Surface Design Immersion Class 2021

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Today I begin my third class in surface pattern design. It is said that the third time is the charmer. I've proven this adage incorrect a countless number of times and what I lack in follow-through, I make up for in tenacity. I love a new challenge, especially one that tests my ability to overcome being a quitter when faced with my own design limitations. 

I'm thrilled to be taking this class. My last experience with designer Bonnie Christine was back in 2015. I found her surface pattern design class on Skillshare and not only signed up but actually completed it. I wrote a post about my experience here. I found Bonnie's teaching style a perfect companion to my own learning style. With fewer work related projects demanding my time, perhaps this will be the class that inspires me to create the kind of work that keeps me awake at night. 

A lack of self esteem has never allowed me to post works in progress. What if it sucks? Truth told, most WIPs suck, at least to the creator. To the outsider, the viewer who sees the creative process as unattainable magic - WIPs offer a glimpse into the mystical alchemical process. Their glimpse does not include comparing themselves to strangers on the internet. Ours nearly always does. 

Pattern Test 02.27.21

This is a pattern I created yesterday on Procreate. I've been designing on Procreate for about a year, and it is magic. Because designing for Museware requires black & white, it is my go-to color scheme.  Also, working in B&W keeps me from getting hung up on color, and any obstacle that keeps me creating is a welcome tool. Because this design repeats, its technically it's not a WIP. Since it has issues with balance and scale, it's incomplete. It's also small - 12" square, which limits its use to small things, since small work can never become large work. Illustrator will fix that. 

My class begins today at 3:00. I'm excited to get started. I'm even excited to share my WIPs because public disclosure is the first step in the process of my becoming something new. 

Thanks for reading.


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