I am NOT a graphic designer, so I've got a lot of learning to do. I do know that you need a vector drawing program, like Illustrator, to create patterns digitally. I recently purchased the Classroom in a Book for the Illustrator we have. I've done basic website templates before and learned how to edit the html all on my own. So I feel fairly comfortable in learning new computer tricks. I think I can, I think I can! Right?
Well, so far I just finished the most important chapter that will help me create my patterns into a digital PDF: the pen tool chapter. In case you didn't know, the pen tool can be used to take a scanned image of a drawing or pattern and convert it into a digital format. This is the backbone of digital pattern making. Once I have the pattern converted, I just have to add the instructions and pictures, etc. I still have a LOT of practice to do, but I feel way better than before I started. I actually feel like I can do it!
Here is a very rough draft of a hedgehog I drew with the pen tool. First, I scanned my drawing and then used the pen tool to "trace" the outline. Obviously, it's not done yet. I still have to add the face and body details, and fine tune the curves and lines, but it's getting there! I am so proud though!
Don't get me wrong, I LOVE making things and get great satisfaction from it. But what if I could spend a lot of time and effort into a digital file now and then have the opportunity to kind of sit back and reap the rewards? It just seems that almost everyone is a crafter these days, maybe I am in the wrong market of selling finished products. Maybe I would be more successful at selling sewing and embroidery patterns. I know there are lots of etsy sellers doing the same thing. I guess it's worth a try!
What do you think? Would you be more interested in my patterns or would you rather buy my finished product?