Why patterns? / by Audie Cunningham

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It's sometimes hard to explain to people exactly what it is that I do and why I love it. The simple answer is that I create digital images that can be used for commercial applications. Boring right? Surface design is essentially creating imagery that can be placed on a manufactured product to make it aesthetically pleasing. Once you get it you will start seeing it every where! I like surface design because it was the perfect marriage of my love for fine art and my desire to work digitally. I enjoy the manipulation process of digital work and being able to change a piece of art into something completely different than what you began with using digital tools. I also enjoy painting and the colors that come from gouache and watercolor in a natural and more organic way than you traditionally get with digital art. Thus began a deep seeded obsession with surface pattern design. I'm so blessed to have found something that I truly love to do everyday. I wake up with ideas for new patterns and illustrations and I can spend hours working on a surface design without even realizing how much time has passed. I get inspiration often and I feel like I will never have enough time to do all of the things I want to do. In other words, surface design lights my fire EVERY DAMN DAY.

I am so happy that I am able to share this love and passion with you. Sharing my artwork hasn't always come easy. The only way it gets better is to just keep doing it. It's being vulnerable and taking risks over and over and over to make that fear subside. I won't say it goes away, but it definitely gets easier. 

These two things are the best part of being an artist. Finding a niche that works for your skills and interests and lights your fire everyday and the ability to be vulnerable and share it with the world. What lights your fire and what are you doing to share it with the world?