panda art

In between pattern designing, I am drawing animals on the World Wildlife Fund’s endangered list. It’s my way of being involved and maintaining my awareness of issues bigger than me 🙂

I am really drawn to the colours in this drawing. Pinks, oranges and green/blue mash ups keep appearing in my drawings and designs.

pattern design – circles

Circles are my favourite shape!

I love the roundedness and the sweeping curves. Orange is one of my favourite colours (I have lots of favourites!)

I love the 70’s vibe oozing out from this design and how the circles look like colour pops popping everywhere!

I designed this in Illustrator on the iPad 🙂

ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR FOR IPAD

I’ve been learning Illustrator for 3 weeks. It feels like longer!

It’s a massive program, which I doubt I will have scratched the surface of, even after a year of study.

After beginning on my laptop, I quickly moved onto the iPad in order to draw more easily with the Apple Pencil. It was learning all over again at first!

There are no where near as many visual windows or options as the desktop version. It was like treasure hunting without a map: There is no ‘place’ option, I couldn’t find the eye dropper, where was the keyboard?

I had a hairy few days of frustration as workflow slowed. I didn’t want to go between laptop and iPad all time, I knew it shouldn’t be this time consuming.

And it isn’t. A bit of google and play time and I’m finding my feet with the iPad version. As someone who hand draws much of what I design, I love it.

I’m no way qualified to give any sort of tutorial, but there are some great YouTube tutorials which are really helpful with getting started.

ILLUSTRATOR ON THE IPAD

PHOTOSHOP FOR DESKTOP AND IPAD

OMG! Photoshop on my laptop and iPad is amazing! I’ve been practising pattern making in Photoshop today, and jumping between the two programmes is awesome. I prefer to draw with my apple pencil on the iPad but the iPad version doesn’t have all the features of the desktop version.

Saving to the Cloud allows me to jump from one to the other when I wanted to add some hand drawn elements to my designs.

This is no doubt old news for many, but when you first discover it – mind blown! lol

TRAINEE SURFACE PATTERN DESIGNER!

After 6 months of procrastination, self depreciation and future tripping, I joined a course in Surface Pattern Design.

Before clicking ‘pay now’, I read Marie Forleo’s ‘Everything is figureoutable’ from cover to cover. It gave me the kick up the arse I needed to follow my dreams. Every time I get the ‘I’m not good enough, I can’t do this’ jitters, I remind myself that EVERYTHING IS FIGUREOUTABLE.

I have joined Rachel Taylor‘s ‘Make It In Design’ course, and I’ll be blogging about my progress, ups, and now doubt downs!

Plus keeping myself accountable!

Here is my first go at pattern making.

I drew the motif in paper and then in procreate. Then I created the pattern in Photoshop.

The scratchy textures were created with a dry paintbrush and poster paint (literally out of my 7 years old’s art box), scanned and added into Photoshop. I experimented with blending modes until I found something I liked. 🙂

My finished pattern design

I finished my first repeating pattern with Anne LaFollette’s mini course!

I’ve learnt lots about Adobe Illustrator, and I’ve come realise I want more! I can see how big this creative program is and how it is the programme used in the graphics and illustration industry.

I going to have to invest in it, as I feel not using it is now a step backwards, away from my goals for my creative business.

I’ve got one more lesson left on the mini course, ‘saving work’. But I want to continue creating patterns and illustrations.

What next?

I’ve started watching Bonnie Christine and signed up for another mini course with another pattern designer.

Anne’s academy course sounds amazing, but I’m not ready to invest $1000! A bit more research and development is required before I invest that sort of money!

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