Teaching yourself pattern design

I’ve started Anne LaFollette’s pattern design mini course, ‘From Doodles to Dollars’. For day 1, I created sketches to use in a pattern. I drew them on my iPad Pro using Procreate and Apple Pencil. Anne works on paper and photographs her sketches to digitise them.

I took inspiration from my daily walk in the woods with my dog and baby boy. I collected leaves and berries to sketch at home. I find it much easier to sketch what is in front of me than from memory.

I have started with simple shapes, Anne says we can always get fancier later!

Having already taken Anne’s course, ‘From sketch to wrapping paper’, on Skillshare, I can see this is the same course spilt over 5 days.

The design is created in Adobe Illustrator, I have downloaded the free trial to have a go. It is over £200 a year to buy though, and I already pay for Photoshop and Lightroom so I think I will just a play with it for now.

I’ll upload what I’m creating on the course soon.

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