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3 Easy Steps to Draw Any Animal

I spent far too long avoiding incorporating animals into my work because I worried I would do it “wrong”.  Then once I started putting them into my work, they quickly became my bestsellers and most-commented-on products in my portfolio.  Why did I avoid drawing animals for so long? If you’re like me, you may have […]

5 Paths to Surface Design

I am a firm believer that there is no “one way” to get into surface design, because I’ve interviewed so many artists over the last few years inside The Studio and they all have taken completely different paths to achieve their surface design dreams.  I myself stumbled into surface design by accident through sharing my […]

How Bad SEO Is Ruining Good Artists

I’ve been doing this job of making art and teaching others how to do it too for over 5 years, and during that time countless creatives have sent me their print-on-demand shops and licensing portfolios along with the question, “What is wrong with my art?”.  These creatives are often on the brink of giving up […]

Procreate or Affinity Designer: Which One is Better?

In this post I’m going to answer one of the most common questions I get from both beginner and experienced artists: Which app is better, Procreate or Affinity Designer?  This is a difficult question to answer because there are very different uses for the two apps so which one is “best” depends on what kind […]

How to Make Patterns Faster by Improving Your Workflow

I hear from so many hopeful pattern designers that they love making patterns, but struggle to build a portfolio or fill a print-on-demand shop because of the time it takes to make each pattern. I have made over 6000 patterns in my life (yes that includes color versions, but I’m still bragging about it) and […]

Why I’m Closing My Society6 Shop

There has been a lot of talk going on about Society6 these past few weeks since they announced their new plan to charge a monthly subscription for selling on the platform, and honestly there’s been a lot of talk about them BEFORE that because so many artists were seeing their sales drop.  In this post […]

My Surface Pattern Design Story

When I shared a bit about the story behind my path to becoming a surface designer in an Instagram Reel a few weeks ago, I never would have guessed that it would become one of my most viral Reels ever!  I’ve never had more comments on a Reel, or had anyone tell me they cried […]

The Making of a Pattern Collection

Creating pattern collections used to be something I feared and dreaded.  I had so much uncertainty around what my process should be, how many sketches and patterns I should make, and how many colors to use!  It just wasn’t fun to spend the whole time guessing and then finish up feeling like I had done […]

The Studio is Growing!

The Studio turned 1.5 this summer and I’ve been reflecting on how much it has grown since we opened doors in January 2022.  When I first had the idea to open a membership, I had no idea that in a little over a year we would have live drawing sessions by guest artists, interviews with some […]

3 Historical Pattern Layouts To Try

If you’ve ever had “pattern creative block” where you can’t seem to take that first step of drawing elements for your pattern, here is a trick: layouts!  Pattern layouts are simple templates you can use as a starting place for your patterns, and there is no better place to find tried-and-true layouts than pattern history. […]

Best Surface Design Inspiration Books for Historical Pattern Lovers

Some of the links on this post are affiliate links, meaning I get a percentage of the purchase price, but it does not increase the cost for the buyer.  I only use affiliate links for products I already own and love! If you know me at all, you know I have no qualms about doing […]

3 Historical Pattern Styles You Need to Know

Have you noticed that most modern patterns are made using the same basic scattered repeat?  There are so many other ways to arrange pattern elements and literally hundreds of years of history to get inspired by!  I wanted to share with you three of the most well-known pattern styles that I think every pattern designer […]