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Pattern Illustration, Part 1

squareCreating your own line of sewing patterns? You'll need strong illustrations, an appealing cover image and clear diagrams - here's how...

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lainysews  
Illustration   This is a wonderful article. I plan to use her suggestions. Thank you!  
 
jenniechancey  
This is illuminating!   Goodness, this is helpful! I have always taken step-by-step photos for my instructions, then laboriously turned them into line drawings. This method is SO much easier. I'm going to see if I can find a graphics tablet with stylus, as this seems a no-brainer investment. Many thanks for the excellent article!  
 
Lisha_Vidler  
Tablets   Thanks, and you're welcome! I bought both of my tablets on Amazon. Look for the Wacom Intuos Pen & Touch, or one of the others in the Intuos line. They're inexpensive (relatively speaking), they come with a stylus, and most come with some form of drawing/painting software, too. Mine came with Photoshop Elements, which is my favorite photo-editing and drawing software, although the last time I checked, it was no longer included with the Intuos. But you can buy it separately for about $70, which isn't bad.  
 
jenniechancey  
Sorted!   I've ordered both. You are my heroine of the decade! This is going to save major amounts of time. Only wish I'd known about this before cranking out so much work on my latest pattern, which goes to press tomorrow. Next one's in the bag with this amazing software and tablet!  
 
Lisha_Vidler  
  That's great! It may take you a little time to get used to drawing with the stylus and tablet, but have patience and keep practicing--it'll get easier. Thankfully, the Intuos is a lot easier to use than some of the cheap-o models. Stay tuned for the second half of the article, too. It'll have a lot of specific advice on drawing the illustrations. I hope you do well with your patterns!  
 
jenniechancey  
  Thanks, Lisha! I've published over two dozen patterns in the past 17 years that are sold worldwide, but I have a feeling I will be far more productive in the next 17 with these fantastic tools! lol You're never too old to learn a new trick. Hurrah!  
 
Lisha_Vidler  
  Glad I could help! smile

P.S. If you're interested, I've written other articles related to the art side of pattern-making. One on drawing flats can be found here at YWU, with a revised version at my website (http://yesterdaysthimble.com), under Tutorials. I also did a whole series on fashion sketches: sketching a croquis, digitally coloring in a fashion sketch, improving your fashion sketches, adding backgrounds, and so forth, with more in the works. (I think the first of the fashion sketch articles is available here at YWU, but the one at my site is more recent.)
 
 

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