Recently I wanted to listen to something while working, so I navigated my way to CreativeLive to see if anything interesting was being broadcasted (which is a typical habit of mine). I stumbled upon Bonnie Christine’s workshop Design Surface Patterns From Scratch and within 5 minutes purchased the course because this chick knew what she was talking about, and was teaching things that I hadn’t learned in school. Considering that I just finished up my graphic design degree, I knew this course was right up my alley. The more I watched, the more excited I was at the possibility of designing patterns in my spare time, and that I could actually start designing something from stemmed my own passions.
As a result, I joined the students on Facebook in a couple of groups created by Bonnie (one being the Roost Tribe which is membership based), and saw Bonnie’s message about doing this whole Blog Tour thing. The Blog Tour goes from one person to the next, and the topic is all centered around Surface Pattern Design. Yesterday the tour stopped at Sofia Cardoso’s site, and tomorrow it will be over at Rochelle New’s site. And if you want to see more, you can always refer to the list of those participating on Bonnie’s website. (Oh, and Bonnie’s been ever so generous to give a free month of the Roost Tribe! Check it out by clicking the image below).
So, by participating in the Blog Tour I’ve had to really concentrate and focus on completing some finished designs, which hasn’t been the easiest thing ever. Considering, that professional pattern designers take more time to sketch and create, I figure that I’ve done pretty well to come up with what I have. I wanted to share a little about my process, as well as what I’ve created thus far.
I started by taking some of my photographs that I love and turning them into color inspiration palettes. I really loved this part of the process, because I have a gazillion photos just waiting on my external drive for something to do beyond just being buried in my digital archives.
From there I used various photographs for inspiration and started using the blob brush in illustrator. I hadn’t used the blob brush much in the past, so it was great to use a new technique. And, not to mention, I love the unique hand drawn effect that the blob brush gives.
I was able to get a few patterns made, but wasn’t too thrilled with the first ones that I completed, so I pressed on until I came up with something that was more of what I was going for. I still have some work to do, but feel pretty great about where I am with it all.
I hope to be able to share more of my designs in the future, and possibly turn this into a monthly feature on my blog. After all, I still have a few new techniques left to try and would like to gain some more confidence in my work. Thanks again for stopping by!
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