Last month in Lilla Roger's Make Art that Sells Bootcamp we were given an additional assignment to work on during the break for April. We were challenged to play with neutral colors and the first part of the assignment was to paint 50 shades of Taupe. I pulled out my Holbein gouache paints and yummy Arches watercolor paper and went to town mixing up these delicately hued colors.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Over on the Sketchables this week we are sharing Easter Printables.
Download the printable Egg Hunt Memory Game here and the cupcake toppers here.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
I had a little breakthrough about making images for this class. I separated my sketches into the major images and painted those, from there I made them into images on clear backgrounds in Photoshop so I could play with colors, scale and layering. It's a really different way of thinking for me, but it opened up a whole lot of possibilities for designing images for products. I've also been painting and finding my way with gouache - there was lots of light bulb moments this week! Next on my to-do list is to figure out how to make repeating patterns in Photoshop.
If you scroll down and see where I was at a few days ago, you'll understand my excitement. I learned so much in just the first 3 weeks, I can't imagine where I will be in 5 months from now at the end of this class.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Lilla Rogers' Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. This is a 6 month class to build up your portfolio. We are finishing up our final projects for the first month - cell phone covers with clock designs. I love the class, I'm learning so, so much - but boy is it a stretch creatively and professionally.
My goal for the class is create a portfolio that bridges the gap between my bead designs and my illustration. So I'm visiting the themes and motifs used in my beads, but in watercolor and gouache instead of clay and paint. The painting above was a warm up before I jumped into the assignment. I needed to have a practice piece that I could play with and not feel any pressure. I designed something that I'd want on my Ipod, which is always by my side!
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The final postcard. I'm not a designer, so I keep things as simple as possible.
And in black and white, which is what I used on the back of my postcard.
Now to finish my new website and polish up my mailing list, because it's been years since I've sent out a postcard!
Monday, January 20, 2014
I'm digging into gouache and having fun with this new medium. Lots of new ideas to explore!
Monday, January 13, 2014
I bought the book, I Just Like to Make Things by Lila Rogers for my Kindle the other day, I'm thinking I may need to order a real copy of it soon! (Sometimes that happens when I buy an artsy book, I need to hold it in my hands!) I just started reading it and it's already kicking my brain into gear and has me super excited about illustrating, painting and playing!
Has the new year brought a new resolve for your career?