I've been trying to watch at least one new Skillshare class each night this week. I think of it like night school. A small part of me always wishes I had gone to art school instead of business school. But, ultimately, with resources like Skillshare, I've been able to learn so much on my own - at practically no cost... compared to art school. Skillshare is $10/month. The disadvantage is that I don't really have a curriculum or anyone holding me accountable for my commitment. It's up to me to do the work, for myself.
To be honest, before a few weeks ago, it had been about a year since I'd logged into my Skillshare account, even though I'd been paying my monthly membership all along. I never canceled it though. I knew I had to start using it again. (Sounds like I'm talking about the gym. No, just... no.)
So, the class I watched tonight was about creating "Monoline" illustrations. Monoline is a style of illustration designed from -- drum roll - one line. These clean, minimalist designs can be very simple or intricate depending on the designer and/or the final use. This design trend has become pretty popular in branding, commonly found in logos and some script fonts. These designs have mass appeal because they are so versatile and can feel both modern and classic.
While I didn't really learn any new techniques or tools in this class, I was inspired to create. I've used monoline design here and there to create custom icons for various projects and brandmarks. But I'd never really spent the time digging into more complex designs and putting it to practice, for practice’s sake.
So, I started here by creating a few Bird of Paradise leaves inspired by the lovely potted plant sitting in front of me, and from there I just kept going, designing little things from around my apartment.
I love how this turned out and definitely plan on practicing more with this aesthetic, perhaps for a new “All Who Wander” brand mark. ;)
Also, this made me want a green couch....
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