design challenge winner

| bonnie christine design

hi everyone! today i get to announce the winner for the design challenge i hosted for my skillshare class, intro to surface pattern design! i've spent the last 4 days pouring myself into the student's projects (nearly 70 of them!) and have enjoyed viewing everyone's work so much. let me tell you, it has been SO HARD to choose a winner! everyone did an outstanding job and i have been blown away at the final patterns!

without further ado...

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (4)

the winner is.... treasures by anna stout-tuckwiller! from the moment i saw her piece, i fell in love. the color palette is happy and bright (see two other color options on her project page), and the motifs are detailed and beautiful. i especially love the contrasted mixture of feminine details with the more harsh elements of nature (a skull!). i love how the way that anna has placed the motifs puts the entire pattern in motion and makes your eye dance around the page.

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (3)

anna also did a fabulous job of documenting her process as she designed this pattern. her sketches (above left) are detailed and perfected and then scanned in to work with digitally (above right).

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (2)

her motifs are then illustrated and colored (above left) and finally put into motion as a repeating pattern (above right). anna also has a beautiful spoonflower shop, where you can order this pattern on fabric, wallpaper and more!

for winning, anna will be receiving a whole big bundle of pretties, but of course, i couldn't stop here! so many projects blew me away, i have to mention a few more. :) the next two patterns were close contenders and i will be giving each of these ladies a full year's membership to the roost tribe!

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (5)

backyard beauty by sarah grace white was another pattern that blew me away. though she made over ten stunning patterns, i fell head over heels in love with the feather design above. it's detailed, dainty and colorful and if it ever ends up on fabric, i'll be making several projects from it!

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (1)

summer in a jar by andrea szabó-kirchmayer shows beautifully illustrated motifs of tomatoes, vines and leaves... and that jar! her hand lettering is stellar and i especially love her use of texture and movement with the elements. great job, andrea!

student work from intro to surface pattern design by bonnie christine (6)

and finally, a few more honorable mentions! these patterns were all close contenders for the 'top three' and i love them each so much. take some time to visit the project pages below for these patterns to see each student's process, sketches and additional patterns and colorways.

by row:

1 - meandering by heidi herrera
2 - afternoon tea by halee holland
3 - springtime tulips by pippa shaw
4 - geo garden by josie mallette
5 - graphic conservatory by alexandra moran
6 - inside the hidden garden by amanda claire

ready to learn illustrator and start creating your OWN patterns? come join us for intro to surface pattern design!

and, if you're up for a good challenge, be sure to check out the current design challenge for my follow course, surface pattern design 2.0. the deadline is may 15th!

Comments

  • Congratulation to Anna, her work is absolutely gorgeous. And thank you for featuring my work too, I enjoyed the class and I’m planning to join the new challenge. :)

    • Thank you Andrea! I loved yours also, in fact I loved most of the projects!

  • Congratulations – really gorgeous work! Ive enrolled but haven’t done anything as yet…need to push myself to start! Im new to adobe illustrator and its all a little overwhelming!

  • Congratulations to Anna and all the contenders, lovely work! I recently started taking your Intro to Surface Pattern Design on Skillshare and love it. I’m so excited to have found this great learning tool.

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