Monday, May 26, 2014

Birthday Card Contest Entry


This is a birthday card design for a competition that Tigerprint is hosting.  The assignment was birthday cards for pre-teen girls featuring kid characters.  I went all old-school and pulled out the salt to make stars in my paints. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

May MATS Bootcamp

This month for Lilla Roger's Make Art That Sells Bootcamp we were challenged with an editorial assignment with a yoga theme.  We were given an article to illustrate along with all of Lilla's awesome tips for working on the assignment.  The focus of the article were tips for those who find yoga a struggle.  I am going to sketch out a few more yoga, mindfulness, mediation pieces for teens.  This hits home for me as I love mindfulness to work through stress!    

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Make Art That Sells Bootcamp

This month we are starting the MATS Bootcamp with vintage dolls & faces as our first assignment. I love nesting dolls and thought a Little Red Riding Hood would be a fun take.

And then I moved on to Alice & Friends. 

And revisited them as tiny dolls. 

Which led to a page or so of flower sketches inspired by the talking flowers from Wonderland. These are my favorites. 

Which ended up back with nesting dolls. 

These are all just for fun and to warm up for our big assignment for the month. 
Stay tuned! 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Black and White Portfolio Pieces



Don't you just love items checked off a to-do list?  One long overdue item on my list was a black & white gallery on my portfolio.

In fact, I was a little crazed last night and updated my entire portfolio.  I'm feeling like it's coming together now with the watercolor samples adding up. I have a Products and Projects gallery showing my work in action thanks to the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp.. And I made a new banner for the website and blog - peek up there. It's a rare day - I'm pretty happy with my portfolio at the moment. It's a nice mix of new work and favorites, all whittled down to my strongest pieces.

Now to get my promo postcards finally in the mail...


Friday, April 18, 2014

50 Shades of Taupe Assignment

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.
Lilla encouraged us to make an affirmation using our new found color palette.  I've been smitten with this quote I recently discovered from Van Gogh and decided this was the message that most spoke to me.
I enjoyed painting the quote so much that I did one in another color palette that was shared with us. I love the color palettes from bootcamp because they really push me out of my comfort zone. Now to hang these in my studio!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Easter Printables

Over on the Sketchables this week we are sharing Easter Printables.
First I created a memory card game with an Easter Egg Hunt theme.  I miss hunting for Easter Eggs - my teenagers are long passed that tradition and we don't have many small ones in our family - everyone is growing up. I still dye eggs, sometimes the teens join me.  Teens are funny, they don't want to be treated like kids but there is something comforting about holding on to those childhood traditions.  

And since I had all these fun icons from the card game I decided to design some cute little cupcake toppers too. Hmm, vanilla bean cupcakes.  My only regret - no jelly beans to include in this photo.

Download the printable Egg Hunt Memory Game here and the cupcake toppers here.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Make Art that Sells - 1st Class Assignment Complete!

I feel like there should be some fan-fare, a marching band, some fireworks - something to show you how excited I am that I have put together this collection of images from my first assignment for Lilla Rogers' Make Art that Sells Bootcamp! 

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.