design and you want to make it into patterns. So what I'm probably gonna do is I'm gonna How not to break up these flowers even bore into their own patterns by themselves. Get rid of the watering can. Maybe I'll used the vines and make those into kind of of stripe. I might take my border, the pink order with the polka dots from the garden flag and make that into a polka dot pattern by itself. So, yes, so just go in and pull elements from your collection and make those into patterns. See how many you can make. Try to make. Let's see about at least six, at least six pattern 6 to 12 and then will go from there. 9. Finished Collection Overview: Alright, guys. So I hope you had a lot of fun. Um, working on your own collections, making your patterns, designing your images. Um, I know I should have a lot of fun making this one, so I'm excited to share it with you guys. So this is my finished collection that you guys saw me making, um, decide to call it Spring Garden. And I just have on the left here, I want to show you just everything all together. So I did a total of two main images as well as eight supporting pattern. So I'm just gonna go through, show you guys them more in detail, more close up. Just talk a little about each of them. So this 1st 1 You guys have already heard me talk a lot about this one. This is when he saw me create. This is my main image. It was the 1st 1 that I drew. And I'm intending for this to be a garden flag, which is why I have it set up with the borders at the top. Um, but I think it could also do well, as a greeting card. I could get the florals out by themselves take them away from the watering can and kind of arranged them to be a few different greeting cards. So I think that could work well, too. So, yeah, this was pretty much self explanatory. You heard me talk a lot about this one. So this horizontal image I decided to make to go along with the vertical because usually if you're designing a garden flag, you also designed a matching doormat to go with it. So this is what I envisioned the doormat looking like, um, and I had more space on the left hand side here, the watering can. So I decided to put welcome friends instead of just welcome. Yeah. This here is my first repeating pattern that I did. So this is I just took uttering cans, and I took some laurels. The pink, yellow and blue ones made them different colors, and it just made it repeat, this is one of my meaning, repeating patterns. And this is another repeating pattern. I did. This is the one you guys saw me make. So you guys already know about this one? This is my other main pattern. And now I'm getting more so into simple patterns. They're still interesting, but they're not as busy is thes Oh, in a collection. You want to balance things out with dizziness? Um, not too busy, but full of life patterns and then more simple patterns that are easier on the eye to break it up of it. So this is starting to get into that. And then I just added some dimension to it by being some vines in the background with an opacity and this one I had fun with, um I just laid the flowers all over each other, and I made a pattern out of it. So all these that you're seeing all these patterns repeat seamlessly. This one was just ah, more simple pattern to make it more easy on the eyes, more playful with the lines of the background. And I tried, If you concede e except for this one, I tried to incorporate polka dots for the most part in these new designing your collection , you want to make sure to carry over little design it bits that make the collection look like it goes together. So that could be color. That can be use of some additional background elements like I'm doing with the polka dots in the squiggly lines and also listens office of the use of the same in similar motifs and elements. And this one. I just took out the yellow flower by itself and really played on the size of the polka dots and made him larger. Drink it fun, little pattern when I think I might expand, do a few different color ways, so we'll see how that goes. Then I decided to use the vines as my stripe, so this repeat seamlessly. It looks like a stripe. So instead of just having rectangular bars up and down of color, I decided to be playful and incorporate these as my vice. It was my stripes. Sorry, Then this one is my polka dot pattern. So I originally didn't have the flowers in this, and I I know. I mentioned I was just going to do the flag border as my polka dot pattern, but I decided that it was a bit too plain by itself. So I just went in and I added these yellow hand drawn florals Richard, taken from the watering can on my original illustrations, and then this is the entire collection again So, as you can see, just by looking at it, you can tell that the entire collection goes together and it fits nicely because I use similar colors and everything. Now, that doesn't mean that every pattern has to use every single color. Some, like the bottom left, just has blue and yellow. Some just have pink, white and yellow. They don't have to have all the colors that you used in every single pattern, but it should be pulling from that main pattern. You use same or very, very similar variations of that color so that it all goes together just spreading out your motifs and elements and making each pattern something interesting and exciting toe look at . 