One of my favorite parts of the surface pattern design process is selecting a color story. Today in the studio I’m working on a geo shapes pattern using 3-colors plus the background color. I’m sharing a timelapse video of the early stages of developing the color story for the print using the recolor artwork tool in Adobe Illustrator. In this process video I explore some new options using a new color story while keeping the dark background color constant. #vectorart #abstractart #AdobeIllustrator #processvideo #artprocess #timelapseRead More
Editorial art I created a few weeks ago for International Women's Day to celebrate and honor all those amazing women who make the world better each and every day. I am eternally grateful for the women before me who fought for my rights.
Follow me on Instagram at chris_coco_olson to see more illustration and design.Read More
Cheerful triangle pattern in a new kidswear print collection. A new geometric pattern. Vector art. Multiple color palettes available. Designed by Chris Olson.Read More
Three faces and one wild hat. Inspired by the fanciful Victorian hats I found while researching for this months MATS bootcamp mini assignment. Mixed media.
Digital collage created with Unsplash images. Photos of faces, flowers and car by photographers Joanna Nix, Mike Fox, Genie Austin, Alexandra Seinet, Annie Spratt.Read More
I Heart You hand drawn wallpaper with a bold brushstrokes design by Chris Olson is available as a download on the blog. Click on link on blog post.Read More
Starting in January I’ll be launching a brand new design section in my Client Portfolio featuring Kidswear—with the latest pattern trends and color palettes to match. Today I’m sharing a sneak peek at a sampling of baby and toddler prints with a hint of nostalgia and a cozy heritage vibe. I live in Colorado and I admit I’m smitten with the mountains, the snow in the winter, and the bright sunshine all year long. And this wondrous place definitely influences my designs. Check the collage for a few examples of my Telluride collection—named after a favorite town and ski resort. It features a classic color palette with cobalt blues and rosy reds.
There’s much more in the Telluride collection that will be available in my Kidswear patterns section on my website next month. Stay tuned this month for more behind-the-scenes updates featuring other collections including kidswear designs with Animal Accents and Inky Illustrated repeats.Read More
Merry, Merry! It’s almost time friends—and I'm sure you didn't need me to remind you or anything! If you’re at all like me and a bit behind on the whole gift wrapping front, then this post is for you. I’ve designed a free printable holiday gift tag for you to download. Just click the link below, download the love, print the tags—card stock paper works best—and get wrapping.
Happy Holidays! And let’s all keep the merry going! xo Chris
Download the Printable here: PRINTABLE HOLIDAY GIFT TAG BY CHRIS OLSON
I just hid the Halloween candy from myself. Not sure if that’s thing or not. Happy Halloween eve, y’all…
New tile pattern featuring a spooky kitty design. Visit my portfolio for more designs.Read More
New seamless repeat designs in my rainforest textile design collection. Visit my Client Login portfolio for details on this tropical collection—available in several color ways and as an indexed print. Fresh designs added to my portfolio weekly. You can find more samples of my designs on my portfolio.Read More
So thrilled to be featured in the new blog post over at Pattern Observer! If you are a surface pattern designer, this website is filled with so much beauty and inspiration. My guest post today is all about social media and artists. I share my thoughts on social media, how to get started and tips for growing your online following. I was the social media manager for Instagram at Pattern Observer for three years. During that time the reach and overall engagement grew at an amazing pace.Read More