Registration for 2021 has ended.
Thank you to everyone who signed up via my link!
FEB 24 NOTE: I don't have student contact information just yet, just a simple list with first names and last initials of people who used my referral link. Bonnie and her team are putting together the final list with full contact details. I will email with instructions on how to claim your UPPERCASE bonuses once I have that confirmation from Bonnie. If you have any questions about your purchase, please contact Bonnie directly. Thank you and Congratulations!
The UPPERCASE referral link is:
The Surface Design Immersion Course is an intensive 8-week online training program for those who want to learn Adobe Illustrator, the art of surface pattern design, how to become a licensing artist and create a sustainable business as a creative entrepreneur.
Over 6 comprehensive modules, Bonnie takes you through what you need to know to get setup for success in surface pattern. Students begin with an introduction to Adobe Illustrator (you'll learn tips and workflows even if you've been using Illustrator for awhile!) In the second Module, you'll learn how to use the program to turn your ideas and drawings into art. By Module 3, you'll learn how to make repeat patterns, from simple to complex and begin to develop your signature style.
By Module 4, you'll be learning about designing collections of patterns, by incorporating story and personality into your work—original and heartfelt artwork that others will want to license and purchase... which you'll learn all about in Module 5: Licensing Your Art. The final Module is all about Creative Entrepreneurship, providing the foundation for a fulfilling and sustainable career in surface pattern design.
Thank you to Bonnie and everyone who attended for an excellent chat.
To download Bonnie's Guide to Creating a Cohesive Pattern Collection as featured in UPPERCASE issue #41 (April-May-June 2019)
please click here.
Create a Career in Surface Design
For those of you new to the world of Bonnie Christine, she is a prolific self-taught surface pattern designer who has created an amazing career both in design and sharing what she has learned. Her work and fine advice have graced the pages of UPPERCASE magazine quite a few times.
I admire Bonnie's generosity, determination and intelligence and I have learned a lot from just being her affiliate these past few years. She has taught thousands of artists about design, surface pattern, Adobe Illustrator, productivity and how to craft a career.
As an affiliate partner, if you click on one of my links and then decide to enroll in Bonnie's Immersion course, then I receive a commission for those sales and you will have access to the UPPERCASE bonuses described below!
As editor and designer of UPPERCASE magazine, I have seen the amazing difference that Bonnie's course can make on students' portfolios, careers and self-confidence! As a designer of four collections with Windham Fabrics, I've know the value that Bonnie provides other aspiring designers—and I've got a lot to share from my own experiences as well.
Here's what a few students said about their 2020 experience with Bonnie Christine's Immersion program, and the video portfolio reviews I offered last year to students who signed up through my links:
I was unsure if I wanted to sign up for Immersion, but knew its value and was considering it. When paired with what UPPERCASE offered, I knew it was something I had to do. I challenged myself to take action in the course, in part so I'd have work to share with Janine in a portfolio review. Her thoughtfulness and insights both encouraged and motivated me to keep pushing myself further and pursue surface design. And of course, I was happy to have UPPERCASE Magazine as my companion this past year, reading others' stories and ideas and getting inspired by the beautiful work within. I truly loved all the value UPPERCASE added to my Immersion experience!
Last spring I was introduced to Bonnie Christine and her Immersion course. It was a privilege to say the least. Bonnie not only taught the fundamentals of Adobe Illustrator pertinent to surface design but she shared so much more. Her expertise in designing an entire collection, finding your signature style, pitching for licensing and understanding contracts is more than generous. Bonnie does regular live videos answering your questions throughout the course as well as offer interviews with industry experts. This course is well worth the investment and will set you on a profitable path. Just say yes!
Immersion by Bonnie Christine, the UPPERCASE package 😉 was a big leap forward in my design career. At the start of the course I opened Adobe Illustrator for the first time in my life, and four months later I was discussing my first surface pattern design collection on video with Janine Vangool. She had a lot of good advice and this moment was also a fine deadline for me to finish my collection, during pandemic and homeschooling times.
Bonnie's class is a must for anyone just starting out and also new to illustrator! I have used illustrator for many years and her class was the perfect way to refresh and strength my knowledge of illustrator. The class is well organized, easy to follow and well presented. I have achieved her final level which involves getting my work out there, and after the encouragement provided in her class, I will be just doing it.
