Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MORE WALL ART







Started another bug yesterday, but wasn't 
very pleased with progress, so ...





began doodling again, with a colour palette from Bootcamp Assignment
January 2015, suggested by Lilla for our journal covers - she 
showed us a photo of a window display, and I've picked the colours
from there. The colours of jewels on a dark background.




This bird reminds me of a pair of gloves my mum knitted for
me when I was at high school. They were so lovely that she
ended up having to knit pairs for all of my friends too!








Monday, March 09, 2015

SECRET GARDEN




Still stuck on wood ...


... and bugs!

 Whilst bootcamp has a month's break, I am 
taking the time to explore all the ideas I've 
had during the Jan and Feb assignments. 


Sunday, March 01, 2015

DOODLING



Last night's doodles ...






This was the start of the doodling, in photoshop, 
over a scanned pencil sketch of a doll.





Haven't finished fiddling with it just yet!


Tuesday, February 24, 2015

LILLA ROGERS MAKE ART THAT SELLS BOOTCAMP ASSIGNMENT - FEBRUARY




So, Lilla  likes to throw in a curve ball every now and then, 
and this month, after drawing scenes on plates for the mini,
our assignment was to produce wall art, painted on wood if 
possible!
 Realising that my painting skills are rusty, combined
with the fact that I have never painted on wood before, 
I decided to choose a simpler design to work with!






I pinched the butterfly from a previous plate drawing
and added some flowers.
Due to untimely sickness, my painted version is a 
work in progress, and I had to submit this digital
version to the gallery. Bit disappointed about that, 
but determined to finish the painted version!

Yesterday this butterfly gained a partner ...




See all the delicious eye candy from my 
fellow bootcampers in our class gallery - 
Lilla's been sprinkling her awesome sauce 
again!






Tuesday, February 10, 2015

AN HONOURABLE MENTION FROM MISS LILLA!


In a previous post I showed my manifesto entry
for a competition run by Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells.
And I found out yesterday that my little bug lady has had an
honourable mention and has won me free entry into this
years Global Talent Search!
 I'm so happy!!


The competition winner was Shannon  Newlin, with a gorgeous 
manifesto - big congrats to Shannon! And there
were 3 other honourable mentions whose manifesto's
were amazing too ... you can see them all  HERE





Saturday, February 07, 2015

AND MORE PLATES


Today's messing about, and a couple  of mock ups
to see how the designs translate ...

A blue bug lady

I think a border might be in order.



And a bit of Spring with these primroses.
This started life very pale, and then I switched the background 
colour by mistake. 
I'm rather fond of this!

Friday, February 06, 2015

MORE SCENIC PLATES








So, more sketching of plate style scenics. I have to say I
can't believe how much I'm enjoying making up these
little scenes. First up, and I'm trying something a bit cuter
 and a bit simpler ...




This next one began as another cutie, but I couldn't resist
 sneaking a bit of intrigue into the background!







I am also working on some illustrations for a wind ensemble.
Here are my first roughs ...



And then some rather more sensible ones ...








Wednesday, February 04, 2015

FEBRUARY ASSIGNMENT MINI - SCENIC PLATES


 For the Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells February Assignment mini 
I am to draw charming, romantic, scenic plates.
 I've stuck with the Edwardian era and am immersed in a world
of country estates, secret gardens, topiary, knot gardens, 
dovecotes, picnic hampers, secret  trysts ...



Plate #1, pretty much my first idea




Plate #1 with quick colour wash. I had these kind of 
colours in mind from the start - dreaming of Spring I think!



Plate #2, slightly blue



Plate #3, a gentleman arrives on the scene.










Monday, February 02, 2015

MY MANIFESTO


The brief from Lilla Rogers, Make Art That Sells - design your own manifesto,
to show how taking her courses has made you feel as an artist, lessons learnt etc.
This is the image I submitted, and the biggest lesson I have learnt so far.
It is all too easy to be influenced by all the great illustrators out there, to wish
that their work was yours, to compare and be disappointed with yourself 
etc etc.
 I've finally let go of all that constraint. What a relief!





My original plan for the manifesto was to create a patchwork of images ...








I like all these individually, but struggled to make one piece
with them. It worked to an extent, but wasn't well balanced .


It needs to be 3 images wide and 3 deep, so I will
add to my patchwork as I learn more during this course.
It's only the first month of six after all!









Monday, January 26, 2015

LILLA ROGERS MAKE ART THAT SELLS ASSIGNMENT BOOTCAMP - THE JANUARY ASSIGNMENT








My first journal design - I spent days trying to work out which colours
 where on this one, ( we were given a suggested colour palette to
 use if we wanted, and I chose to use it - I love a challenge!)
I finished this with a week to spare, so I carried on with other ideas ...












Inspiration was easy to find - the Edwardians were my kind 
of people - bonkers! I loved this vaudeville lady with her
troupe of cockatoos, and I will finish this illustration.

I plumped for this one in the end ...



I'm L O V I N G  being part of this bootcamp - everyone is so
friendly and encouraging. It's a blast!!

The gallery goes live tomorrow 27.1.15 - go have a look - 
 there is some incredible artwork on show!






LILLA ROGERS ASSIGNMENT BOOTCAMP 2015, JANUARY MINI


First the warm up, a mini assignment for the first week
and we're drawing Edwardian brooches ... any direction
you want to go in!
My first page of roughs ..
A bit of collage with tissue paper and sweet wrappers ...



Combining collage and photoshop ...




And next post, the January assignment - to design a journal cover
on the same theme. What larks!!