November 2014

I am writing this at the end of week 5 and the end of the course, but I just wanted to summarise the work and the assignment. We were looking at Wall Art last week which is a very broad and creative field. Really, just about anyone can get work in the wall art market, and thankfully, for us digital artists, the market is opening up to our styles too. For the purposes of exploring my style, I decided to do a bit of painting, and using those textures, I created abstract shapes and floral shapes to form my art. In  our lessons during the week we had been told that adding words can create more of an emotional bond between the person and the art. I wanted something to be empowering, with a ‘Get UP and GO’ feel. I went with, ‘Give Life Everything’ in the end, and felt that words really compliment the art. I’m hoping to have this printed soon as a canvas for my room because I want to be told this every day from now on.

You can see my final piece below from the weeks assignment.

WIP Give Life Everything_Wall Art

My MATS course is rapidly coming to close now *sob*. I am at the end of Week 4 already as I write this and I am so happy with everything I have done and learnt so far.

In week 3, we looked at children’s picture books. Our assignment was to create either a cover or double page spread of Aesop’s Fable, ‘The tortoise and The Hare’.

I chose to do the cover, and after finishing a large commission I knuckled down, sketching tortoise characters and trying to develop a sense of the story.

You can see my development drawings below, as well as my final submission.

After the weekly review for which my piece was included, I think there are certain things I would consider changing. An example of this would be to give a feel of the imminent race and to make the tortoise look more earnest perhaps, and giving this race everything he has. I’m not sure if character development is my strong point yet, but I really did enjoy designing this cover.

Next week I will do a round up of Week 4, where we are exploring the wonderful world of Wall Art. It’s a nice, free week of work and creativity. I look forward to sharing that with you.

WIP Sketches

THE HARE AND THE TORTOISE_SMALL

Some of you have asked me to explain what MATS is. I’m going to attempt to clarify this now. MATS is an e-course run by Lilla Rogers. Over 5 weeks we cover a variety of markets from fabric and home decor to gift. It’s an informative course but it’s primary objective is to allow the course taker to explore their personal style and push themself in new and exciting directions, whilst retaining their essence.

In 2 weeks I have had the pleasure of exploring Bolt Fabric and last week Home Decor. The two were incredibly decorative themes which I quite enjoy, however I found last week to be quite a bit of a challenge.

The theme was to create ceramic plates based on Suzani’s, a decorative floral style design from Uzbekistan (I have attached an example below). My initial sketching was enjoyable, and as I began to develop, I was really enjoying embracing the hand drawn quality of my style. I have been so used to drawing in very neat vectors previously so this is quite new for me. As my designs became more refined, I started to struggle with colour decisions and direction. How was I going to turn these into plates that I would buy, and that were marketable?

I analysed and edited over and over, until everything fell into place. I am so happy with my final designs now, which you can see below.

I can imagine them in Anthropologie or some other store like that. It’s a great portfolio piece to have, and I hope you all like my final design.

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P.S. After looking back at my Bolt Fabric submission from Week 1, I decided I was not too happy with it. Lilla has a mantra, called Change One Thing. Well I changed a few things, but the principle remains the same. By changing the colours and composition and creating new co-ordinates I created an entirely different feel for the work. The collection is now something I can be proud of.

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