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At the age of 56, I found myself starting to worry about what would happen once I retired as I had no real ‘plan’ up to that point. I wanted to be able to do something that would bring in a little extra money to supplement our superannuation fund and our savings. I came across Bonnie’s Skillshare classes and discovered that ‘surface pattern design’ existed.
I watched all her classes and tried to put into practice what I was learning. I was an absolute beginner to Illustrator and learned a lot—Bonnie was such a great teacher and explained everything so clearly. I was curious enough to check out her website and read about the Immersion course. I joined Flourish as well and tried to consistently create art.
Now, I’ll be the first to admit that I’m no Michelangelo, but as Bonnie scanned in and vectorized leaves and ferns I found myself thinking I could definitely do that! It gave me the confidence to enroll in the Immersion 2021 Course. It was a financial commitment for me, but I’m so glad I did it as I learned so much over the next 8 weeks.
There was a lot of new information to take in, but it was great to be able to replay the lessons as many times as needed, and during the past year I have replayed lessons when I needed a refresh on some aspect or other.
One major win for me last year was that I entered some designs in a competition in August 2021 which I won! Even though I only came across the submission form three days before it closed, I remembered the lessons on portfolios and how to put them together in a cohesive manner – I really believe this is what made my entry stand out from the other entries.
I would encourage anyone who is interested in this subject to join the Immersion course! The community is amazing, supportive, always ready to answer your queries, and gently steer you in the right direction.
If you really love something, you’ll always make the time for it – I have a full-time job and a family, but I still get my ‘one thing a day’ done!