Meet Clea Broad
Before my journey with surface pattern design, I was working in various creative fields, such as styling, millinery, floristry, and prop making. When the pandemic hit in 2020, all my work stopped and the only blessing was that I had some time to explore digital art; an area where I had no experience.
When I discovered Bonnie Christine, I realised that she was the perfect person to demystify Adobe Illustrator which felt like my nemesis at the time! The only thing that was a barrier for me to join Immersion in 2021 was the price tag. It felt like a big investment in myself, but I decided I was worth the investment. It turned out I was right as my first licensing contract for fabric, which featured patterns I created during Immersion, more than covered the fee!
I loved the easy-to-follow Illustrator lessons, the live calls, the fantastic bonus content, and the incredible support staff and community. I loved the course so much, I took it again as an alum in 2022, which allowed me to level up my Illustrator even more!
Since then I've secured more licensing deals and have built a strong portfolio that I'm very proud of. Bonnie has also been a real inspiration and a shining example of creative entrepreneurship. Without seeing how impactful an educator and entrepreneur like Bonnie can be, I might not have ever thought of all the ways I can creatively move through this world, or been brave enough to dare to dream and forge my own path.
If you’re on the fence about taking Immersion I would recommend asking any nagging questions you might have to Bonnie’s support team or Alumni. Everyone is so friendly and wants the best for you, including your success. I'd also recommend taking her free courses and listening to her podcast. They will give you a really good idea of Bonnie's teaching style and what to expect.