Corri Sheff

Artist and Surface Pattern Designer



Advanced Illustrator Techniques Workshop


Here are my line repeats.  I used a pentel brush pen to draw the lines, then I vectorized them and created the repeat.  I'm really hoping for time before the holidays to get a mini collection that includes all of these completed.  Thanks for the fabulous workshop, Bonnie :)  Happy holidays to everyone!





I also tried out this repeat making the texture more of a tone on tone.


Here are my texture repeats.  The second one I actually did before the workshop started right after Bonnie released the class so it doesn't really count but is still going to be a part of this collection I think.  I haven't pulled together a cohesive palette yet.  I'm thinking I want to count the floral wreaths as my diagonal, I'm kind of struggling with that one.  Not struggling with the actual making of a diagonal just my idea are fitting what I want for this little collection, we'll see though :)



Sorry for my tardiness!!  My kiddo has come down with croup so its put a little wrench in my productiveness.  Since I am behind I've decided to sketch as I go to make it a little easier to catch up.  Here are 3 geometric patterns I've completed:25ae7424





I'm Corri, originally from the mid-west (USA) but have lived tons of places now thanks to my husband's job for the USAF. We are currently stationed in sunny California (and I'm not complaining). I'm a momma to a sweet little girl who believe it or not is turning SIX on Friday! We also have two dogs, one cat, and a goldfish named Mustard. I am an avid sewist making everything from quilts to bags to garments. I have a few art degrees under my belt and have found a serious passion for fabric design. You can find me online here and on instagram here.  My favorite colors are orange and pink!  Can't wait to get started on a new collection and see everyone else's work too :)

In this workshop I'm hoping to create a new collection that is based off of some floral drawings that I completed for Inktober.  They are inspired by old dutch still life paintings.  I'm in the process of revising my portfolio that I created over the summer and I'd love for this new collection to make its way in there :) Then I'll be submitting that bad boy like a mad-woman ;)




It feels so crazy that we are coming to the end of our workshops!  I have chosen fabric as my industry (I crazy love love love to sew).  I'll be submitting to pretty much all of the companies lol.  I still have a few emails and calls to make for contacts (my 5 year old only lets me get so much done in one day lol).  Here are the companies I plan on submitting to:


Windham Fabrics


RJR Fabrics

Riley Blake


Dear Stella

Robert Kaufman

Birch Fabrics


Art Gallery Fabrics

I've also ordered a bunch more supplies to make more books to mail out.  I may order a few from blurb as well if I know it won't be returned.  I'm working on getting a 'real' website up and running as well - not just my poor blog.  After I submit for fabric I think I'm going to look into stationary next.  I'd also love to do some children's book illustrations down the line too (probably far far down the line lol). 

I had so much fun doing all of the workshops!!  It was wonderful working along with everyone and seeing everyone's progress and growth.  I'm so sad its all coming to an end but excited for all of our bright futures:) Best of luck to all!!  I can't wait to see what everyone does.


Here is my link!!!  (updated with a 4th collection)

My book!!  This was so much fun to make!!  I think in the future though, I will look into having the interior pages printed rather than doing it myself (it takes so much double sided tape to make the pages double sided!!).  I had my fabric printed at spoonflower for the cover and back.  I used an essex yarn dyed linen/cotton blend for the spine. 




What I am thinking so far for the portfolio is:



Sonnet Dusk 

Solstice Ceremonies (working on the last print for that today and a second color way)

Petrichor and Petals (working on a second color way)

Blackberry Coven (Have a few prints left to complete for this one)

I'm thinking of including mock ups after each collection like a mini look book maybe a page or two. Or even incorporate into the presentation pages I'll have to see how it works as I'm building them.   I'm going to be working double time because I would really like to be able to include my unfinished collections in the timeframe of the workshop (wishful thinking lol).  I have ordered all of my supplies for the bound book as well including ordering fabric printed from spoonflower :)  I'm hoping that I'll be able to print it all on my home printer I saw that Epson has a double sided presentation paper.  I'm so glad its a long weekend so I can work work work!!



I can't decide which one I like the best. EDIT:  I'm going to go with option 1 for the logo (#2 is shaped kinda like a peanut lol).

Option 1:


Option 2:



This was sooo hard!! lol.  I decided to take the headshot in my garden since my house is a wreck right now.  We just had new floors put in throughout and they just finished so things are weird and dusty.  



