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Illustrated Pattern Design

A course by Ana Sanfelippo
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2018
, Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Learn to tell stories using your own hand-drawn patterns and print them on different surfaces

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (718)
  • 13053 students

Learn to tell stories using your own hand-drawn patterns and print them on different surfaces

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% positive reviews (718)
  • 13053 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 24 lessons (4h 38m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Illustrated patterns go beyond just shapes and colors—they can weave entire stories and tales. In her compositions, illustrator and designer Ana Sanfelippo gives life to curious characters and vibrant colors that coexist in dynamic spaces full of nature. Her illustrated patterns emblazon a diverse range of products for clients such as BigBox, La Maraña, Amazónica, and Papelirea.

In this course, she teaches you how to showcase a collection of both simple and complex patterns on different types of media.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Concept and projection of the pattern collection
  • U3
    U3. Resource creation for patterns
  • U4
    U4. Pattern Arming
  • U5
    U5. Applications and uses
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Begin the course by getting to know Ana, who tells you about her beginnings and how patterns for her were the ideal point of contact between her two passions: illustration and design.

She shares some of her influences and explains the course's project: creating a collection of patterns based on a classic tale to apply to different digital print media.

Start molding your idea, identifying what you need to illustrate (characters, main and secondary objects, etc.) in order to translate a story into a pattern. Then collect references such as images or shapes that you like, and look at the materials needed for the course, as well as their characteristics.

It's time to draw! Do a rough sketch of each element until you find the desired shape for the pattern, then add color using gouache: first taking care of the larger fills then defining the shapes with lines and some graphics.

Ana shows you how to transfer analog illustrations to the digital world, getting them prepped for adding patterns in Adobe Photoshop. She also shows you how to make some basic adjustments.

Learn more about Rapports, units of repetition with which you can build endless amounts of images. Ana guides you in thinking of the collection in terms of coordinates, distinguishing constants and variables that make up the system, then she shares some tips for reading levels and cohesion.

Finally, find out how to apply the patterns to a range of different pieces, both mockups and files for printing.

What is this course's project?

Create a collection of patterns inspired by a classic tale and apply them to different kinds of digital print media.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Illustrators, graphic designers, and anyone who wants to infinitely multiply their designs and images.

What you need

Having basic knowledge of Adobe Photoshop is recommended. In terms of materials, you need a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed, a scanner, and drawing and painting materials including a pencil, an eraser, gouaches, brushes, and different types of paper.


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Ana Sanfelippo

A course by Ana Sanfelippo

Illustrator and Graphic Designer

Ana Sanfelippo is an Argentine illustrator and graphic designer with a degree from the University of Buenos Aires. She went from being a student to a teacher there, where she spent 14 years teaching illustration and typography.

Ana specializes in children's illustration, her main products being books and pattern designs. She collaborates with brands for whom the illustration is applied to the product as the main protagonist, such as Birchbox, La Maraña, Amazónica, and Papelirea.

She started more than ten years ago in the professional field of editorial illustration, where she first started working with patterns to create book covers. Since then, pattern design has become the place of perfect harmony between her two passions: illustration and design.


  • U1


    • Who I am?
    • Influences
    • What will we do in the course?
  • U2

    Concept and projection of the pattern collection

    • Brief and thematic
    • Documentation and references
    • materials
  • U3

    Resource creation for patterns

    • From idea to sketch
    • De la idea al boceto 2
    • Coloring with gouaches 1
    • Coloring with gouaches 2
    • From analog to digital
  • U4

    Pattern Arming

    • Basic ways of repetition 1
    • Basic forms of repetition 2
    • Basic forms of repetition 3
    • Repeat using Textile Designer 1
    • Repeat using Textile Designer 2
    • Coordinates 1
    • Coordinates 2
    • System 1
    • System 2
    • Trucos
  • U5

    Applications and uses

    • Collection Definition
    • Mockups and files for printing
    • Mockups y archivos para imprenta 2
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and illustration of patterns

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Illustrated Pattern Design. A Illustration, and Design course by Ana Sanfelippo Best Seller

Illustrated Pattern Design

A course by Ana Sanfelippo
Illustrator and Graphic Designer. Madrid, Spain.
Joined October 2018
  • 99% positive reviews (718)
  • 13053 students