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Sara creates whimsical watercolor illustrations that combine the best of both hand drawn, painted and digital to help each client create exactly what they need. Contact her for custom illustrations, licensing and availability!

MATS Bootcamp in February

I've finished my first assignment for Make Art That Sells Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers. Hooray! The theme was based on cuckoo clocks and we were told to design them for an iphone case. I was really excited with the theme as it reminded me of my trip to Germany many moons ago! I remember being fascinating by a specialty store filled to the brim with these cute little clocks. All of the different clocks were cuckooing out of sync in a haphazard but charming way. As I started sketching, it started to sink in just how much detail there is in one single cuckoo clock. Oh my! I sketched my way through several cuckoo clocks. There were many directions to go in! At first I was drawn to the bavarian folksy dancers, and then I turned my attention back to the birds. I wanted to put a more modern twist on the house, but keep the sense of nature and whimsy that naturally comes with clock. 

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This was a good but tough and challenging assignment. I enjoyed playing with my textures and layers but really tried to push myself with the colors. Also I am a "put a bird on it" kind of girl, so it was a natural progression to really emphasize the birds. I think this assignment challenged me to refine my process and keep a really close eye on color. You can see here my first colors were softer and more pink, then I explored a much warmer palette which I really liked.

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One small breakthrough I had was in the way that I combined the watercolor elements with bits of flat color to give it more contrast. I really like the way it gave the birds more "pop". I am still refining my process, and I definitely would like to work on my presentation more. It's even more challenging seeing so much amazing artwork roll in on Facebook. I love to see how everyone has such a different style even when the same subject matter is presented. I'm looking forward to the next months assignment and would like to keep developing my process and my style. Here is the final case that I submitted:

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Once I was happy with a case design, I had some more time to work on coordinating patterns. Yippy!! I really loved making the bird pattern, and had fun playing with elements such as the musical notes (reminiscent of my visit to the cuckoo clock store). I also really liked exploring the clocks repeating on a dark background. I really had a blast working on these coordinates!

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The MATS Bootcamp February Gallery

New Paintings!

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