Carol Wilson, Surface Pattern Designer
The art of Carol Wilson, no matter what medium she works in, is bright, cheerful and consistent. She takes her inspiration from the world around her- the avocado and citrus grove that she lives on, her garden, daily walks with her husband and dogs, and travels around the United States and internationally.
Carol’s work can be loosely grouped into 3 broad themes- everyday life, just for fun, and athletics/sports. As Carol says, “It always comes back to color. I take things from everyday life and translate them into colorful patterns.”
I was always fascinated with the experience that my teachers had with creating patterns that were printed on fabric. I had no idea how to do that, but during the COVID lockdown, I saw a tutorial online on how to create seamless repeating patterns on Procreate. I had to immediately go out and buy an iPad and the Procreate app! I watched tons of lessons on YouTube and Skillshare on how to master drawing/painting on the Procreate app and how to turn those drawings into seamless repeating patterns in different styles. And then I discovered that serious designers use Adobe Illustrator to create their designs in vectors rather than raster-based. So it was MORE classes and studying to learn this alternate way of making patterns. Fortunately, I love to learn! In my free time, I train for and compete in Open Water swims all over the world (as long as they are shorter than 3 miles and in relatively warm water; no English Channel for me!), maintain an organic vegetable and flower garden, and play with my 2 Bull Mastiff dogs.
- MacBook Air
- iPad Pro, 12.9 inch
- Apple pencil 2
- Procreate, Version 5.3.1
- Adobe Illustrator, v. 27.1.1 & the entire Creative Cloud apps
- Watercolor paints; various brands-Windsor & Newton, Daniel Smith mostly
- Paintbrushes, Princeton Neptune and Silver Brush Black Velvet brushes
- Paper: Canson, 140 lb, cold press
- Scanner, Epson Perfection V39
- Multi Color Minds Membership for Creatives