Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Bootcamp is Back!

MATS Bootcamp is back and our first MINI - sketching time before the main assignment, is all about hair, specifically hairstyles of the 1920's. Below is my sketches from the MINI. In looking at them all, I think I was just as excited to draw the exaggerated eyes and eyeliner as I was to draw the hair. Fun to be drawing faces again. Can you guess what the main assignment is?

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

MATS Spring Home Decor Course

It is finally thawing out here in Wisconsin but during the cold winter I was busy taking the Make Art That Sells Home Decor Course for a second time. I loved it so much the first time that I had to take it again. The course is team taught by top art agent Lilla Rogers & Margo Tantau the Creative Director @ Midwest-CBK.

Class was just as intensive this time around with one assignment per week using a different substrate to create a comprehensive home decor collection. For each assignment we were asked to create pieces featuring products made from metal, fabric, glass, ceramics and wood/MDF. 

Below are the 5 collections that I created.

There were three mood boards that we could choose from to use as inspiration for the five assignments. The mood board I chose this time was called Farm Fresh. We could use the board for inspiration in any way that we wanted. Although influenced by the theme, I used the mood board mainly to help develop my color palette for my collections. 

Once again the iconography from the previous weeks overlapped so that by the final week we had a varied yet cohesive collection.

The subject matter was similar to the first class and that presented an exciting challenge for me to come up with icons and designs that were new but also worked with my collections from the first class. My ultimate goal is to put together a couple of portfolio pages using pieces from all ten assignments. 

Just like the first time, the 5 weeks of class really flew by and I was very sad when it ended. This class is a pure joy, I have learned so much about this market and how to present my work and ideas. Thanks again to both Lilla and Margo! And a big shout out to the Facebook community of amazing and talented artists that make the class fun and dynamic and great place to share and learn!