10. Mockups: so the final step in the process of creating a collection is to also put together some mock ups to go with your collection and to show off your work so that manufacturers can get an idea of what your designs would look like on products to help them. Maybe think of other ways that your designs could be used on products that they maybe haven't thought of. It could be used for a whole bunch of things, and it just also goes to show that your professional and you know what you're doing. So I have a folder of mock ups that I used frequently, but I also went through, and I just drew some mock ups like this Rain boots, for If I don't have a mock up or if I can't find one, that's I'm fitting the idea of what I want. I will just draw it, and that's okay to do to Justus, long as it looks realistic. So it's always a good idea to look at a reference photo. Are you doing that? So like I have this garden glove in a made sure to look at a reference photos so looked like a card and glove. Yes, I went through Andrew. Some of these drew a little flower pot, and this is a pillow markup that I have. So what I'm going to do is first up, this is my garden flag markup and e. I think it was the first. They whose importance of collections the that slide is where you can find the resource is that I listed for mock ups. There's creative market. Um, it was a tongue of different royalty free stock photo websites. I think some artist groups on Facebook. They share mock ups a share where they get them so you can get them from that. There's a whole bunch of different ways to find lockups. So let's see, Right now I'm going, Teoh, go in and find my main image to put on my garden flag. Just gonna resize this here to fit it doesn't fit it perfectly, but that's all right. It just gives the basic idea of where I'm going with this. They're so it shows up, and that would be my markup for the garden flag. So this one's all set and now wrote my rain boot mark up and let's see. I'm just gonna go in here my patterns and create a clipping mask over the rain boots so I e which ones look good. And I'm just gonna just the scale swell. Yeah, let's see which pattern looks good on it. So I think I actually like this pattern out, so we're going to stick with that. You can't going Teoh. I see. Change the color of the bottom of the boot so that it kind of go goes better with this pattern. I'm going to make that a little darker and just gonna go up here. Just gonna do little line here. Yeah, edit that a little bit. Great. So I'm gonna have that is my rain boots, and I'm going Teoh. Let's see, I always like to go in to layer style and do a drop shadow sometimes on my mock ups, just to make them look a little bit more realistic to make it pop out a bit more. So that's too much. You end. All right. So I think that was good in boots. Make another one. Yeah. So I'm just gonna have a set it to their so that manufacturers can see the two being boots together making a little suits, etc. Group them together first so that when I shrink them down, the patterns in the boots don't also shrink. All right, How that stable. Shrink it down a little bit. Then. I have memory boots that move on to my gloves. Same thing. I'm just going to go in, uh, turn, and I'm gonna make a clipping mask of it so I can visualize it all. Our I also think that I like this for the gloves too, but pretty to see 30. Should I probably have this pattern for the crops? I think that looks pretty. And then for the cuff here, just gonna grab one of the pinks. No, I don't like how that looks darker blue, maybe. Go. Hello. This is the fun part about Mark ups to is who are essentially creating a product. So it's a lot of going back and forth between colors. Just see what looks good. What doesn't look good. So that's the fun part about it. Just gonna go in here, just do a few little lines to make it or just gonna ab Ricky the idea of the cuff a little bit more. That's gonna be my glove when to make the drop shadow for that as well. Keep in mind when you're making your collections that you want to make products that go together. For example, right now I'm making things that have a garden theme. So I have my garden flag. I have rain boots that you could wear out into the garden. I have thes working garden gloves, and then I'm going to be doing this tote bag that could be used to put garden supplies and it little shovel, um, seeds, things like that flowerpot. And then I'm doing some pillows that could be used on patio furniture, so they all have an outdoor theme to them. And so make sure when you're doing your collections, you don't want to design the same mock ups for every collection. So, for example, you don't want a pillow for every single collection you don't want to do. Paper Party were set for every single collection, unless that's your intention. But manufacturers in clients they like to see variety and you work. They like to feel like they're looking at new fresh things, not the same thing over and over again. Just different designs on the same products. So you always want to give them something exciting and make them want to turn Pedro, go to the next slide show of your portfolio to see what other exciting things you have coming up. Next case, those air done and me tote bag here, um, maybe do this one. I just They have to make this a lot smaller. That looks cute worth this for the straps, maybe. Well, I need this darker read. No, um, actually, purple might look good with this. Yeah, okay. So that together and especially you really want to make a drop shadow if the item that you're working with such as this one has a lot of white in it so that it doesn't get lost in the background. Oh, yeah. So that looks. This is the tote bag with the drop shadow. And that's what out. It just adds more dimension. And it makes it easier to see. I'm gonna save. We want X one. This is the flower pot that I drew. You don't really know what I'm planning on doing with this one. I'm just We're just gonna kind of wing it. Oh, so you know I want that. But I know that I don't want yeah, up of the hot here to be pattern. I wanted to be different year, just kind of color it in at colored in. And I think what I might want to do is I might do some