Here is a story of my textile design and repeat pattern business and what I learned in the process…
My name is Oksana. I am an artist, textile designer and a creative soul.
Up to this point I created more than 5000 vector repeat patterns and worked on more than 50 freelance surface pattern design projects.
I created my first pattern ever in 2010 and it has changed my life forever. Before this happened, I was creating vector illustrations approximately once per week for my microstock online galleries, where they could be licensed. One day in 2010 I told my husband Alex that I really liked repeat pattern designs and wanted to make them in vector, but the technical process of creating them was very time consuming and long. So Alex told me “Let’s figure it out together!” and we did! We put our heads together and came up with a system that made the technical side of creating repeat patterns very easy and fast for me. We improved the system over the years, but that day we made a simple pattern. Here it is. I was so excited to use it somehow that I made this illustration. One of my personal favorites till this day.
One year later, I have created over 1000 repeat patterns and borders and the revenue from my microstock business grew 80 times in one year. The following year we reached 200x the revenue of my original microstock business. You might say that it all started from that first pattern, but what I learned in 6 years since that day, is that it started from an idea and the fact that me and my husband came together and collaborated. That was one of the best, exciting times in our lives together.
I realized that I have a vision for patterns and artwork that speak to people and inspire them. But the power comes in collaboration with other amazing, creative people. This is what my customers have taught me so much through our common design projects.
If you have a product or a vision for a product that will impact people’s lives for better, I would be honored to collaborate with you and create unique, amazing artwork specifically for your products based on my creative vision and more that 8 years of experience in art and design. Please email me and let’s talk about your products and how we can make creative, meaningful magic happen together…
Hi, my dear readers! Sorry for not posting regularly, but recent exciting changes in our life take up most of my time and energy :) I will talk about it a bit later… For now let me share my excitement about my first animation project!!! Yay! :)
Yankee Doodle went to town
Riding on a pony;
He stuck a feather in his hat,
And called it macaroni.
As you can see from the video, I worked with Eflashapps and their animation team on creating this cute little video for a very famous nursery rhyme Yankee Doodle. I was familiar with this song and always liked the melody, so I became very excited to create a storyboard and character design to illustrate this fun kids song.
Here is my sketch of the scene where Yankee Doodle dances with the Girl.
And here is the final colored art for character design in vector format:
I surely did have a lot of fun with this little animation. I hope you and your kids will enjoy watching and singing along to this video.
I’d love to know what you think about my first try in animation genre :) Please let me know in the comments!
I can’t tell you how excited I was to discover this little video on Facebook yesterday!!! :) It shows a cute little girl looking at illustrations in my Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book and singing the Twinkle song. ADORABLE!!!
For those who don’t know yet, I illustrated this book a while ago. It was published by Flowerpot Press and it has just come out for sale in United States. So happy to see such a great feedback from this adorable reader… and singer ;) I believe this is the best kind of feedback you can get!
Many thanks to little girl’s Mom, Meredith, for sharing this video with us. And a special thanks to my dear friend, Jessica, who has purchased my book on Amazon as a gift for her sweet niece, the star of this video! Meredith emailed me that Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star book is her daughter’s new favorite. She wrote:
“My littlest one took the book to bed with her and she brought it to me first thing this morning to read.”
How adorable is that!? :) This makes me really happy!
Today I want to share a little bit of the beauty that we see every day in Santa Barbara… It is full of nature gems and here is one of the most exciting ones: monarch butterflies migration.
Every winter thousands of beautiful monarch butterflies migrate to Coronado Butterfly Preserve in Goleta, California. It is an amazing experience to see them in clusters on eucalyptus trees at the Elwood grove. Coronado is the largest Monarch butterfly over-wintering groves in California. 2012-2013 butterfly season Alex and I are lucky enough to live just a couple of minutes away from this natural treasure. So beautiful!
Monarch butterflies can not survive cold winters, so they travel in masses up to 3000 miles to small groves along the California coast. How lucky are we to be able to see these spectacular creatures…
Video and photography by Alex Mikhnenko, my husband. Editing by me.
Here is my recent butterfly seamless pattern design inspired by this little wonder. I hope little traveling butterflies come again next year…
Once I received proof swatches of my fabric designs from my Spoonflower
shop, I became very excited to feature them in a video. Well, they ended up to be a new wardrobe for my little stick figure. To be honest, I always thought it was a “boy stick figure”, but it ended up to be a girl ;) Seeing all of these tiny dresses and the real size Strawberry dress made by Vivat Veritas makes me want one of my own…
Do wear clothes with patterns on them or you prefer solid colors? I like both now, but I used to wear less patterns before I started designing them :)
Hello again and greetings from Santa Barbara, California!!! :) Alex and I moved here in March and we plan to stay for a while. During the last couple of months we’ve been settling in our new place, looking around and enjoying the wonderful weather… It is definitely much more hard for me to stay at my computer with the weather this great, hence the lack of updates from me ;) But I finally got my work authorization for the USA and ready to get back to work.
Last weekend Alex and I were in the mood for some adventure Dutch style so we visited SinnerBikes – a very cool place in Groningen where wonderful velomobiles are created and sold. Here is my video with the information about these incredible tricycles. Watch me try one of these things out! I guess we will be buying a velomobile or two in the future… Well, we already have a dream to own a tandem bike for cycling trips, so now we need a big future garage to fit all of those future bicycles in it ;)
Yep! Finally a new video! Sorry for a big pause in uploading my videos, but I’ll try to get better and come up with something fun for you! I hope you like it! Let me know what you think of my Rondy paintings! :)
Hi all! I’ve had lots of fun creating new patterns recently and in this YouTube video episode I show you my seamless patterns inspired by your suggestions and ideas! Thank you for helping me reach 500 seamless patterns! I’m almost there!:)
I love traveling! It is one of the greatest joys for me to get on that train and head to some inspiring place and meet some amazing people. So last weekend Alex and I hoped on a train and 3 hours later we found ourselves in Rotterdam. Take a look at my latest video taking you with us on our weekend trip, showing you my travel sketchbook, colors and brushes and how I draw and paint on the go. Ready? Here we go…