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Holiday Card -- First Assignments
Yep! Back in class :-)

I'm back to taking Lilla Roger's eCourse Make Art The Sells (or MATS for short). The first assignment had me whittling away at Holiday cards. I LOVED making this card! I know I may have gotten a little too ambitious with this assignment, but I had a vision and I just had to go for it. I don't want to burn out after assignment #1... I've got four more weeks to tackle! This is definitely one of the market niches I've really taken to.

Though the assignment was to make 2 cards, my second composition never left the sketchbook because I became so consumed by this one. I did struggle with background quite a bit. Here are some of the samples:

Holiday card background samples. Right to left - flat navy, silver lacy,
and assorted darks (shown here with lace detail).

The navy is a little different for a Christmasy card. All the bits and pieces were originally pooled together against a white background, but somehow the card felt empty. I tried it out against the light blues, and silvers, and the lacing, then moved on to the darker tones. Against a dark backdrop, the colors really POP!

Since it's hard to read on the final illustration, above is the background closeup. 

Below are snippets of my sketches from earlier this week:
Holiday Doodles
Tah-tah for now. I'm turning in for the night so that I'm well rested to meet the next market and the mini assignment.