Digital Pattern Illustration Inspired by Flora and Fauna

A course by Laura Lhuillier
Illustrator. Lyon, France.
Joined March 2021
, Illustrator

Create beautiful patterns and apply them to any product using Procreate and Photoshop

  • French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (208)
  • 3842 students

Create beautiful patterns and apply them to any product using Procreate and Photoshop

French with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (208)
  • 3842 students
  • 20 lessons (3h 56m)
  • 20 additional resources (6 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: French
  • French, Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

"Ever since I was little, I've felt a deep connection with nature. I like to draw wild animals
in a quirky style." The wonders of nature are a constant source of inspiration to artists everywhere, and Laura Lhuillier is no exception.

In this course, learn how to create imaginative patterns from illustrations of flora and fauna by working with Procreate and Photoshop. The world of digital drawing is yours to be discovered!

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Inspiration and first sketches
  • U3
    U3. The creation of the illustrated pattern
  • U4
    U4. Color and composition
  • U5
    U5. Use and distribute your creation
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know Laura as she takes you through her journey as an illustrator and opens the door to her creative universe, an homage to nature's rich tapestry. Who would've known that the first illustrated patterns came to life alongside the industrial revolution?

Next, Laura shows you the best ways to find inspiration, be it scanning though books or simply gazing at the plants in your living room. Choose a particularly inspiring natural setting as the framework for your illustration, and once you've done that, it's time to put pen to paper and sketch those first patterns! How about an elephant? A giraffe? Or maybe even a cactus... It's totally up to you!

Laura introduces you to Procreate and Photoshop, the digital tools she uses most. Now you've got all you need to make the switch from sketching on paper to digitizing your design. Laura also shares some useful tips for continuing your sketch on an iPad.

Once you've got the foundational elements of your patterns designed on Procreate, find out how to colorize them by using the color wheel technique to establish a harmonious color palette. See just how easy it is to create digitized textures like watercolor, acrylic, and gouache.

Complete your digital composition by adding shadows and any extra little details, then transform it into patterns in Photoshop. Make your whole creative process easier with a handy tip to make the pattern fit perfectly.

To finish, find out how to apply your patterns to mock-ups and share them on social media.

What is this course's project?

For the final project, create unique digital patterns that can be endlessly reproduced and applied to all your products.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

This course is ideal for designers, illustrators, and artists who wish to enhance their digital know-how, or for anyone interested in creating digital patterns.

Requirements and materials

For this course, you need basic knowledge of Photoshop, an iPad with Procreate installed, and an Apple Pencil. These are the tools Laura uses, but it's totally up to you if you prefer to use a different graphics tablet or work directly in Photoshop.

You also need basic drawing materials like paper and a pencil. For one part of the course, you might also like to have gouache, acrylic, or watercolor paints and brushes, and thick paper like Canson or watercolor paper.


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Laura Lhuillier

A course by Laura Lhuillier

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Laura Lhuillier, better known on social media as Arual, is a professional illustrator. After completing a Master's in Graphic Design, she developed her creative world alongside the advancements in digital tools available on the market. Her designs have been used on clothing and magazine covers and she has collaborated with Adobe, Petit Bateau, and Flow Magazine.

"By creating patterns, I can draw my dreams and travel through
poetic and imaginary worlds." It's a journey through nature's untamed beauty that she just loves to share with her community.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Inspiration and first sketches

    • References and inspiration
    • The mood board
    • The first sketches to reference the ideas 1
    • The first sketches to reference the ideas 2
    • An overview of the tools used
  • U3

    The creation of the illustrated pattern

    • Complementary elements
    • The central elements
    • Sorting the subject and how to appropriate the references
  • U4

    Color and composition

    • In search of colorful harmonies
    • Color balance
    • Composition of the pattern in Photoshop 2
    • Composition of the pattern in Photoshop 1
    • Shadows and details 2
    • Shadows and details 1
    • Textures
    • Colorization of elements
  • U5

    Use and distribute your creation

    • Publishing and sharing on social networks
    • The use of mockups
  • FP

    Final project

    • Digital illustration of patterns inspired by flora and fauna

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Digital Pattern Illustration Inspired by Flora and Fauna. Illustration course by Laura Lhuillier

Digital Pattern Illustration Inspired by Flora and Fauna

A course by Laura Lhuillier
Illustrator. Lyon, France.
Joined March 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (208)
  • 3842 students