Lilla Rogers Tag

This March I have just completed Part B of the Lilla Rogers e-course. This was a follow on to Part A and sees a new market being introduced each week for 5 weeks. For me on a personal level, completing the assignments was strenuous. I lost my dad and my cat in March and was emotionally exhausted (I still am). Finding a little energy each day I managed to get though the assignments, completing artwork for the markets: stationery and card, kids clothing, scarpbooking, editorial and party paper.

You can see my final pieces below (minus 1).

I’m about to restart Bootcamp now, so will be posting monthly reviews of my work for the next 3 months.

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Wall Art was the flavour of the month and the theme was scenic vintage plates.

After researching and sketching a little (a very little due to time restraints), I started focusing on folk style houses.

The main assignment was to paint on a round wood slice, and with some experimenting I opted to do a digital illustration rendered onto the wood.

You can see my final artwork below and you can access the entire class gallery HERE.

I’m looking forward to starting MATS Part B on Monday now. I enjoy the intensity of this course and how much I can learn and grow in just 5 weeks.

I’ll be doing my weekly blog roundups during the course so check back here then.

Have a creative day!

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A look at some of the development work and my final design for January’s Assignment Bootcamp.

I have just signed up to do Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells Part B course which starts in March.

This course is different to Bootcamp. It is over 5 weeks and will cover various markets each week including paper goods, kids clothes and editorial.

I love the fast pace of this course and I learnt so much from Part A, that I am so buzzed to be taking the next one. I’ll keep you all updated here.

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It’s been well over a week and a half now since my final week of Make Art That Sells Part A ended.  In the final week, we looked at the gift market and how gloriously exciting it all is. There are just so many opportunities out there and Lilla Rogers outlined a few of these in our weekly posts.

For our assignment in the final week, we had to design a zipper pouch based on collections from our house. I pulled together some items including stamps, owls, shells and photographed and drew them. It was so surprising how much character I found when drawing the owls, and I knew these would form the basis of my design.

You can see below drawings I made and the final piece I created. The process was so interesting and I kept in mind all the tips Lilla had imparted over the previous 4 weeks. Things like “obsessing the minutiae” really resonated. I always made sure to look and see what else I could add to make it really pop.

To finish off the final week, my piece was also chosen in the review, and Lilla mentioned how she loved the notebook with  the co-ordinating pattern I created. She also loved the layout and presentation of my piece. This is something I have been working hard towards as well. Presentation is key when showing you work to potential new clients.

Overall, the 5 weeks were a great experience for me. It was so inspiring and has pushed me to be more creative than ever. I have never drawn so much!

MATS has truly invigorated me to achieve more and try more. I am now looking forward to taking part in the Assignment Bootcamp starting in January. This is a 6 month long course where we get one project per month which will be so great for my portfolio. I’ll be sharing more about that when it starts.

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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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