A year ago I had no idea of what I was in for when I signed up for my first pattern class! There are so many different avenues that have opened up for me, illustration being one of them.
I do owe a lot to the classes I've taken through Make Art That Sells. Their programs are amazing! I've been through Bootcamp and Mats A, both I highly recommend if you are interested in surface design. I do plan on taking the rest of them next year in 2018 but first I need to finish off this year!
I am now finding my illustrations and patterns coming together to form something totally new. I love this forever evolving process! It really is true to worry less about the destination and focus more on the journey. There is just so much to enjoy.
Even if only for making patterns sake, I would say that a daily practice of illustration or drawing is extremely important. It will help you make the most out of your motifs, emphasize your unique talent and stand out with your designs.