Janine’s gracious gift of a portfolio review was a wonderful extra. Her tips helped direct fine tuning my web portfolio. Getting to know her a bit more with the zoom call review was fun and professional!
Bonnie Christine’s Immersion course is an amazing deep dive into the world of surface pattern design. From the basics of repeat pattern creation right down to the world of licensing and multiple revenue steams, she offers practical, real world info as an industry insider, all while creating a fun and supportive SPD community.
It was a real honour and such a highlight to have the opportunity to discuss my portfolio with Janine Vangool. She is such an inspiration to so many of us in the design and creative community - her insight and feedback was an invaluable part of this experience.
When I signed up for Immersion, through UPPERCASE, I had no idea how many holes in my surface pattern design knowledge would be filled by the Immersion course—or how Janine’s portfolio review would change everything for me.
It is said that your life can change direction with a few spoken words. That’s exactly what happened when Janine, during my review, pointed out one of my designs and said “This one is very strong.” That may not sound like much, but I was aware I had drawn that one differently—with less precise control of my hands, and more of an oh-look-at-the way-my hand-wants-to-draw-this perspective. Those words, within the rest of Janine’s refreshingly honest critique, set me on what feels like MY path.
I am so grateful for that portfolio review and the other extra perks I received from UPPERCASE when signing up.
Immersion was an amazing experience and a fantastic investment. Since completing the course I’ve made my first full collection and am working on my second. Bonnie not only taught me how to make patterns, she introduced me to tools and systems to streamline my work and set big achievable goals. Janine’s portfolio review helped me see how little tweaks can make a big impact in pattern design and her kind critique really helped me see my work with new eyes.
The combination of Bonnie Christine’s Immersion and Janine’s portfolio review has given my career a tremendous boost! I learned so much about Illustrator, repeat patterns, and surface pattern design from Bonnie. The course was paced really well and the resources were invaluable. When Janine reviewed my portfolio, her insights and suggestions allowed me to look at my work in a new light, and I reworked some of my collections. I now have a contract with my dream fabric company!
I was on the fence about taking the Immersion course, due to the price. I had been telling myself I needed to learn how to create repeat patterns for years. I had even taken a continuing ed class which did not provide enough depth. When a friend forwarded me the UPPERCASE link, which included the portfolio review, I couldn't resist. Not only was Janine's feedback super helpful & she was generous with her time, but the deadline I gave myself with the portfolio review appointment, helped me to finish all the lessons in the class. Nothing like a date in the calendar to help you stay on track. Bonnie's class came at the beginning of the pandemic & gave me purpose every morning waking to a new lesson. Her bite sized videos were easy to follow & very well organized. It really upped my Illustrator skills.
UPPERCASE Bonuses in 2021
- Free subscription or renewal to the quarterly print magazine UPPERCASE ($80-120 value).
Your subscription will include issue #49 (April-May-June 2021) which contains the 4th edition of the UPPERCASE Surface Pattern Design Guide: 100 portfolios and lots of insight and advice from industry experts.
- One-on-one portfolio consultation and critique with Janine Vangool, 30-45 minutes via video, with recording and transcript (*10 spots available, first-come, first-serve, $250 value) Update: these spots have been filled, but I am offering 10 additional spots once registration concludes—these will be arranged by random draw from all students who register with my link
- Two group coaching Q+A calls via Zoom with Janine and your classmates. Ask your surface design industry questions, get feedback on your projects and portfolio and connect with your fellow students.
- Membership to the UPPERCASE Circle and Surface Pattern Centre ($250 value)
- Janine is active daily on the Circle and is there to answer questions and provide guidance and inspiration to the community at large.
- Access to videos and pdfs of Janine's keynote presentation "Creative Practice: Skills and Characteristics for Creative Success" and breakout session "How to Get Noticed: Tips & Techniques for Sharing your Work" from Bonnie's Immersion Live conference, recorded October 2020.
Enrollment closes on February 23, 2021
*If you want these UPPERCASE bonuses, make sure you sign up with my links, thank you!