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TDL News 10/2/22

Upcoming Course: Selling Your Work

This October we will come together to focus on improving our sales and business. We will begin on October 3rd (tomorrow!) and send out 5 lessons with insight into selling your art in different markets. We will also have two guest experts speak about freelance success, Sandra Mejia (this Wednesdsay!!) and Misha Zadeh (October 12th).   And we will share many archived tutorials with even more info! SIGN UP HERE and if you want more information you can read the schedule and find more info here 

Upcoming Event: Guest Expert Presentation with Sandra Mejia

Sandra Mejia will join us this Wednesday October 5th at 1pm EST as our Guest Expert on selling art for products independently of agents or studios. Sandra was born in Colombia but now lives in Canada where she illustrates adorable characters, makes 3D toys, and sells patterns and art for greeting cards, fabric, home decor products, gift wrap, puzzles, and more. She is also a top Skillshare teacher, some of her most popular classes are about using Procreate and watercolors to make sellable art. Of course there will be time for questions after her presentation, but if you aren’t able to attend the webinar you can submit questions here that will be asked and you can watch the posted recording on your own time.

New Chelsea’s Challenge: Home Sweet Home

For this month’s Chelsea’s Challenge we are focusing on a rising trend of incorporating cozy home-inspired motifs into a print and pattern collection for apparel.

Check out the full post here which includes three inspiring trend boards, trend information from WGSN and downloadable color palettes.

Recording Posted: Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle

For this month’s Illustrator Live Laura showed us tips on work flows between Adobe Fresco and Illustrator on the iPad.  Some technical problems with her iPad did occur during the presentation that prevented her from finishing, so we will discuss this topic again next month. In the meantime, play around with using Adobe Fresco for brushes and motifs and move them over to the Illustrator App and any questions you have you can ask them next month or tag Laura in the forum (@laurac) You can watch the recording here for an introduction into using Fresco for brushes. On August 23rd Laura showed us how to properly insert documents from Illustrator to Photoshop and she went over a quick demo on preventing file and setting loss when Illustrator crashes. You can watch the demo here and download her PDF for Illustrator file recovery here.  If you have suggestions/questions for future sessions, please add them to this thread.  You can ask her questions by tagging @laurac


Recording Posted: Chelsea’s LIVE One Hour Challenge

On September 28th Chelsea hosted her Live One Hour Challenge. If you want to follow along with this creative prompt materials needed are just paper and drawing implements of your choosing. You can find the link here.

You can participate in the August One Hour Challenge here; for supplies you need acrylic paint, paper, (preferably thicker stock like watercolor paper) paintbrushes, water, rubbing alcohol, and something flat to drag paint around like a small piece of cardboard or plastic, string, and a paperclip!

Recording Posted: Monthly Coloring Hour

We began the Coloring Hour in 2020 during the Pandemic when everyone was locked inside and using zoom for communication and connection. It was a wonderful way to gather as a community and discuss the changing world, our families, art, design, and other current events or creative struggles.  However we have realized that life has returned to a more normal fast paced flow with less time at home to meet for zoom chats and therefore we are going to scale back the coloring hour to a once a month meet up.  Join Michelle, Chelsea, and Amanda to discuss how your month went, what projects you are working on, what you learned from our monthly guest experts, what your future plans are, and other similar topics.  Our next Coloring Hour is October 28th at 1pm EST. These talks will still have the same casual experience where you can work and hang out. We hope to chat with you soon!

Recording Posted: Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 

Sherry’s September topic was more information on smart objects and an intro to the pattern preview mode. You can watch the recording here. In Sherry’s August covered “From scanned image to Pattern Motifs”—How to prep non-destructively so you can repurpose motifs easily.  This tutorial is a great refresher for using layer masks and smart objects on artwork you are editing. Find the recording with this link.  If you have questions you can ask them in the tech talk forum and tag @prancingpixel

Have a topic that you would like discussed in an upcoming presentation? Please tag @prancingpixel on the Tech Talk forum to let her know.

Recording Posted: Guest Expert Paula Pappenheim 

On September 13th Spanish artist Paula Pappenheim of Pappenpop was our Guest Expert on freelance designing and business development. You can watch our conversation right here. Paula runs her own design studio without any assistants or agents out of Madrid, Spain. She creates art for fashion, rugs, wallpaper, installations, home goods, packaging, and even a Harley Davidson motorcycle! Paula also works with many mediums, like paint, digital, and collage.  Be sure to tune in to hear about how she manages all this on her own. Here is her website. 

Here are some of the events happening this month. All times are Eastern and all live events will be recorded.

10/4/22- Speedy Design Challenge Released

10/5/22- Guest Expert Presentation with Sandra Mejia 1pm EST

10/6/22- Weekly Art Critique with Melissa Schulz 1pm EST

10/12/22- Guest Expert Presentation with Misha Zadeh 1pm EST

Weekly Art Critiques. Please join the TDL community on THURSDAY at 1 PM Eastern for a live art critique. Our art critiques are fun events where Lab members come together to review artwork and ask questions about pattern design, marketing, and sales. A registration link will be emailed the morning of the critique and will also be posted in our Weekly Art Critique forum. Textile Design Lab members can watch past critiques here.

October 1, 2022

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