Illustrations

MATS Update

I mentioned previously that I’m currently taking Lilla Roger’s MATS-A class.

It is the best class I’ve ever taken!

I had planned on giving a little review of each week’s assignments, but then life got away from me, so here is a little review round-up of the assignments so far.

Week 1 was all about bolt fabric. It’s the reason I signed up to take the class. Unfortunately, during the week my family and I were out of town, so while I tried to keep up with the reading, it just wasn’t the same as being able to spend time on it and the assignment. I did get my assignment turned in on time, I just wasn’t able to spend as much time on it as I would have liked. The assignment was to create a fabric design with the theme of “macaroni.” Here is my interpretation, complete with two coordinating designs. Should I sell these at Spoonflower?

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Week 2 brought the Home Decor market and the chance to create art for plates. I agonized over this as I really wanted a painterly, watercolor look. That didn’t happen, but I know what I need to work on now! Here are my plate designs:

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Week 3 was a very interesting but challenging week, Children’s Books. We got to illustrate either a cover or a 2-page spread for a specific folk tale. I will admit I had a hard time with this one. I had intended on doing a 2-page spread, but my illustrations were not coming together like they were in my head. I spent quite a bit of time on this one, drawing and redrawing, and finally decided to go simple with a cover. It would of course make more sense if you knew the story, but I did try to include various details from it.

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This week is all about Wall Art and I am very excited by the assignment. I haven’t yet started but plan to today. Abstract painting, mixed media art, here I come!

Overall, this class has been wonderful. It has really taught me not only a ton about the various markets but also stretched me into new directions as an artist and taught me where I need to grow. I am loving it and highly recommend it. I am definitely planning on taking Lilla’s other classes when I get the chance! The information is invaluable!

Until next time…

Photoshop Illustration Class

I love to take classes. I might even be addicted to it. I’ve written about the MATS class I am taking right now and I’ll be posting soon about my first week, but I am also a member over at Skillshare. Skillshare offers a ton of free classes but you can also get a membership to their site which allows for unlimited class taking! Woo! Perfect for me. If something comes up and I need to know how to do it, pop over to Skillshare and chances are they have a class for it! (See below for how to get a free month.)

Such was the case yesterday when I was looking for how to do illustration in Photoshop. Usually I do my doodles freehand or directly in Illustrator, but for creating some more artsy stuff, I have heard that Photoshop is better, especially for capturing textures and such. In this week’s MATS topic we’re doing something a bit different (for me) and have been challenged to try something new, so I thought I’d give drawing in Photoshop a try. I headed over to Skillshare and found the class Illustration in Photoshop: Professional Work From Your Sketches and it looked like just what I needed. Because I’m a member, I was able to take the class immediately – and it’s quick! In under an hour I was able to watch the videos and learn some new skills!

Each class on Skillshare has a project or assignment associated with it. For this class, the project is to illustrate your pet according to the techniques you learn in the class. Well, I don’t have a pet right now so I chose a photo of a seal I took at the zoo last year. Here you can see my photo, my initial sketch done in Photoshop and my final illustration.

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What do you think? Not sure what I’ll do with it yet. Any ideas?

If you’d like to check out Skillshare, you can click on this link to sign up and get a free month! If you love learning as much as I do, I’m sure you’ll love it too!

Make Art That Sells

As many of you know, I am all about learning new things and continuing to expand upon my skill-set. I love to take classes and try new things. And I am sooooooo excited to be starting a brand new class this coming week called Make Art That Sells. Lilla Rogers is a highly-respected agent and artist in the industry and I’ve wanted to take this class for some time.

Recently, I’ve been feeling a little unsure about my future in the digital scrapbooking industry. I love what I do, I really do, but sometimes it seems to be, I don’t know, not as rewarding as it once was. So as you know, if you’ve been reading my blog, I’ve been dabbling with the idea of going into fabric. I’d love to design a fabric line one day (first goal) and maybe a paper scrapbooking line (almost happened once but fell through as things often do) and who knows what else? I mean, the possibilities are truly endless!

So that’s where Lilla and her class comes in. I’m pushing forward and seeing what else is out there, what else I can do. I want to work on my art – which currently are just doodles here and there in my kits, patterns I design for the digital papers, and my art journals – and see just where this passion of mine can go. I’m excited about this and I plan to share my work from the class here on the blog in case you’d like to follow along. And if you happen to be taking this class with me, let me know and I’ll cheer you on too!

Oh, Lilla had a little prep work, mini challenges, for us in preparing for class which we shared on Instagram. One of them was to draw our shoes in just 15 minutes or less. Here’s what I came up with:

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