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How often do we find ourselves wishing for more hours in the day? Or working more than we would like to, doing tons of things at the same time, and going to sleep with the impression that we haven’t accomplished much that day?  And then the tricky comparison game starts: “How can that artist make […]

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My last in-house job, prior to pursuing a career in surface pattern design and illustration, was as an art buyer. I began as a graphic designer and illustrator, then had the opportunity to establish and develop the role of art buyer at the company I represented. I held the position for five years. At the […]

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Raster vs vector? Photoshop vs illustrator? Photoshop vs Procreate? What’s the difference between all of them? Is one better suited for surface design than the others? Maybe you’ve struggled to learn one or both programs because you were told you had to. Or maybe you were told the myth that you have to use Adobe […]

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Art licensing agreements all tend to be structured the same, but if you’re a new surface pattern designer or artist looking to license designs in your portfolio, you may not know what to look for. Even more concerning is that you’ll often be asked about your prices (especially for flat-fee licenses) before you get to […]

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But I’m also a total numbers nerd who thrived by creating streamlined systems for myself that ultimately led me to collaborations with brands like Cloud9 Fabrics & Pyrex. Now, I teach these methods to other surface designers so that they don’t have to slowly figure it out on their own (like I had to).

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