About this Class:

Hi, guys! I know, I know: another Illustrator Brush class. But wait! Don’t go! I teach so many of these classes because everyone wants to know how to use the paintbrush tool. But this is something completely new here: a whole class built around the use of the Blob Brush! In this course, Easy Blob Brush and Shapebuilder Ideas for Scandinavian Pattern Design, I will help you to create stunning artwork in short-order, in that oh-so-desirable naïve Scandinavian style. That is why I created this class: for you guys who want to learn how to use the blob brush in Illustrator, and I am throwing in an in-depth look at the Shapebuilder tool as well. This covers how to combine, extract, and trim shapes all with this one powerful tool! Your Illustrator workflow will never be the same. Wave goodbye to the various and often confusing pathfinder functions (we will do a comparison so you can see for yourself!). In this one class, you will find all the practical skills required to use the Blob Brush tool efficiently and effortlessly. The two tools work hand–in-hand! In so doing, I am also teaching you techniques for adding depth and interest to patterns created in this style!

I'll take you through creating a “Scandi-Floral” themed pattern collection for your portfolio.  I'll be showing you many more advanced Adobe Illustrator skills along the way, but you can definitely be a beginner when it comes to learning these two tools. If you are like me, you’re always learning new pattern design skills and you want to take it one step further. Are you looking for ways to scale-up your pattern and coordinate production, while learning how you can make your motifs and patterns simply and effortlessly?

Development of quick techniques with the blob brush for pattern design in Illustrator is the focus of this course, with the goal of helping you increase your proficiency with Illustrator techniques you may never have considered. You will craft a refreshing pattern which can be finished in a variety of ways! In this course, you will learn every step! And the techniques you pick up can be used for so much more than florals! Think of your favourite illustrations to draw and imagine using these methods and techniques on them! What you learn here covers many fundamental principles in the general workflow of many surface pattern designers and graphic illustrators.

And of course, the class would not be complete without devising and constructing a series of coordinate patterns with simple and quick techniques. It is SO. MUCH. FUN

You may have taken courses on pattern design before, but it is guaranteed that there are new methods and strategies to be learned each day. There's loads to be learned! And you will get more than just facts and knowledge: you can say bye-bye to all the frustrations and disappointment you get when watching tutorials that get you nowhere. If you've taken other Deloresart classes, this is just an essential evolution in your artistic development. Your repeat pattern can be used to sell with companies like Spoonflower or Print on Demand sites to design your own wallpaper, fabric or gift wrap, or to create custom products. I will show you my finished fabrics on a full kids room mockup and on baby clothes!

As far as prerequisite skills, I would recommend some knowledge of Illustrator with the goal of wanting to learn additional techniques. In class, we’ll talk about both design and technical aspects of creating a pattern. I will demonstrate them at a reasonable pace so that it will be easy to follow along. This course is for all levels; I recommend being acquainted with Illustrator to a certain degree. I suggest Illustrator for this class, as that is what is being featured here, but any other vector software is suitable, so long as it has the same functionality.

This course has a bounty of things you may never have considered! You can be applying this practical knowledge in your design practice directly. Conceiving and executing a pattern can be done relatively quickly with this small investment of your time.

 The key concepts I will include:

•     Creating motifs using the blob brush, shapebuilder, the eraser tool and Pathfinder

•     An overview of what is trending in Scandinavian pattern design now

•     Many other considerations to do with designing repeating patterns efficiently

•     Approaches you can take in your creative work moving forward

•     Designing pattern layouts in pleasing arrangements

•     Designing a series of coordinates

•     Working with the re-colour tool

This is a relevant course for you to take no matter what the end purpose for the artwork you create. If you don’t want to spend a whole lifetime figuring this tool out, let’s dive in, so you can be benefitting from your knowledge now in your art practice! Start now and you can be done watching in just over an hour! Then you could be starting to plan your own future project today! 

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