Above: Geometric Patchwork Backpack
This year, I decided to take part in the wonderful Make Art That Sells Bootcamp. For those not in the know, this is a 5 month course set up by art agent, Lilla Rogers. Each month a brief is set and students create artwork for their portfolios in direct response to this brief. It’s challenging, exciting and a real learning curve. I took part in the Bootcamp 2 years ago, and it was a fantastic experience where my work rapidly developed, and resulted in commissions for me.
So, in 2017, I decided to give it another go, and we have just come to the end of our March brief which was to design an abstract pattern for a backpack.
Designing abstracts can be quite difficult when your work is very illustrative and decorative. Using my reference sketches, and photos I was eventually able to come up with some simple icons and shapes that could be connected together to create my pattern. It’s a youthful, playful print which I am quite happy with.
At the end of each month, I am going to write myself some small goals for the following month. I recently joined an accountability group with a few other illustrators and designers. We share goals both short and long term, and will catch up with each other to see how things are going. It’s a great way to remain focused and feel both supported and motivated.
- Blog at least twice per month to look at what work I am doing, commissions, or coursework.
- Design greeting cards for upcoming occasions and holidays.
- Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp for April.
- Add more prints to my online shop.
- show new work to clients.
- Send a newsletter out.
- Go to the British Museum
- Visit art exhibitions in London.
- Draw daily in my sketchbook.