Sunday, June 16, 2013

Quietly Busy

Plate Designs for Home Decor Assignment

Dinnerware screams "Paint ME!" so I took a shot at watercolors for my second assignment in the Make Art That Sells eCourse. When I couldn't get just the right colors I wanted, I took my designs to the computer. This turned into a week-long mini war with messy (paints) versus clean (digital).

At the moment I'm struggling with my assessment of the Home Decor Market because I know I'll be a good fit for it, but I need to follow my gut. As inspiring as flowers can be, I overwhelmed myself with too many concepts and ended up picking none of them. My first reaction to an idea (generally) is to get it down on paper. But my first reaction to this assignment was "Get flower buds!" I sketched a bit in marker, took to watercolors, (which I'm madly in love with by-the-way,) and then eventually sketched out my designs in pencil. A little backwards for me.

For the curious eyes, here are some of my watercolor doodles:

Bird/Milkweed and Coneflower Parts

Assorted Doodles and leaves

Falling in love with hand-lettering

I like my designs and I like the concept of the Milkweed and Coneflowers (also BIRDS!) dispersing their petals/seedlings. There's just something missing which I haven't been true to:

You LOVE Color! Sticky Note.
I'm satisfied, but I need to pump it up my color pallet! The piece I turned in for critique is the "Milkweed Flight". Thought it's quiet color-wise, it's an incredibly busy surface. I felt the Coneflower (seen at the top of this page) was just too much blue to eat around:
Final dish design - "Milkweed Flight".

It's a sorry thing to say that my pallet ended up so neutral since I ran out and BOUGHT some brilliantly vivid color inspirations. One can tell from some of my sketches alone that I had been very taken by the flowers. I want to know where my color mojo left me.

Peonies and Mums and little Button Flowers.
I'm promising myself to use PINK and Orange on the next assignment. We're heading into children's book illustration tomorrow, so I hope my color pallet will be fitting!

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Fungi and sniffles

Submitted Bolt Fabric Assignment
My first week of Lilla Rogers' eCourse (Make Art That Sells) is winding down now. It was enlightening while challenging. I'm in LOVE with fabric designing and I'll most certainly begin exploring this area later this summer. For now I've got to get through weeks 2-5 and the LA SCBWI Conference - one focus at a time right now!

Probably the most challenging bit was suffering through another cold, while juggling the work-load. What is this? #3 or 4 this year? It was the type of distraction which could derail creativity.... Could, but didn't. I did drift off to sleep thinking of the assignments very often, so there are some things I failed to capture just due to the fatigue. Of course a giant head cold strikes as soon as I've got to busy myself with a looming deadline! 

Blah!

Well I'm surviving. I'm pretty sure the cold is starting to taper. At least I got SOME rest this weekend. I've been sneaking extra "Zzz's" into all of my late afternoons and early evenings, whenever I can. I predict I'll have all 5 senses back in play and little to no fogginess wearing me down by Thursday. At least I hope clears.

Speaking of the "foggies," below are some of of my sketches and another version of the design I was trying out.
Mushroom and Casserole Dish Sketches.

Working Version of kitchen fabric design.

The rest of my evening will be filled with celebrating my Father's Birthday and the line work on my next postcard. I may be able to squeeze in another nap as well... we'll see!

Sunday, June 02, 2013

Putting a little Lilla in my art

Lilla Rogers MAKE ART THAT SELLS Course

Back to school for me!

I've signed up for Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells (MATS) eCourse. It all begins tomorrow! I'm nervous and excited. Nervous because it's a pretty big commitment. I'm fortunate to not have so much going on right now to participate - just a slow an steady spring clean mixed in with my regular evening sketch sessions. Excited because... come on - Lilla Rogers!

What I'm hoping to get most from this course is the pants kicking I need to pump up my portfolio.

Deep breaths!
~Samantha