Learning surface pattern design

I’m starting Anne LaFolette’s surface pattern design mini course ‘From Doodles to Dollars’ on Monday!

I’m excited to learn about this area of illustration and design and to see if it’s something I would like to delve deeper into.

It is a 5 day commitment, Anne will be setting homework assignments! I’m a bit nervous about that, as I struggle to fit my art in around my home life at the moment, with two little ones running around!

But even drawing for just 30 minutes each day is helping me learn and progress. I’ve heard it so often, but consistency really is the key. I believe that if I keep practising and keep creating everyday, I will a career is art and design 🙂

I’ll write about what I do on the mini course and post on my blog.

Until then, here is a little surface pattern doodle.

Take care,

Michelle

Learning to draw on an iPad using Procreate

I got an iPad for my birthday and started to learn to draw.

I have always wanted to draw and paint, but never thought I could. So I never tried. Watching videos of people using Procreate on Instagram inspired me to have a go, and learn something new.

Making mistakes

What I love about drawing on the iPad, is how easy it is to make mistakes. Mistakes are so easy to erase! One mistake on a canvas or paper and it could mean starting again, and again, and again.

What the iPad allows me to do, is make mistake after mistake and erase it with ease. I learn best through experimentation and trial and error. I am not going through tons of paper and ink during this process.

Using layers

Using layers in Procreate helps me to work in a less destructive way, and play about with different elements of my drawing. Because I have used photoshop for years, picking this up in Procreate was easy and there are many similar tools to both programmes.

Following others artists on social media

I don’t have an art background, but following people on Instagram is great not just for inspiration but also for drawing tips and tips on using Procreate. There are lots if digital illustrators using Procreate and putting their processes online.

I have only been drawing for a couple of weeks but I am hoping to develop my skill enough to work in the field of illustration and design.

The first step is to start, and I’ve done that.

Take care,

Michelle