At the beginning of this year I decided I'd like to spend more time drawing, which has lead me to hand drawn pattern design. I've already shared some of my experiments with you here, here and here. I also wrote this post, Learning : How To Create A Repeat Pattern, about a Skillshare class that focuses on learning hand drawn pattern design and creating repeat patterns in Photoshop. I've had fun and learned heaps, however a few things still weren't clicking. Especially how to turn a hand drawn image into a complex repeat pattern using Illustrator. I have a preference for working in Illustrator over Photoshop so I was determined to find out more.
After some online searching I came across Jessica Swift's, Pattern Camp and decided to give it a go. I'm so glad I did. Pattern Camp filled-in a lot of gaps for me. All of the basics are covered like turning your drawings on paper into computer friendly files. Even if you have very little computer skills you'll easily be able to follow along. Jessica is super lovely and an incredibly thorough teacher. If you're interested in learning how to make your own patterns in Photoshop and/or Illustrator its a great place to start. The next class begins in February, you can find out more at Jessica's website here.
The above images are part of what I created in class. The first is of motifs only, I couldn't resist making them into this simple, hats-on-hats-off gif. The patterns following were mostly created in Illustrator except for the last two, they were made in Photoshop and the very last one is from a photo not a drawing - it's the reverse side of this doll's embroidered jumper. So much fun and so addictive. Lots to explore! I can't wait to pattern play some more.