How to Design Home Décor Products Using Your Own Illustrations

How to Design Home Décor Products Using Your Own Illustrations - student project

 

Link to: Class Outline

This class explores how to design for the Home Décor Industry. From initial research for moodboards and color palette inspiration; to creation of a themed illustration library and then design placement of illustrations onto mockups.

A perfect class for artists who want to create more income using their illustrations and product design ideas!

 

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Class Description: 

Together we’ll explore how to use YOUR illustrations for placement on product—that YOU have a hand in designing! Perfect for Artists looking to increase YOUR creative visibility and income in the Home and Gift Industry.

During class, we’ll explore best practices for researching and collecting ideas about trends, holidays, themes, target audience, and color palettes. 

We’ll also discuss resources for photography, mockups and color palettes to inspire—or to use for product mockups as you enjoy this design journey.

Next, you’ll learn how to create and organize a balanced art collection; and then use your versatile library—to design an on-trend unique dish place-setting.

This class is perfect for: Artists who want to explore additional visibility in a new market, or find a new income path through placement of their illustrations on Home Decor products. Knowledge of Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop and Procreate is recommended, but alternatives will be mentioned for creatives who are more traditional in their art development. 

This class is useful for: Artists looking for avenues to monetize their creativity, and want to discover how to research and organize illustrations for placement onto Home Decor products. The information shared in this class is ALSO useful for developing illustration for placement in other areas needing product illustration—such as Giftware, Greeting Cards, Baby, and more!

Materials/Resources: Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop—Procreate will also be discussed. Additional tips and insights for Website resources for photography, mockups and color palettes are provided.

Join this class to learn the fundamentals of home decor product design. Discover tips from a college instructor and illustrator who is designing, illustrating and licensing artwork for the Home Decor Industry. 

Our class project—we will research about themes and target audiences you choose to focus upon. Next, we’ll create and organize a versatile illustration library—and last and certainly not least— we’ll design a unique place-setting consisting of dinner, salad, dessert plate, and coffee mug! 

 

Dishing out the lessons— the class outline:

  1. First up—A “Hello!” and introduction about (me) Beth. Who is this person? What kind of creativity has been produced? Let’s peek into my portfolio and get jazzed about what I’ll will be sharing during our class
  2. Unveiling…the class project! Let’s get excited about the possibilities!
    We will be creating and organizing illustrations—and then designing a place-setting consisting of dinner, salad, dessert plate, and coffee mug! 
  3. First things first—how to determine your focus. We’ll roll up our creative sleeves for a bit of research - trends, holidays, themes, target audience(s) and color palettes. Where to go - how to choose a direction!
  4. Before you sketch…we talk about how to get creatively organized 
  5. "Hero" and "Sidekick Illustrations - these are the super important images in your collection
  6. "Shopping" for the perfect Mockups - online
  7. Time to design some plates! Tips, tricks and how to get the creativity flowing!
  8. Adding illustrations from your library to the plates you have designed! 
  9. A moment about mugs  - a few ways to approach mockups and unique designs
  10. Showcasing your product design! How to prepare a presentation worthy of your fabulous new design! And - remember to load your beautiful designs to the gallery page to share!

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Beth Buffington
Illustrator, designer, creative wanderer
Teacher