Surface Pattern Design

This month I have started the Make it in Design Course – Module 2! It is super exciting, as I am now developing real collections of surface patterns for licensing. This is something that I have been wanting to expand my career into for quite a while and I am very excited to finally get a chance to explore it further!

Here I am sharing my moldboard that I based my sketches and color choices on and below is the collection that I came up with. Let me know what you all think – I would love the feedback 🙂

Coffee blend collection


Make it in Design – Surface design experimentation

Last week I started a surface design class online to get some more experience and a better understanding of the market. The first week has mainly experimentation with mark making and seeking inspiration. It was been very insightful this far and I want to share some of the work that I have been doing with you guys.



Drawing the same object again and again in everything from 10 seconds to 3 minutes. 

Exploring successful repeat patterns and deconstructing them to understand what shapes goes into the design and then exploring some sketching on my own. 


Exploring sketching with different mediums and strong colors. 

More sketchbook / mark – making exploration 


Hello everyone and Happy Autumn!

I have been very busy producing my own coloring book for the last three months and I am proud to say that it looks like it will be finished this november and ready for publication before December 1st. It is a super exciting project and I cannot wait to see it in paper form. I will let you all know when when it is available online!

In the mean time though, my favorite month of the year is here! October means Inktober – a worldwide movement of artist and creatives doing a daily ink drawing in the month of October. I am stoked to share with you my first Inktober drawing and hope you will participate in this artistic journey with me this October.


Inktober 1/31 is titled “The magic of ink”

Love birds

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I am currently working on an exciting project for a new client in Australia! Unfortunately I can’t share it until it is published in February 2017. In the mean time though, I sometimes have some time to continue working on my own coloring book. Here are some lovebirds in progress for my bird book 🙂

Birds are such beautiful creatures

Yet another page from my new coloring book in progress. This is one of my favorites from the book so far. I just love drawing birds, and especially ones that are in mid air interacting with one another. How wonderful it must be to fly!

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Back to the Sketchbook!

I am finally back in Denmark, my home country after spending the last eight years pursuing art in the U.S. I am super excited to be home and I have a whole new burst of inspiration from the new surroundings. I have been out of the sketchbook for a month and my fingers are crawling to get back at it. This morning I started with some light pattern sketches. I can’t wait to really get going!

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Happy NEW YEAR Everyone! Welcome 2016!

year in review

I want to thank everyone who has supported, inspired or just made an impact on my creative life and career in 2015. So much has happened in the last year and I have developed tremendously both creatively and as a person. I have graduated with a BFA in Illustration and relocated to the inspiring New York City. I have had amazing opportunities along the way and I feel truly fortunate to be abe to follow my dream of becoming a freelance artist. Here is a bit of my creative year 2015 in review. I am so excited for all the projects to come in 2016. Thank you for following Olivia Linn Illustration 🙂
I wish you all a creative and productive new year!