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TDL News 10/9/22

Current Course: Selling Your Work

This October we will come together to focus on improving our sales and business. We are sending 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 (was October 5th the recording is posted) and Misha Zadeh  will speak this Wednesday 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 Misha Zadeh

Misha Zadeh will present this Wednesday October 12th at 1pm EST as our Guest Expert on selling art for products independently of agents or studios. Misha has wonderful experience selling her own products through her website and licensing art through companies. 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.

Opportunity: Designer Feature on the Pattern Observer blog!

We love to feature our TDL members on the Pattern Observer blog and our social media accounts. If you are interested in a feature, please fill out every answer on this form. If your submission is accepted we will reach out to you with a publishing date.  We are also interested in sharing videos on social media, since they are all the rage these days…so if you want to create a short video for social media of your artwork/portfolio, an animation of your art, or working in your studio, that would be great as well, but not necessary for a feature. A good length is around 6-60 seconds. You can easily make something on your phone these days or in Adobe Express.

Upcoming Event: Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 

Sherry will follow up her September smart objects/pattern preview theme with using Pattern Preview for half drop repeats on Monday October 17th at 11am EST, these talks have been so informative for using Photoshop to create repeats from hand drawn motifs.  Sherry’s September topic was 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 Presentation with Sandra Mejia

Sandra Mejia chatted with us this past Wednesday as our Guest Expert on selling art for products independent 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. You can watch the recording here.

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 on October 25th at 11am EST. 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: 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.

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

10/13/22- Weekly Art Critique with Lise Gulassa 1pm EST

10/17/22- Exploring Photoshop with Sherry London 11am EST

10/25/22- Illustrator Live with Laura Coyle at 11am EST

10/28/22- TDL Coloring Hour at 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 9, 2022

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