Today I’m so excited to announce my first big project. The above is a surface pattern collection, which I designed in the last month. It’s 6 patterns, with two different color-varieties of each, for a total of 12 prints. What started out as a side project to simply learn to use Illustrator, has turned into a source of excitement and enthusiasm for a whole new type of design for me. If you know me personally, you already know I’m not a “go-getter” by any means. I’m more of a “sit on the couch and ask the Xbox to feed me nachos” person. But I’ve had so much fun learning, and creating, that I haven’t wanted to stop. It’s been awesome (and exhausting)!
Anyway, the above slideshow has all the patterns available to preview. I didn’t really have like a single objective for this collection– no unified theme, alas. There is a single color palette involved that I think helps make it feel more like a collection versus a pile of random stuff. But mostly I just wanted to have fun with it, since it is my first attempt at surface pattern design. Not every pattern I made so far was included, so I’ll definitely be sharing additional collections in the future.
Should you like what you see, I’m also excited to announce that I’ve opened an online shop to offer these patterns on various goods (e.g., coffee mugs, throw pillows, tote bags, art prints, etc.). Even better? Right now there is a sale! Consider it a grand opening event! Visit Society6.com/SummerChildDesigns to check it out.
**The sale is good through October 9th (11:59 pm PST). I do not control the sale, so I can’t extend it if you miss out, and the link above is the only way to access the sale.**
P.S. – for a bit more backstory… it was CreativeLive.com’s Design Surface Patterns from Scratch course that has taught me everything I now know about pattern design. The instructor, Bonnie Christine, is an inspiration. So I would be remiss if I didn’t mention her awesomeness… after all, I didn’t even know what surface pattern design was just a month ago. A month!!
P.S.S.- I’m going to go take a nap now.