Hello friends, I've got exciting news! I've just graduated from the life-changing e-course Make Art That Sells by Lilla Rogers. WOW!! I have learned SO much in just 5 weeks! Lilla Rogers is an amazing teacher (and agent) and her e-course knocked it out of the park.Beth Kempton was also amazing and kept everything smooth and super organized. If you've been wondering where I disappeared to this past month, this is what happened to me! See the progression of my work from Week 1 - Week 5.
Week 1: Bolt Fabric
I was traveling in Europe (yes more on that soon!) during the first week but was obsessively looking for wifi from Copenhagen to follow along with the class posts. I did some sketches for this weeks assignment but will need to revisit it soon. I drew these on a very early morning flight which kept me awake! :) Our assignment was to make an interesting fabric design using mushrooms and casserole dishes. The bolt fabric market has definitely intrigued me. One thing I learned right away from this class was to just have fun, let go and explore. OK, awesome!
Week 2: Home Decor
This week was one of the reason's I signed up for this course! I am very interested in this market and have learned so much more about it. Thank you Lilla! The assignment was to create a dinnerware set with the theme "Odd Pods". I made a combination of artwork from markers, watercolor crayons and (my new favorite) paper cutouts to create these. In this week I really learned more about color and how to pick great colors that work well together. I have always loved color and I feel like I made major improvements on color because of this course. Here's the result:
Another challenge to this project was designing for a circle. I really liked that for a change! Here are some of the original drawings and paper cutouts I made. Drawing with scissors is really a fun thing to do if you like making a mess :)
Week 3: Children's Books
This is a challenging market but Lilla broke it down! I learned how to focus in on what matters most for this industry. This assignment is based on the story of an unhappy snail and a generous rose tree. I feel like I could revisit this assignment and make improvements. Here is my book cover illustration:
With this assignment I learned more about my process and what works for me. I wonder if I tried this same cover in a different style how it would turn out?
Here are some snail sketches:
Week 4: Wall Art
I felt like this market was a good fit for me as I love the freedom of abstract art. I focused on collaging elements of my paintings, textures and scanned imagery until it had a strong composition. I also explored painting without the computer. You can see the difference between these pieces. I enjoyed working both digitally and traditionally. Ultimately though working digitally goes a lot faster and having layers is a big advantage for me. I want to explore more artwork in this category as I really enjoyed it!
Here are my paintings. After scanning in the originals (top two) I recolored them a few times in Photoshop just to compare. Do you have any favorite colorways?
Here I am taking over the kitchen to paint these:
Here is my digital wall art collage which used many scans of watercolors, cut paper and painted textures. I learned that I really like working in limited color palettes.
Here I am working on some textures:
Week 5: Gift
Our last assignment was to create a very lush zipper pouch design. I was inspired by collections from my past, present and my recent travels. I used a variety of elements as my jumping off point for these designs. The goal was to experiment in combining vintage ephemera with my photos, drawings and paintings. It was another challenging week but I am happy with the results! I learned how to not be afraid to add photos or collage elements to my work.
Overall I am really glad I took this course. I feel like I made big improvements in my style and expanded my range of work for these new markets. The group camaraderie was also fantastic! I am looking forward to repeating some of these assignments to continue to grow and make new artwork. Lilla's course made a very big impact on me and for that I truly thank her. It all started because I bought her book in January called I Just Like to Make Things which then lead to taking her course. I really feel like just "going for it" now!! Yippy skippy!!