October 2014

So, I have completed my first week of Make Art That Sells and what a week it’s been! This week we covered the bolt fabric market, and as much as I thought I knew about fabric and patterns, I certainly learnt a lot. Lilla Rogers is one of those completely nurturing teachers that you kind of wished you had earlier in your life. She is enthusiastic about everything and in turn, makes you enthusiastic about your own work.

In one week I feel more objective about my style. I am analysing things in more detail, and putting an extra layer of depth into my work. I think it still retains a lot of my personality, but there is so much more to look at and see. These are things I need to be consistently aware of in future work.

Our theme for this week was Root Vegetables and Casseroles. We spent Monday and Tuesday loosely exploring the theme with drawings and experimentations. I did more drawings in those two days than I have done in a very long time.

On Wednesday, we received our main assignment which was to create a pattern based on this theme and using our drawings. I spent my time working up my main pattern in Illustrator and creating two co-ordinates to go with it. I tried very hard to be aware of the tips we had been given during the week, and I mixed up shapes, scale and textures within the work.

Below you can see some pictures from my week from development to the final submitted piece, called Kitsch Kitchen.

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I have made a big decision today. One, that I hope will greatly affect my career in a positive way and help me grow as an artist and designer.

The decision I made was to join Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells e-course. I have consistently been impressed with the quality of work from graduates of the course and thought that this may be what I need to supercharge my work.

Many people often think that I have quite a successful career as an illustrator, and whilst I have had some good projects and clients over the years it’s never been as busy as I would like. Designing for the commercial market and particularly for fabric, gifts and stationery and kids clothes is my ULTIMATE DREAM, and I hope that Lilla and this course will help re-direct me on the right path to achieving that.

The course starts on Monday, and yes, I am feeling a little nervous and overwhelmed. I feel like I am going to school for real, for the first time. I have even found a brand, spanking new and empty sketchbook that was on a shelf ready for all my feverish drawings and ideas.

I’m ready for a new challenge and I’ll keep you all updated with the course in a couple of weeks.

 

I’m excited to share my new surface pattern collection, Into The Wood. It’s a new direction and focus for me, steering myself away from editorial illustrations to my first love of patterns. Ideally, I will begin to license these designs and as my collections grow, I may consider moving all patterns to a new website.

For now, this is my first fully complete collection, Into The Wood:

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