Thursday, 31 October 2013

Fiddling with designs #makeartthatsells

Here we are at the end of another month that has whizzed by! It's half term this week and everyday seems like a race to get work done and or ferry the children to various places. We are off to a Halloween party this afternoon - just my daughter and me (or I if you are pedantic); I'm letting the side down. It's as much as I can do to get dressed and get work done - let alone dress up! Still, Freya has her outfit planned.

Several MATS friends are blogging on the last day of each month, you can read what they've been up to by visiting Linda Tieu's blog and clicking the links there.

A couple of weeks ago I designed a Christmas card with #makeartthatsells and wanted to simplify it and make another from the elements I'd designed. Finally I found time to redesign them and I've uploaded  the one above to my shop and you can buy a pack of six here.

Here's a very sunny picture of a pack of six which isn't suited to websites really but I just really like its warmth and the strange reflection of the cotton reel in the cellophane.

This is the other one which I should be able to get up onto the web in the next few days:

This is the whole design...ideal for someone with a sweet tooth and possibly vintage taste?

In other news I have at last been able to refresh the image of my wooden stars with my new squirrel wrap in the background and the updated star shape.

Phew. I don't think I'm going to be able to do this weeks MATS assignment, much as I'd love to. My husband needs the computer for most of the weekend as he has become really busy so I will be in charge of the children and trying to get all my painted commissions done!

Back to normal next week when the children go back to school so I should be able to do the last weeks assignment - here's hoping.  

Saturday, 26 October 2013

Turning point ?

As anyone who has read my blog before knows, I'm doing the wonderful Make Art That Sells course run by Lilla Rogers in New York. Over the internet!

The piece above is my response to the Scrapbooking brief we were given.  I concentrated on drawing and painting and mark making without thinking a lot about how I was going to use the images. Early on I decided to use 4 main colours and then go from there when I came to assemble it all on the computer. There are a lot of images I had to leave out but the best thing about that is that I have SO much to play with in the future. It's really exciting!

My skills in Photoshop and Illustrator are improving - it's great to be able to import a drawing to Ai. and live trace it - although I occasionally had a weird thing going on with having to do that in sections and also not being able to colour in there (- ie document remaining shades of grey even though it was CMYK) but despite that I just find I am comfortable using them as tools for my hand drawn and painted elements. And that's all I need! May be in time I might create my own patterns and borders in Illustrator, I had a play when I did an Illustrator course last year.. so I know it's possible.

I love what I did this week, it feels like me. The best thing is that it's a mixture of the ways I like to work  - the painterly and the more simple - yet all hand done. To my eyes it hangs together, it works! This is why it feels like a turning point, I feel like I've found my way of working for future illustrative projects. Hooray!!!:)))

It makes me so happy to look at it and I can't wait to make cards or notebooks or notepaper and maybe a print out of this little lot!

Thursday, 24 October 2013

October 2013 very briefly

It's been a hectic few weeks. Orders are up over 50% weekly from levels in August and September so that's been great although it makes taking part in the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells course with it's weekly artwork a challenge! I'll be posting pictures of what I've been up to as soon as I've developed some new products from what I've been working on.

We've also had to make a decision about which school our son is going to next year when he leaves his tiny village school for what will be a vast change.

In other news my Winter  Woodland gift wrap was printed and delivered a few days ago and has been selling well - yay! Excuse the shadow over the picture below; this is a shot of my first order this season to request Christmas gift wrapping.

I am slowly rebuilding my website so there aren't that many things on it yet but the paper is if you want to buy some ;)

I hope you are having a busy but handleable October! ( I know that's not a word... but it should  be).