Surface Pattern

Surtex 2017!

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If you are headed to Surtex, in New York, from 21 to 23 of May, my lovely agency’s Art Licensing Department will be there with lots of new and exciting work from me and fellow artists. Stop by BOOTH #2933 to take a look and say hello!!
Art Directors feel free to make an appointment and also follow along through twitter: @sofiagcardosoo | @BrightLicensing.

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015

Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015

On September 24th I uploaded my entry for the Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2015.

The brief was about a young woman called Antoinette and a day in her life, favorite places and things she is drawn to. From here we were supposed to design a pair of sneakers that Antoinette would like to wear when riding her bike to work.
After reading the brief over and over I sat down with my sketchbook and started taking notes on Antoinette’s interests and preferences, favorite patterns and typography, color trends and other bits before picking some of them that I knew they would work well with my own style of work. With that I ended up exploring the vintage, charming yet quirky side of Antoinette’s life, mixed with her love for vintage grey engravings of small animals, peonies, odd combos, floral embellishments with a touch of Parisian perfume bottles in the form of bird cages.

These are some of the sketches and although some didn’t make it to the final piece, I really enjoyed the research and sketching time. My favorite ones turned out to be the vintage inspired animal engravings that I did with a soft graphite pencil.

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And here’s my final composition I submitted. I wanted my piece to portray a vintage, feminine yet quirky and carefree tone and that’s why I called my design “Born to Wander”. (more…)

DSPS Blog Tour | The perks of being a Surface Pattern Designer


First of all thank you so much for taking a little time to stop by my blog. You’ve probably came through Barbara’s blog and for tomorrow you will be able to continue the tour over at Amanda’s blog. You can check out the full schedule over at Bonnie’s blog here and if you’re interested on purchasing the course you can find it here. Also as a part of the blog tour, Bonnie is offering ONE FREE MONTH for the Roost Tribe.

As you all know, last month we had the opportunity of taking Bonnie’s class over at Creativelive and for me, it was one of the best learning experiences I’ve had in a while. It was that little push I needed to feel a little more confident about my work since I’ve learned quite a few tricks along the way. I filled three A4 papers with notes! BACK AND FRONT! I thought I already knew a lot of Illustrator, but after those three days I came to the conclusion I had hidden gems all over the software. I remember that at some point everyone in the studio gasped or just stared at Bonnie marveled when she introduced the recolor artwork tool. I think like me, some people probably heard some bells ringing in the background when we saw what that tool could do. Talk about time saving that tool have help me save many working hours. I learned so much and couldn’t be happier when this opportunity came out. So for today, I’m going to talk about some little aspects that I hope most of you will relate and hopefully, it will make you laugh along the way. I believe that knowing that you’re not alone and having a community by your side that goes through the same obstacles and conquers, really helps you grow as a creative individual so, with no further delay, I present to you:


1. Those times where after proudly assembling the layout, you proceed to drag the design into the swatches panel (in Adobe Illustrator) and  (more…)

Design surface patterns from scratch blog tour!

design surface patterns from scratch blog tour

A while back I blogged (you can check it out here) about my experience after attending a three day online course at Creativelive called Design Surface Patterns From Scratch with Bonnie Christine from goinghometoroost as our instructor (in case you missed it and want to give it a try it’s now available for purchase for $79 in the Creativelive catalog). Besides being one of the best learning experiences ever I’m also enjoying how the community interact with each other in the facebook group that was created. It was then when I heard about this blog tour.

What is Blog Tour?
(feel free to correct me if I’m wrong)

Basically everyone that has signed up has a specific day to talk over on their blogs about a theme related to surface pattern design and/or related to Bonnie’s class (for example, you could talk about a collection you’ve created since then with the stuff you’ve learned during class). The objective is also to always link back to the previous and next day blog so that people could hop around one blog to another. Sharing knowledge, discuss ideas, interact with the community but above all, have fun!

Yesterday Bonnie posted over at her blog the complete schedule and today is the first day with Erin Stewart. I’m scheduled for the 29th of September and although I already have picked a theme, I might swap it for one that’s been going around in my head for a while. Spoiler: might make you laugh and nod in agreement (or not, I’ll try my best).

Let the tour begin!