3 Focal Prints Workshop: ABQ, Day at the Zoo, and It's a Party! | Skillshare Projects

Adriana Bergstrom

Illustrator & Designer



3 Focal Prints Workshop: ABQ, Day at the Zoo, and It's a Party!

January 2016: 3 Focal Point Patterns in 3 Weeks (Workshop)

Print #1 is based off of my recent travels to NM... Okay, it's more like a pattern collection at this point, but I couldn't stop once I started!







Print #2 began with a trip to the zoo...





Print #3

... based off this photo of my son and my cousin at her wedding shower last year.  I loved the feeling of her party.  The light colors and sweet, cheery, fun atmosphere... I wanted to try and capture a bit of it.




Work in progress!


Phase 1: Background/Fundamentals:  I'm thinking of doing 2 kids prints, 1 adult, not sure topics, but I was thinking of swamps, farms, forests, and outer space for kids.  For the adult market, I'm still up in the air.


Phase 2:  Theme Topics, Descriptive Words, Rough Sketches, Mood Boards

Gosh! I got through brainstorming about five topics... so far the only one I'm sure about is the adult market focal print based off of my recent travels to New Mexico.  I love the American Southwest and every time I visit, I fall in love again with the big sky and adobe architecture of the Land of Enchantment.  I took so many photos this past visit...so my inspiraton board and palette are pretty much ready to go for that one!

Previous projects posted below

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Botanicals, complex repeat #1

March 29, 2015

I finally feel really great about this project.  After taking the weekend to fiddle with colorways, coordinates, and like a family tree of patterns, I came up with this "collection."  I'd love to know what you think!  Thanks for creating and sharing this lovely class, Bonnie!!  (March 29-30, 2015)




Complex Repeat WIP

The past few weeks I've learned a few things about repeats.  I bought and read several of the books that Bonnie recommended (mastering the art of fabric printing and design & the field guide to...).  I also learned some new work-flow for Photoshop and back to Illustrator in order to add texture and correct alleys and holes  and too easily recognizable repeated motifs.


Also, I went back and re-inked some of the original motifs that felt a bit lacking, and here are the newly inked icons. (Mar. 18, 2015)


Here's where I am with the motif for the complex repeat.  I've struggled a bit to get it where I want because one of my goals was to add texture to my work.  So, I made some textures, scanned them, etc. and got them to be vector-friendly.  Then, I learned that you can't make a pattern repeat from something with a pattern in it... so be sure to expand all your elements before trying to make a pattern from it!  I learned that after a while of trying to drag it into the swatches panel with no success.  Oops!  Lesson learned! (Mar. 4, 2015)


Simple Repeat

Alright.  I have to say it.  This class is ROCKING my world!  I just tested my simple pattern repeat, and using my palette, I "recolored" the artwork.  To my amazement and wonder, I now have 3 colorways that I absolutely love.

What do you think?


Digitizing the sketches

This was somewhat tedious, but in a zen-like way.  It's digital tracing using a bunch of different techniques.  Some I used my own custom brushes, then expanded the stroke.  Others I used the blob brush as instructed in the videos.  Then Others I used a black marker and filled in areas using my tracing table, and then scanned, and did "live trace".  (Feb. 25, 2015)


10 - 15 simple/med complex sketches  I'm thinking the squirrel, hyacinths, and the succulents will be my complex elements and perhaps I'll simplify everything else into 1 or 2 colors.  Maybe I'll use just the filled-in outline for some, and/or the line-art.  Time to play! (Feb. 24, 2015)


1 colorful photograph (for palette) & 3-5 photographs (thematically related, to draw from) -- See mood board labeled "Botanical #1".  I love this bouquet I found on Pinterest.  And, I found other beautiful photographs on several photography sites.  I'm personally not that great of a photographer and so looked on Pinterest, Flickr, and used keywords of my favorite things to find inspirational photographs.  (Feb. 23, 2015)


word, short phrase... Bloom?  Blossom?  Botanical?  Not sure yet, but I think I'll go with one of those.

Favorite things in nature... red squirrels, muscari azureum (grape hyacinths, and also bluebonnets and bluebells), new leaves, buds of flowers, dogwood blossoms, peonies and round blossoms, cacti, lithops & succulents, daffodils and narcissus, orchids, etc.  Bright saturated colors.


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