The winter holiday market holds incredible opportunities for designers and illustrators to license and sell graphics for greeting cards, wrapping paper, decor, gifts and fabric. There are few to none other design classes which focus specifically on the holidays! Join us and create your winter 2017 collections!

2 Week Mini Winter Trend Class:

  • Learn about the most relevant trends for Winter 2017/18.
  • Gain a competitive edge in your field knowing Trends ahead of the crowd.
  • Learn more about the licensing for the holiday market.
  • Create two new collections that will be license ready.
  • Drawing sheets to help generate ideas.
  • Bonus drawing prompts to encourage you to explore new ideas.
  • Interviews with industry professionals that share how to make successful winter holiday designs


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week1
During week one, you will become acquainted with the most significant trends for Winter 2017/18. The Trend Workbook covers surface design, illustration, lettering and kids trends that have not been covered in our previous workshops this year! An introductory lecture will inform about winter styles and themes. You will spend the week creating graphics for a holiday collection.
Resources: Creative drawing worksheets to help you get started. Tutorial by Denise how to research, sketch, create and finalize a Christmas/Holiday Character. Digital painting tutorial by Sabina. Recommended reading. Unlock bonus content when you finish your assignment!
Live Session Dec 9, Time: Group critique. Recording will be available afterwards.
week2
Week 2 will focus on creating another collection of graphics and patterns for a holiday collection incorporating Winter Trends.
Resources:Worksheets with various greeting card layouts. Tutorial by Denise How to research, sketch, create and finalize a Holiday Phrase. Tutorial by Sabina how to design a greeting card.
Live Session Dec 16, Time: Group critique. Recording will be available afterwards.
interviews
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Rachel is the designer behind the very successful Minted shop Alethea and Ruth. She is obsessive doodler and illustrator, and she loves bold patterns, great type, and lots of color. Rachel will share with us about her inspirations, how she creates beautiful winter designs and what makes a successful holiday card. Check her Minted shop and website.
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Lauren is a successful and talented illustrator represented by Jennifer Nelson. Some of her clients include include Hallmark, Klutz, Scholastic Press, Galison/ Mudpuppy Press, Carus Publishing, Williams-Sonoma, Girls’ Life Magazine, Department 56, DEMDACO, Design House Greeting, and Utne Reader. Lauren will share with us about licensing for the holiday market. Check her amazing work.
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Karly Depew is the creative talent behind Oscar & Emma. She has a true obsession for luxurious papers, anything with stripes and modern organic home decor. The shop was one of the first to open on Minted in 2008 and Karly has a wealth of experience to share how to designs great holiday greeting cards. Oscar and Emma on Minted.
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phrosne

Phrosné Ras is based in South Africa, Cape Town. She has more than 250 winning designs on Minted and won second place in the big holiday competition last year. Her amazing talent shines in the intricate details of her creations. Phrosné loves making beautiful things and her interview will inspire you to try your hand at design. Check her Minted shop!
prerequisites
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 patterns or vector graphics.

material
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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Class starts December 2!

Q&A

Is this workshop relevant for 2017?

This class specifically focuses on trends for winter 2017/18.

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! You can purchase an option with tutor feedback – 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.

Standard

£ 100

  • 90 days of access
  • Video lectures & downloads
  • No Tutor feedback
  • 2 live sessions (optional)

Registration closed

+Tutor Feedback

£ 140

  • 90 days of access
  • Video lectures & downloads
  • Feedback by tutors
  • 2 live sessions (optional)

Registration closed

About the tutors

Denise Holmes

Denise Holmes

Children's Book Illustrator

Description

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 www.niseemade.com or read about my adventures at www.niseemade.com/blog
Sabina Radeva

Sabina Radeva

Graphic designer, web designer, illustrator

Bio

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. She is a graphic designer and web designer, art director and founder of The Ink Nest.