Friday, February 28, 2014

Make Art That Sells~February Gallery!

As I said earlier, I'd post the link to the MATS Assignment Bootcamp February Gallery. It went live on Tuesday and is up for all to view! There's lots of great work in there from artists all over the world. I am still looking through the gallery myself--it's huge!
My work is in there too, at the bottom of page 4. :-)

Monday begins our assignment for March, new sketches to come...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

MATS February Assignment~Phone Case Final!

Just finished my final design for the Make Art That Sells assignment for February, which was to design a cell phone case based around our cuckoo clock illustrations. I went with a Native American inspired design. During the assignment we were given a lot of great tips regarding color palettes, how to discover color trends, etc. I'm really proud of how the design turned out and I am glad that I went outside my comfort zone regarding color, instead of using colors I would typically go with. 
I have submitted my design to the monthly class gallery, which goes live on Tuesday. I'll be posting the link to that.
Really looking forward to seeing what March has in store!

Sunday, February 16, 2014

Make Art That Sells~February Assignment: Cell Phone Cases!

So last week we got the February Assignment from MATS. We are to create a cell phone case with our cuckoo clock design. I am currently in the final drawing stage and very close to going to color--(only one more week until the deadline!!) I went with a Native American inspired look for my design. So far I am happy with it but I think for the March assignment I am going to play with more ideas, more designs...More than one illustration.
We can only submit one piece to the class gallery each month--this got me to think how great would it be to have options and to choose the best piece from a group of designs/illustrations.
This is my first time taking this class so it is a learning experience for me. I would like to try a simpler illustration for the March assignment, depending on what it is. I am naturally very detailed in my work and getting simple illustration and simple design down is a big challenge for me, yet it is definitely a look I want to experiment with.

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp~February Mini

So a while back I found a great class online called Make Art That Sells. They teach a two-part course for some really great markets out there available to illustrators/designers, such as giftware, home decor, children's books, surface design, etc. I found out about their Assignment Bootcamp, which runs for 6 months, from February-July. We get an assignment every month, starting with a mini warm-up assignment the first week. For February, our mini warm-up is cuckoo clocks!

So...I did a clock design once for a client and it came out pretty first I was hesitant about doing a clock design/illustration. I wasn't sure where to go with this design but I thought it would be a good idea to break down the clock into parts (clock face, minute/hour hand, etc...)
Yesterday I put together a really great drawing (bottom) that I feel has somewhat of a Native American feel to it. I was actually inspired by some really awesome reference/still shots I had of a Mickey Mouse cartoon called "Yodelberg."
Tomorrow the main assignment for February is released and I can't wait to see how it relates to cuckoo clocks! I would love to take this clock to final--I think it could have some really great earth tone colors. :-)
I'm looking forward to future minis/assignments from this class! I'm hoping that with each month I can build on more and more drawing at the beginning stages. :-)