When it comes to running a successful beading business, more and more bead artists are turning to selling their original beading patterns direct to customers through online shops like Etsy, ArtFire, and their own websites. Beaders everywhere are hungry for new beading projects to try, and you can help satisfy that demand while honing your skills in writing and illustrating beading instructions.
Bead artist Cynthia Newcomer Daniel, an independent bead artist from northern California, has made over 5,000 sales of her beading patterns in her Etsy store. What's her secret? Great designs, and great illustrations. Here are some of her reasons why you need to know about illustrating your own beading patterns:
There are many ways to illustrate bead patterns; what's the big deal about vector graphics?
It comes down to three things: size, graphic quality and time. Vector graphic programs – Illustrator is my choice – turn out graphics in smaller file sizes than photographs, or comparable drawings using a raster drawing program. This means that you can include as many illustrations as you like without worrying about making the file too big to be emailed or downloaded. Vector graphics can also be made as large or small as you like with no loss of quality; if you try to make a raster graphic bigger or smaller, it will distort and the edges will turn "jagged." I used raster graphics for many years, and that difference alone is worth making the switch. The last reason matters only to the person creating the graphics: they save time. You can build a library of bead shapes and sizes to use over and over again. If you want to change the color, type or size of a bead in a series of drawings, you can do it in a couple of clicks, with no worries about missing any of them. And that's just the beginning; the more you use vector graphics, the more reasons you'll find to love them.
Your photos, drawings, and words are all your customer has. You won't be there to show them what to do, so take the time to learn how to use your publishing tools to the best of your ability before you publish your first pattern. Your photos must be in focus and close up. Your step-by-step diagrams need to show thread paths, and your instructions need to be written so that your customers can follow them. Look at magazines and books and critique the instructions published there. Try to emulate those that you find easy to follow. Be prepared to work very hard for very little money, at least at first; as you become more proficient with your tools. Eventually, you will learn how to draw and write faster, but it will take time for that to happen.
Now, you can listen in on a live webinar with Cynthia Newcomer Daniel and get expert tips and instruction on how to use Illustrator to create your own seed bead patterns! Join us on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST for a LIVE webinar, Getting Started with Vector Graphics for Beading Diagrams: How to Draw Your Own Bead Patterns in Adobe Illustrator. You'll have the chance to ask questions, and after the webinar is over, you'll be able to download a recording of the entire session that you can refer to again and again as you hone your skills in Adobe Illustrator.
After you purchase your "seat" for the webinar in the Beading Daily Shop, you will receive a confirmation email with all the information that you need to complete your online registration. It is recommended that you have a high-speed internet connection for the best experience watching this webinar, and make sure you give yourself time to troubleshoot any technical issues by logging in early.
Register now for this very special live and interactive event, Getting Started with Vector Graphics for Beading Diagrams: How to Draw Your Own Bead Patterns in Adobe Illustrator, on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 1 p.m. EST. See how you can create your own easy-to-follow beading patterns, and grow your customer base!
Join bead artist Cynthia Newcomer Daniel and discover how to create bead diagrams using Adobe ...