About this class

Class Description

Hello everyone welcome to my latest class. I’m Jen Lezan and I’ll be  the one guiding you through this creative course. I’m a freelance graphic designer, illustrator and educator based out of the midwest and I run Bella + Sophia Creative studio. If you want to learn more about me, check out my youtube channel: The Freelance Life to get a behind the scenes view of the work I do as a freelancer and the work that goes into making classes like this one. I am a huge advocate for sharing knowledge in accessible ways and I have found that places like Skillshare and Youtube allow for that and allow me to connect to a diverse group of people looking to learn and grow. 


This month, I wanted to dive a little deeper into building our creative skills in Surface Pattern Design using Affinity Designer on the desktop. In my past surface pattern design intensive, I showed you the basics of surface pattern design and building repeats on the iPad. In this class we will take that process a little further and explore how to create some of the most common surface pattern repeats - the Full Drop, Half Drop, Tossed and Brick Pattern Repeats



Expanding on the types of patterns you can create helps to add visual interest to your patterns.  Choosing the right pattern repeat for your design will depend on what sort of look and feel you are after. But, the wonderful thing is once you have your motif  drawings, you can keep experimenting with the different repeat layouts until you get the result that you are after by applying each of these techniques. 

What the class is about

In this class, I will walk you through my process on how to make 4 of the most common surface pattern designs in Affinity Designer for the desktop These repeats include: the full drop, half drop, tossed and brick pattern repeats. We will work on designing these patterns and creating a seamless repeat using illustrated motifs. We will also touch on some tips to help establish creating strong repeats as well as discuss a process for creating color palettes. 

This course is designed to give you all the technical skills you need to start designing full drop, half drop, tossed and brick patterns using the Affinity designer desktop app. But, it doesn’t go into as much detail as the surface pattern design intensive course I have here on Skillshare. This class will get you comfortable with the tools and studios in the software as well as familiarize you with some of the layer effects, geometry functions and transform options that will aid in building a repeating pattern in Affinity Designer.

We won’t be going through the entire process of surface pattern design from concept drawing to final pattern, but instead we will be focusing on building and constructing each of these 4 pattern repeats. If you want to learn the very basics of surface pattern design using your iPad, Affinity Designer and Affinity Photo, I would suggest checking out my Surface Pattern Design intensive course for beginners: Learn How to Create Surface Pattern Designs on the iPad with Affinity Photo + Affinity Designer

Make sure to check out the class resources for a resource guide on surface pattern design, links to a Pinterest board with surface pattern design inspiration as well access to the project templates. Find the Pinterest board link here: https://pin.it/6ojt0Xw

If you want to check out some of my surface pattern and other design and illustration work - make sure you check out my shop on Etsy: Bella + Sophia Creative. You can also check out my website at: www.bellasophiacreative.com or find me over on Spoonflower!

Tools needed 

All you need to take this class is a desktop or laptop computer with Affinity Designer installed.

Who the class is geared toward

This class is geared towards anyone interested in learning how to create surface pattern designs using Affinity Designer. Whether you are a seasoned pro in surface pattern design or someone just learning how to use the software, I try to ensure you will feel comfortable in the app and the course. I know that surface pattern design can sometimes seem daunting when it comes to the tech side of things, but for this class -I wanted to show how you how to create some of the most popular styles of repeats that can help grow your surface pattern design portfolio.

Course curriculum

    1. Skillshare-Course-20-Intro-Pt2

    1. Skillshare-Course-20-Part2

    1. Skillshare-Course-20-Part3

    1. Skillshare-Course-20-Part4

    1. Skillshare-Course-20-Part5

About this course

  • $20.00
  • 13 lessons
  • 1.5 hours of video content

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Student Testimonials

“This class is hands-on. The explanation is straightforward. We walk through the entire process of creating four types of pattern structures. First the instructor presents techniques for picking colors and introduces some free resources for artists. Then she illustrates the basic math behind four types of pattern structures. Creating patterns is not simple but this course breaks it into easy to follow steps. I'm glad I took this course. Thanks.”

Margaret Field

“Really enjoy classes by Jenny. I had already watched some videos on how to use the software to create seamless pattern but Jenny explained how to do it and make the patterns look good. I feel that the patterns I created are so much better than I have done previously, so thank you very much. Jenny is a very engaging teacher also. ”

Mandy Porritt

“I've attempted to make repeat patterns before, but totally forgot the process as it was so long ago. This was a great refresher course and had some useful tips and resources. I especially loved the tip about using the bitmap fill to test your design. Thanks for a very informative and useful class.”

Nicola Thwaite

Meet your Instructor

Jennifer Lezan

Designer | Illustrator | Educator

Hello! Welcome to The Creative Studio | Learn-Design-Create, my name is Jen. I am a Chicago-born Latinxer (I'm a proud Puerto Rican and Mexican American) millennial, an educator, and a freelance creative with experience in graphic design, digital media, illustration and surface pattern design. I am also a mother of two who is in on a mission to reach all the creative goals I've set for myself while trying my best to be a positive influence on the world. I have 10+ years of experience in the fashion and creative marketing industry in both the corporate world and teaching as a professor in Higher Education. Over the last 3+ years, I have taught and connected with over 13,000 students online. I am working on building course offerings that bring people a new perspective and opportunity to take your design and art skills to a new level. I am pushing for continued growth, running my indie studio, Bella+Sophia Creative, while also using my skills to help others interested in starting a career in the creative industries. My hope is to inspire others through creativity and help you find your creative voice. I look to inspire others as much as I look to be inspired. I'm so excited to get to know all of you! I am SO glad YOU are here!