Corri Sheff is a surface pattern designer and illustrator.  She draws inspiration from nature, vintage botanical illustrations and her own garden.  Corri finds beauty in the strange and unconventional - from the creepiest of crawlies to a knotty tree.  Her designs are elegant and sophisticated with just a touch of whimsy. She currently resides in the Mojave Desert with her husband, daughter, two dogs and one cat.

updated colorways:

colorway 1:


color way 2:




Colorway 1: 


Colorway 2:


Extras because I love them :)





Final prints:  Still working on color a bit.  I'm posting early because i'm getting my wisdom teeth out tomorrow so I'm not sure I'll get to anything.  If I do, I'll be working on color :)

This print is to go with a previous collections (the one with the hares).


This one if for that collection as well (still working on color!!)


This next 3 are for the collection with the ravens.  I had a lot of fun with the wings :)  I'm not sure if it'd be ok to have them all in one collection.




Hopefully I'm not too loopy tomorrow and can work with the color a bit more but I wanted to be sure to upload my project before the due date just in case :)

Here are *some* of my motifs.  I'm still working on and tweaking a few more.  I also threw a few I made for the last workshop but didn't use just in case (waste not).  Some here still need a bit more color.  I'm working on a few more pansies.  I have a vision of that print being lots of smiling pansy faces lined up (maybe like a field study or something).  The thistles still need a little work and I may still combine them with some sort of lace pattern.  I'm working on some blackberry brambles and foxglove as well :) Very excited to get these couple of old collections finished up finally.  I have a vision for that raven wing (that took forever but was so worth it) too. I think the iPad pro has changed my style a bit, or maybe I should say helps me work better in my own style and vision of how I want my art to work.  Anyway, I am trying not to stray too much from the original prints - if that even makes any sense lol. 



I'm a little bit behind on this stage :/  But I did get my veggie garden going and planted 17 dahlias in the yard lol! Anyway, after looking at the work I have going, I think I have enough in the focal print department for the dark bloom (or whatever I end up calling it) collection.  So I'm going to focus on rounding out the focal prints in 2 previous collections (blackberry coven and solstice ceremonies).  Here are a few sketches I've worked on.  I know that I need more so I'll be playing a little catch up this week :)



For this new workshop I will be making one more focal print for the collection I've started (below) in the past 2 workshops.  For the other 2 prints I'll be revisiting the watercolor collection and the collections started waaaaay back in the summer :)  


Here are my repeats for the collection that I'm working on for the workshop.  I think I have finally landed on a pallet I'm happy with so I'll be recoloring the previous repeats during our week off.




Here are my watercolor repeats.  I have a few variations of a couple of them. I'm not sure if these will fit into the current collection I'm working on or if I'll work them into something new.






Here are my watercolor motifs vectorized.  I'm excited to play around with colorizing them.  This was super fun :)


Here a few pages of paintings I've done.  I'd still like a few more since I'm not super happy with any of these.  I switched from the Fabriano hot press paper to Arches hot press and I'm liking the feel and the absorption better.  We'll see though ;)



Here are some of the motifs I have completed.  Colors will change :)  They still need to be cleaned up a bit in AI (drawn in Adobe draw on iPad).  I do still have some motifs from the last workshop I didn't end up using that may make their way into these prints.  I am still working on a few more today too, I feel like I need to add some 'simpler' florals in (buds too maybe).  Oh, and I'll be adding to that space in the fern - the one I drew from was missing a frond. 


My project will be a continuation of the dark florals collection that I began with the first workshop.  Here are some photos I have taken to use a reference.  I have been working on tweaking my pallet a bit too.  Can't wait to get started!


Here are the prints that I have completed for the workshop.  I'm happy that I have a few 'extra' motifs for some additional prints.  The top print is to go with a previous collection, I do still have 4 prints for the new collection too :)  I am LOVING using the iPad pro to work on illustrations.  I find I have a little bit of cleanup when I get my art into illustrator but nothing too major.






For this new collection, Dark Blooms (working title), my 10 words are:

leafy, huge blooms, dark, romantic, moody, a little whimsical, lush, wild, chaotic, bold, and edgy

So far I have this part of a pinterest board for inspiration, right now I'm culling through my pictures (most taken at the Huntington Gardens) to source my own original photos for my sketches.

In addition to this I would like to round out some of the pervious collections that I have started from the workshop I did over the summer (those boards are below).   My goal is at the end of the 5 workshops to have a portfolio of 4 (maybe 5 because of the watercolors) collections to start sending out :)  Here's hoping my preschooler cooperates hahaha!! 

Ok, I am uploading what I have done for my motifs today (I have a dentist appt tomorrow so I don't want to forget).  Not all are finished some still need a little smoothing, tweaking, and colorizing.  Colors placed are not finalized by any means.  The first art board is for the dark floral collection and the second is for the petrichor and petals collection that has been started previously.  




Here are some of the sketches I have done.  The bottom row with the swallowtail butterflies and the feathers will be for previous collections.  Sorry for the phone pictures!!


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