Following the sucess of the original Trends Workshop, this new class is geared toward professionals who design for the kids market!

3 weeks online workshop:

  • Learn all about the current and emerging trends for the 2017 Kids Market.
  • Gain insight on how to create cute characters from artists working in the industry.
  • Discover how you can get the dream clients you have been wanting to work with.
  • Learn about licensing terms and how to understand contracts.
  • Learn how to incorporate hand lettering into your commercial work.
  • Create a cohesive body of work for the Kids Market; a clip art set, a pattern collection and a hand lettered collection.
During week one, you will become acquainted with the most relevant trends for 2017. You will spend the week creating graphics for your first trend inspired collection. Watch a video case study by Denise Holmes that includes tips on how to draw cute animals for the kids market. Resources: Trends 2017 Workbook, creative drawing worksheets by Sabina, PDF tips by Denise, useful links and recommended readings.
Week 2 is all about focusing on pattern design. You will spend the week creating a collection of patterns informed by trends in the Kids Market. We have an exclusive interview with Sarah Betz of Little Cube, who works with companies like Paperless Post, Cloud9 Fabrics and Plumeti. Her designs have been licensed as wallpapers, home decor, fabric, temporary tattoos, children’s apparel, stationery and greeting cards. Sarah offers valuable tips on how to make it in the kids market. Resources: Dream client spreadsheet, licensing terms guide, and recommended readings. Bonus content: complete the first-week assignment to access bonus content.
The final week is all about typography. We will learn how to mix hand lettering with trends! Fun assignments will sharpen your lettering skills this week and will help you create a relevant collection. We will also provide tips for best lettering practices. Resources: Worksheet, recommended readings, and inspiring lettering artists. Bonus Content: complete assignment 2 and view more bonus content.
Foundation class, Trends Workshop graduates, or having the following skills:
Hand drawing: self taught beginner, intermediate and advanced students.
Processing graphics: intermediate to advanced. You need to be able to process your drawings. Knowledge of Illustrator is NOT required! You have to know how to create patterns.

Please note, this class does not teach how to create vector hand drawn graphics.

Drawing materials: sketchbook, pencils. Any other materials you are used to create your graphics.
Hardware: camera or phone to take pictures of your work, scanner (optional), printer. You are NOT required to use drawing tablet!. Webcam and mic are optional in the live sessions.
Software: Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator are recomended, however, if you only use analogous tools only you can still take the workshop.
Other: Good internet connection

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Live sessions (group critique) schedule: June 17; 24; July 1st. Time 5pm BST.


Is this workshop relevant for next year?

The class covers the most relevant trends for 2017. You will be able to prepare collections that will be in trend for next year.

Do I need Adobe Illustrator for this class?

No, you can work with any medium and technique you are used to. You can process with Photoshop or paint by hand only. We are not going to focus on vector processing and also the tutors will not answer questions about Adobe Illustrator. This would be out of the scope of the class. If you are interested in hand drawn vector graphics please consider the Foundation Class.

How many hours per week to allocate for this class?

About 10 hours per week. The class is packed with materials and resources so you can spend more time if you like. At the same time the assignments are very focused and on point so you can also learn in a shorter time period.

Do I need a Wacom tablet

No, unless you are used to drawing on one. We are not going to teach how to make digital drawings. Unless you are used to drawing on a tablet please do not buy one for this class!

Can we ask questions in the class? Do we get feedback?

Questions are encouraged! Feedback will be given on all of your assignments which you submit by the end of the class. The personalized feedback is one of the most valued features of our classes.

I can not attend the live sessions. Can I still join?

Yes! you will not be hindered in any way if you are not able to attend the live sessions. You can submit questions in the website forum or chat with the tutor. All learning material – lectures, tutorials, downloads will be available on the website. To complete the class you only need access to the website.

Early Bird

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  • 90 days of access
  • Video lectures & downloads
  • Feedback by tutors in the gllery
  • 3 live sessions (optional)

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= $150
  • 90 days of access
  • Video lectures & downloads
  • Feedback by tutors in the gllery
  • 3 live sessions (optional)

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About the tutors

Denise Holmes

Denise Holmes

Children's Book Illustrator


I am a children’s book illustrator that loves to create cute + happy illustrations. My days are filled with drawing, taking pictures of my daughter Hazel and scouring thrift stores for vintage children’s books. I have a slight obsession with coffee, quilting and yoga. You can see more of my work at or read about my adventures at
Sabina Radeva

Sabina Radeva

Graphic designer, web designer, illustrator


Sabina has extensive experience in developing engaging, result-oriented creative online classes. She is passionate about making beautiful graphics, teaching and interacting with her students. Her workshops and classes receive frequent praises and positive reviews. She is a graphic designer and web designer, art director and founder of The Ink Nest.