Friday, 21 February 2014

New Blog Header

Using the stamps I created for Assignment Bootcamp - 

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Thursday, 20 February 2014

Cuckoo clocks - the final reveal!

I've submitted my design for the February deadline today. The course isn't a competition, so there's no judging, however at the end of each assignment a public gallery is revealed and shared with different companies who may be looking for illustrators, so it's worthwhile keeping to the deadlines!

Here were my three contenders by this morning -


By lunchtime I'd also added these two - (yes, I was meant to be narrowing things down not adding more choices!!) 

Before I reveal which design was chosen, here's a few things I want to do for the next assignment:

  • I want to create co-ordinate patterns - I've seen some amazing example from other students, and it makes so much sense.
  • I want to design a proper presentation document - once again seeing what some others have produced really makes me want to "up my game". 
  • And I want to try and get a more consistent style happening - I know it only happens the more you draw, so this intense drawing time is great, but it is an issue if every design looks too different one from the other! Although there are definitely similarities between my designs, they might not be pronounced enough.

So, without further ado, and thanks to the help and advice from fellow MATS students as well as friends and family, the grand winner that I chose to submit was...

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Sunday, 16 February 2014

Going Cuckoo over the design process!

Whilst working on my Assignment Bootcamp brief, I've taken quite a few screenshots from the first design to the last. This design actually involved quite a few back and forth decisions, and input from my fellow MATS (make art that sells) classmates.

First Design                                        Last Design

In Between ideas - Already so much of an improvement from the first one.

For some reason I felt as if the orange - which worked well before - didn't work so well now.

So back to the original pink, and finally I have a working design!
The clocks are so static in image from that I wanted to add some movement by having some birds in flight. I think it adds more energy to the design. What do you think?

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Wednesday, 12 February 2014

Cuckoo clock phone cases - first ideas

On Monday we found out that the cuckoo clock drawings we'd done in the past week were going to be used on phone covers. 
Cue me suddenly feeling really stressed! I don't know what happened but I just kept thinking "I can't do this". As an attempt to get my thoughts back in order, I decided to think about a simple repeat pattern, just to get me started.

If you want to know how to do a repeat pattern using paper and scissors, head over here, it's the best tutorial I've found so far.

After 2 days of drawing and painting I finished with this piece. I did play with different levels of colour saturations and the one that came up as winner was the brighter one, so from now I'll try and keep to a more intense colour palette for this brief.

As this piece took quite a while and needed a fairly big level of accuracy with my paint, I then tried a much looser approach. I actually used Brusho for the background. It gives a much deeper and brighter colour than watercolours, and as the finished piece would be printed I'm not worried about colour fading - Brusho is not a lightfast pigment!

I'll keep on sketching some more ideas in the days to come! Which one do you prefer? 

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Saturday, 8 February 2014

Assignment Bootcamp - February - week 1

Wow, can't believe it's only been a week since the beginning of the course! I've managed to fill half a sketchbook in 6 days, this has never happened! Of course, not all the sketches have any value, but the more I do the more there's a chance of some working! Some days it felt like I was just dumping everything that went through my mind, but I think that is one of the reasons for doing this type of exercise.

Here's some of my smaller sketches produced.

On Monday we get the main brief, so we'll find out what we are to produced with the drawings we've made this week. *This is not the royal we, I mean that everyone taking the course will be getting the brief :) 

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Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Assignment Bootcamp - February - week 1 - day 1 and 2

Monday was very exciting as all the people taking part in #makeartthatsells Bootcamp received their first brief including me!

The theme is Cuckoo Clocks, and I have been busy busy drawing since! So far the clocks have made me think of baking, pretzels, Black Forest gateau, Christmas, The Sound of Music, embroidery, aprons,  and more!


I haven't sketched this much for ages, so if I keep on a similar buzz for the next 6 months, I'm expecting so much improvement in my drawings and work!

The first day the toddler actually joined in! I don't expect that to last but any daytime drawing time is most welcome!

Here's a few of my sketches so far! I'm hoping to do a lot more these next few days!

By scanning my work I've learned a few things - pencil doesn't scan that great, and a clean scanner bed is better! all these scans have marks for old work! I've cleaned it up so from now on they should be much neater!

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