Sunday, August 30, 2015

THE CELESTIAL SNEAKER - MY GLOBAL TALENT SEARCH 2015 ENTRY




Well, an awesome brief for the first round of this years 
Global Talent Search, but definitely not easy! 
We were given the demographic for a cool, hipster
girl from Brooklyn, and were tasked with creating
 a pattern for a pair of sneakers for her to wear 
whilst riding her bike to work. "Antoinette" has great
taste! She likes peonies, the mystical, small animals,
birds ... all elements that I love fortunately.
Lilla gave us some on trend colour palettes to
 work with too, if we wanted, which I did!
This is what I came up with, pretty much my
first idea ...




I've seen lots of entries popping up on my Facebook,
 Instagram and Twitter feeds since Friday's deadline, 
and yet again, there are heaps of utterly awesome designs
 from everyone. Bravo!!




Sunday, August 09, 2015

#mygtsprep - getting ready for Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Global Talent Search 2015



A lovely surprise this week in the form of 5 mini
assignments from Lilla at Make Art that Sells,
in preparation for this year's Global Talent Search.
I won a free place in the competition and I'm
really looking forward to it after a couple of weeks
of painting walls and ceilings.

Mini #1
Socks





Mini #2 
Fifty shades of blue



Mini #3
The word "the"



Mini #4
Composition



And Mini #5 today is to answer some questions 
about myself ... aaagghh! I'm putting it off 'til
tomorrow - I HATE talking about myself!!

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

LILLA ROGERS BOOTCAMP ASSIGNMENT - JUNE 2015




Well, June was a bit of a blur - I spent most of it in bed, delirious
with kidney stones and a kidney infection - lovely!
But I was determined to complete the June assignment, the 
last one of Lilla's Bootcamp 2015, and just managed to
make the gallery deadline. 

The mini for June was to draw people, and, if we
wanted to get a head start on the assignment, to draw
them with a digital device ...


The assignment was to illustrate an editorial piece
about being a digital nomad ...



If you're interested in seeing what my classmates got
up to, take a look at the June gallery - there are some 
absolute beauties!


I'm so sad that Bootcamp is over, it's been such fun, 
but I've still got Lilla's  Global Talent Search to look 
forward to. Taking part in it last year gave me such a 
boost, even though I didn't get past the first round!





Thursday, May 28, 2015

BOOTCAMP ASSIGNMENT SUBMISSION AND GALLERY


This was my final submission to the gallery ...






And here's one that got away ...


The gallery is absolutely heaving with the most incredible
array of crustacean plates I've ever seen!

Have a look - here's the link:



Saturday, May 16, 2015

THE LOBSTER



Swapped the crab for a dark blue lobster.  Not  quite finished, but
a definite improvement I think.




Here is the original page of watercolour painting that I used for
the pattern. 



Might try a dark blue crab on this background next, or maybe
a shrimp.


Friday, May 15, 2015

MORE WATERCOLOUR


Cutting and pasting watercolour elements in photoshop ...
I quite like this pattern, but not sure the crab looks right. 
I will try different crustaceans on this background, 
probably in black.



Whilst making a quick mock up plate in Zazzle, I took the opportunity to
change the plate colour. I quite liked this softer background colour,
though the crab looks even worse to me on this one.


I think maybe I just don't like this crab. At all. 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

LILLA ROGERS BOOTCAMP ASSIGNMENT 2015 - MAY - PLATES!!



So the main Bootcamp Assignment for May is plates 
for the home decor market! 

A patterned background with a dark crustacean overlaid.


Here are a few more roughs I did, before we got the 
main assignment ...













Our suggested colour palette for this assignment
 is to use the colours of sea glass/pottery.


Here are my first couple of attempts, VERY rough and basic,
 getting a feel for the colours and shapes ...












Tuesday, May 05, 2015

GLOBAL ART GATHERING, POSTER DESIGN, RUNNER UP!



Well how exciting is this?!

I'm one of 7 runners up in Lilla's
poster design competition!



I am SO pleased! Thank you Lilla! 

Check Lilla's blog post  to see the awesome winning poster, 
and the 6 other brilliant runners up:


and then there are 300 or so other amazing designs in the  
April Bootcamp Gallery to peruse ... do have a look!







Saturday, April 25, 2015

LILLA ROGERS MAKE ART THAT SELLS BOOTCAMP ASSIGNMENT - APRIL






So, the full assignment for April bootcamp was to design 
a poster for Lilla's "Global Art Gathering". 

Lilla has decided to make this a competition, with the
 winning poster being used for promotion of the event!
The design will also be used on promotional postcards.
The winner will receive payment for the design, 
plus a 1:1 portfolio review with Lilla - what a prize!






Here's my design, using the bee idea I had during 
the mini. Somehow, the colour palette we were given
 to use translated pretty well - lucky me!
It was a bit like doing a puzzle, trying to balance all 
the elements, keeping it legible, and hopefully fun too.

I'll post a link to the gallery as soon as it's live - I've
seen so many AWESOME posters from my fellow
campers it's ridiculous!! Unbelievably clever, fun,
beautiful work. Truly inspiring.

Sunday, April 12, 2015

LILLA ROGERS MAKE ART THAT SELLS APRIL ASSIGNMENT MINI - LETTERING



Our mini this month is to play with lettering.

Lilla is hosting an awesome event in Brighton
on June 12th - The Global Art Gathering.

We are to design a poster for this event for the
 April assignment, as a real brief! OMG!! 
We get the full assignment tomorrow.



I did pages and pages of lettering, but it wasn't
very inspired! So I started to think about the 
overall feel I wanted. I've jumped the gun a bit, 
but I found it easier to play with the lettering 
working this way.


Brighton will be buzzing! 

And as one of my
fellow bootcampers said,
 we're like bees to honey!






Friday, April 10, 2015

RAINBOW COLOURS


Here's a look at what I've been up to - 
playing around with the same colour palette ...



Re-working a bug


Let go



I liked these sleeves, but they
don't work in this image. 







Same colours, more doodling. 




And now it's back to bootcamp!