words. So we'll make my brush smaller here. And maybe what I do for pot, since usually you get multiple amounts of pots is maybe I'll do a set of three, maybe. All right, some things like, See, I think those owes Obviously this is just a very, very rough sketch. Does it have to be perfect now if the manufacturer came back and said, We love this, we want this manufactured. Obviously I would go back and on the file that they would be getting I would make the hand lettering much more meter. It's just a given basic idea of I'm envisioning for it. So All right, so I think that looks cute. Group that as the first pot here. And did you ever hear? Just hide it while I work with the next one, You go in, maybe let's see these everyone's hope and change the color this Think maybe to a darker blue. Yeah, burglaries. Let's see, Commander. Smile one group it. Make it smaller. Then let's see. For the third and final one, which pattern should read. I'm gonna go with this. Make this a purple color. Appear. I think in the final words that this one we will do, Let's see, we have bloom Smile. I'll do inspire. - Then we would have the three pots here. I'm gonna go in and make the drop shadows. We're gonna lay them out next to each other. Okay, So I have my set of three flowerpots and then the final mark up I'm going to do is my pillow, and I'll probably do a few of these two. So did this. And then sometimes what you can do, I'll go back and show you So for this pillow, since it is an actual photograph and it has texture when you do your pattern when you have that layer selected, you can go up here where it says normal zero and you can select multiply means. It will just make it so It's multiplied together with the actual photo, so it the pillow texture, if you can see here, shows through, and it just shows kind of whatever shading or texture was on the original image it shows through. So it just adds a little bit more dimension to it. So that's on multiply. And this would be a normal, um, so this one, I'm going to keep it at normal. But I just want to show you this multiply. Sometimes it can get a little dark, which is why I don't always use it, but yeah, just you guys know that that is there. This is gonna be the first pillow I mean to do. This pattern is a pillow, and the third and final pillow will be. I see, uh, pull up on my pillows here. Um, and again, I'm just gonna lay them out so that manufacturers get a good idea that I envisioned these pillows being sold together in a set. All right, so there you have it. I have my mock ups created. Um, there's not really a set number for how maney markups you should make, But obviously you don't want your collection to look to bear, so make a good amount of mock ups. Um, I usually make about 62 sometimes even well, 13 or so mark ups per collection. It all depends on what kind of products I'm aiming or my designs to be used on. So I have my pillows right here and the flowerpots tote bag, my garden gloves, rain boots. I'm gonna have my garden flag. So I would say that my markups are all done. And like I said, just have fun with them. There's so many different variations of how you can design your how you can put your designs onto mark ups. You can make several garden flags and a collection you can do. I did one pair of rain boots. You could do several rain boots. You could even take this and make it into a floral party. Rare sets, paper plate, small snack plate, paper bowl, paper, cop napkin. You could take it, and you could make spring gift bags. Spring tissue paper. There's so many different options. So whatever products you have in mind when you're creating your collections, just either draw them out, get your ideas on paper and then try and created digitally. Um, you can find the images online on, um, creative market on stock photo websites or so many different options, and I really encourage you to take a look through all of them and have fun with the mock ups, because that that is personally one of my favorite parts about making a collection is putting your finished designs on to mock ups and being like, Oh, hey, I can actually picture this as product, so it's really fun. 11. Final Words: All right. Congratulations, guys. You should give yourselves a huge pattern back right now because you just completed this course. So I really hope that you learned a lot from this class and that you now feel really, really confident when it comes to designing surface pattern design collections for our licensing. And there's so much fun to do. And I know you guys are gonna have a blast. It could be so addicting once, you know, like elements that you have to do and everything that makes up the collection. It becomes just addicting. That's all you want to do. So I hope you have so much fun with it. You know, I do. So for anyone that wants to get into the art licensing industry, I really encourage it. Um, it's just amazing. It's a wonderful industry. The possibilities air absolutely. And Weisslers stoking new things to discover so many things to design for. I'm still finding new things to design for. It's It's just wonderful. It's a happy place to be happy career field to be. It's really, really encouraging. And I wish you guys all the best in that journey. Um, and now that you know how to create collections. I fully believe that you're now so much closer to being able to start your career Heart licensing. And again, I just want to thank you guys. So so much for taking this course watching on my videos, going along this little journey with me in this class and just learning with me. And I can't wait to see everything that you guys create all your fun collections, E no, they're gonna be fantastic. And I can't wait to see them in the project section of this course and I go to my next class. Bye.