A full year of exploring Surface Pattern Design!
Today Aug 27th marks 1 year since I made my first repeat pattern. You can read how that came about in my post ‘I’m going for Good Enough’ all of 7 posts ago… I was feeling like I wasn’t moving fast enough and I’m still fairly unfocused at this point, but then I saw that I’ve only been at this for a year… I think I can cut myself some slack.
I had such good intentions of sharing the journey of becoming a surface pattern designer! I have been so deep in the process I forgot to write about it!
It’s been a pretty intense year. I’ve gone from having a vague idea of how to become a Surface Pattern Designer to becoming one. Originally the plan was to be a textile designer but the path I’ve taken has led me to so much more than textiles.
In December 2018, after 4 months of learning only on youtube and skillshare, I decided to take a course and see if this is what I really wanted to do. I signed up for a class with Make it in Design out of the UK. They opened my eyes wide on many of the directions I could go with this change of medium for my artwork, and I was ready to dive in. I’m still working through their classes learning more about finding my style, following trends, marketing my work. I’m loving every minute of it!
In the beginning I struggled with my lack of skills in Adobe Illustrator. Somehow I was lucky enough to stumble upon Oksancia on Youtube who gave short but extremely helpful blips on how to work with Illustrator. I finished up my first Make it in Design class then decided I would spend some time learning how to really use Illustrator well. Magically, at the same time, Oksana opened up her Pattern it Up course and I decided that would be a better way to learn than to stumble around trying to figure it out on my own. That was April of 2019. It was the best decision I could have made. Her course was amazing and catapulted my new career ahead years. In the past 4 months I have gone from not knowing how to control the pen in illustrator to creating over 25 new repeat pattern and putting them up for sale on Spoonflower and with Microstock agencies. I’ve even made a few sales already!
Not bad for a years work really.