The Global Talent Search 2014

This month I participated in The Global Talent Search where hundreds of talented artists competed to win representation by Lilla Rogers. The assignment had us drawing inspiration from terrariums. I explored colors, lines, shapes, textures, compositions etc. I have piles and piles of drawings and paint textures. Here you can see my process for creating:

I did not submit any of these pieces as the final. I just wanted to keep playing with color, compositions and drawings to see where it would take me. I really love the process of creating and often will get caught up in a rabbit hole of exploration. I just love the possibilities of what something could be. And to say "this is it" is so hard, especially for a Libra like me! Without feedback from the outside world, it really comes down to what I would pick for myself. The decisions was weighing on me all week. In order to decide, I had to really think about what my usual style is, and what kinds of techniques I normally like to use. The final piece I submitted was this:

The reason I chose this piece over the others was because:

a) I really love these colors!
b) It feels like me.
c) I love to draw with dipping pens. All of these drawings were spontaneously created out of joy after completing the above versions!
d) At some point it feels really good to just commit to a piece and say "Yes this IS it!"

So after happily clicking on the submit button, I came crashing down from the decision and turned my computer into the Apple store for a minor repair. What a relief to turn things in and take a breather!

HA! I'm an artist, I don't take breathers. :-) I promptly came home from dinner and took all of my waning post-GTS energy and POURED it into these peaceful watercolors... of... you guessed it! TERRARIUMS. Whatever the outcome will be from GTS, I am happy I participated and it really just confirmed the things I already know: I love to create, I love to draw, I love color and of course I love to paint. 

The Bootcamp Wrap Up

It's been 6 month of Bootcamping for me with Make Art That Sells by Lilla Rogers. It's been another great journey in art making! Here you can see the progression:

This was the first month and I was pretty happy with my cuckoo clock assignment. I learned a lot about color this month as Lilla pushed us to try new things.

The next assignment was for bolt fabric drawing lots and lots of jello! This was a challenging month! I ended up going with these silly dogs working out to jello props. I did a million versions before this one, like I said it was pretty challenging trying to incorporate jello into a design, so I ended up using the dogs to add a little sense of humor.

The next month was for editorial which was great. I love this market! I've been doing a lot of editorial assignments since taking Lilla's class last year. Hooray and thank you Lilla! This time I wanted to stretch myself and try a few new techniques with mixing textures and vector. I found it really fun drawing faces and that challenged me. I drew many many faces on paper first before trying to draw faces in Illustrator. I would love to do some more pieces about meditation. Since this assignment I have also become a regular at practicing meditation and yoga! Thank you again Lilla!

The next assignment was to draw a ship in a bottle for wall art. I really enjoy wall art as a market, but was challenged by the idea of a ship in a bottle. I decided I wanted to abstract the bottle and use geometrics as a way to reflect the ship's sails but also add texture to it. I have tons of other drawings so I would like to revisit this assignment when I have more time.

The final assignment was my favorite month of all. You were to draw your beverage every day and make a piece of art you would hang on your wall. I really enjoyed the process and felt free to explore non digital designs. This is called the Berry Mojito Sparkler which was a new drink at Starbucks that I tried. I really love the way the colors and textures turned out and I made it entirely with acrylic and oil pastels, on paper! I made a lot of pieces for this month, so I actually submitted a different design, but now of course, I wish I had submitted this one instead. :-) It's all a learning process on what I like and don't like. Something I'll be continuing to learn indefinitely I think. Lilla's class was a great way to push me and try new things. As usual I love taking her classes and always feel like I've learned a lot.

Now that Bootcamp is over I'll be throwing my hat in the ring for Global Talent Search 2014 with Lilla Rogers! I'm just going to be myself and have fun!