April was one busy month around here! I've really been working hard to develop my style as a surface pattern designer and illustrator. I still feel like I'm floundering a little bit as far as that's concerned, but with the help of this latest course I feel like I'm definitely on the path to fine tuning a style that can set me apart and stay true to myself at the same time.
You might remember that awhile back I was one of seven runners-up in the Make It In Design/Print & Pattern Scholarship contest and I won a place in their Module 1 course. Their program has turned out so many talented designers that I was thrilled to be a part of it. I was SO excited to win that course and it was as wonderful an experience as I could have hoped for. We wrapped up the course at the end of April and I wanted to share some of my experiences and some of the work I created.
The course really started with the basics and had me looking around in new ways: seeing patterns, seeing colors, identifying what I'm drawn to and what style I'm already innately creating. I feel like the course helped me take what I was already doing, bump it up a notch, and add more layers to my work. It was great to hear directly from Rachel Taylor, a working designer, and to hear about her methods and gain some insight to the industry. At the end I thought, "Okay, I'm not crazy, I can do this!" All the while there was a really supportive online community (from all over the world!) of classmates to share my work with.
I don't know yet if I'm going to be able to continue with the Modules, it's a considerable investment, but I really want to! We'll see how that shakes out. In the meantime the course has given me new energy to continue to build my portfolio and put my work out there. I'm so very grateful to the Make It In Design crew for awarding me the scholarship and making this possible.
Now: the show & tell. Here are some projects I worked on while in the course.