Welcome to the Surface Pattern Design by Scratch Bloghop hosted by Bonnie Christine of the Going Home to Roost tribe. Bonnie recently introduced her new Creative Live course Design Surface Patterns from Scratch. It offers an in-depth view of Adobe illustrator and is packed with information to help you bring your drawings to life. Have you ever imagined your work on stationery, fabric or digital media? This is a great place to start. I picked up many illustrator tips and tricks that have helped me on my way to expressing myself digitally. For todays bloghop, I thought I would share an unexpected source of inspiration for me. Shadows. This photo makes me smile. It gives you a pretty good idea of what I was up to. I received many an odd look from others as I took photos of the pavement. My ride was littered with beautiful shapes and patterns. Needless to say, I was promptly ditched by my riding partners. They should really know better by now... Many, very many, photos later, I now have quite a collection of organic, leafy shapes to play with in my art and design. Bonnie talks extensively in her class about Live Trace. It is my number #1 tool in Illustrator that I use daily. I simply brought these images into Illustrator and live traced them, playing with the settings to obtain different results. From there, with a bit of help from the blob brush and eraser tool, I ended up with a pretty assortment of shapes and textures that I then incorporated into some patterns. Many of these shapes have also ended up in my drawings and paper collage work. Pattern play with a hit of some leafy greens and blues inspired by road riding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who would have thought!? For more inspiration and a chance to pick up some other tips and tricks ,click back to the starting page here to begin. This hop has been going on daily for 6 weeks now so there is lots of reading entertainment. Bonnie has also kindly offered up a free month to her Going home to Roost tribe where you can meet others within the Surface Pattern community and learn more about the world of surface design. Go here for more details. If you haven't had a chance to visit my bloghop partners,please pop by and visit Emily Truong of EmilyAnn Studio and Nika Martinez! Thanks for dropping by!