I have been out of school for a lot of years. The past 18 I’ve spent getting my kids through their schooling! Now I have an senior in high school and a sophomore in college.
Out of necessity, the world went online during COVID-19. After witnessing online learning with my kids, having every client meeting virtual, and even social meet-ups online, I didn’t think I’d want to sit in front of a computer for another minute. BUT I’m so glad I took the plunge this past spring and invested in Bonnie Christine’s course, Immersion.
The class is really well worth the investment. I have been using Adobe Illustrator for years, seriously, like 30 years. Therefore I thought I wouldn’t glean much from the Illustrator portion of the class. I am essentially self taught in Illustrator. However, there is always more to learn! I was doing a few things the hard way, I have since saved a lot of time learning the shortcuts alone that Bonnie teaches. She has an approachable way of explaining things with detailed visuals that is easily understood. And you can always go back and replay each lesson. Once you invest in the course, the material never goes away.
The many live weekly sessions really helped me feel part of the community as well as keeping me accountable. I tried to stay up to date on the lessons, but there is a lot of content and material. Bonnie has a great team in place as well who were able to answer questions. They were really responsive and were an integral part of the course’s success. There are also bonus modules taught by other artists in the business. These are great at adding another perspective and greatly enhance the course.
If you’re an aspiring surface pattern designer, or if you are already in the field, I don’t think you can go wrong on your investment in this course. This is just a brief overview, but please feel free to reach out if you have questions and you’re not sure about taking this course. I know it can feel like a lot of $$, but I have found it well worth it.
*Please note, I am not affiliated with this course and do not gain any compensation from this recommendation.*
How are you? I’m Marisa, a Portuguese creative speaking from Ireland.
Thank you for your post on the immersion course from Bonnie.
I’m so eager to take this course, feels right, considering i love fabrics and i do a lot of homemade stuff, cricut etc, while being a full time architect. But are right it does feels like a lot of investment, I’m scared of even talking to my partner about it, cause I’m always buying udemy and skillshare courses on this and that, design/creative fields related.
I can say I’m a beginner in illustrator, so from what I could gather seems to be very comprehensive on the program, however my experience as an architect makes me familiar with designing software even more complex than illustrator _at the moment illustrator feels like a infinite playground that allows me to do so much I don’t even know where to stop, which is amazing. I cant get enough, so i believe the immersion will give so much more in that regard, but, like i said, its a big investment.
Can i ask how did you went from the immersion course forward?
Was it pivotal to what you are doing now, or was more complimentary?
Please don’t mind my English..
hi Marisa, Thanks for commenting on my post. In addition to Bonnie’s thorough Illustrator instruction you also will learn how to put together an entire collection and have a great foundation on surface pattern design if that is the direction you want to pursue. For me I knew I wanted to pursue this as a new career so I’m definitely glad I took it. It gave me a solid foundation. 2 years later and I just sold 3 pattern designs to an apparel company, I still have a long way to go with my goals but I’m slowly making progress. I refer back to the course often when I’m unsure on how to do something. I wish you luck in your decision!