It's the final week of Pattern Play! The past three months have flown by. I made progress over these weeks and I've really enjoyed the process of sharing my work publicly. Here are some things I've learned along the way:
↠ As I suspected, having a weekly deadline, with a social media audience (even a small one), is a huge motivator in getting work done.
↠ It was a little hard sometimes with a full-time job to get a weekly pattern finished, but so is running a blog in general when you don't have all the time you want to devote to it. I post 1-2 times a week to keep it manageable.
↠ Instagram is the best for browsing recent work of creatives in your industry. I especially love looking through the #dspattern feed. It's also great for sharing your own work through hashtags.
↠ It's nice to have freebies for readers, and helps get interest in your project, like the desktop wallpaper downloads I created from my patterns.
↠ I figured out how to make seamless patterns, through this course by designer Elizabeth Olwen on Skillshare. I used the methods taught for each pattern since, and now I have a good set of patterns that can be repeated and used across different mediums.
↠ I tried out gouache painting for the first time, and really loved it. It's similar to watercolor but more opaque and much easier to layer when dry.
↠ I also tried out the Adobe Shape app, for turning my drawings into vectors using my phone. It's not perfect, but works in a pinch. The most exact method of doing this I've found is by scanning drawings in and then tracing them using my Wacom tablet and Adobe Illustrator (I only did this once, though :/...)
↠ I discovered I especially love illustration work (drawing + painting), and plan on focusing on that more going forward.
Thanks so much if you grabbed one of my desktop downloads, kept up with my posts, and for following along with me so far! More illustration and design to come to this space!
Above + below: Color experiments with painted elements, including some that didn't make it into a pattern yet.