What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Illustrations, Life, Process

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So I made the biggest rookie mistake in the book with my Make Art That Sells class and didn’t verify the due date/time. I thought for sure the deadline was 5 p.m. EST, 3 p.m. MTN. So I went to upload my image to the January Assignment gallery and low and behold, it closed at 3 p.m. EST, 1 p.m. MTN. What time was it? 1:04 p.m. MTN. Womp.

Lesson is definitely learned. Here is my finished journal cover based on Edwardian brooches. This was not easy because I have been away from Illustrator for awhile and all of the facets, I had no idea how I was going to accomplish it. Using Divide in the Pathfinder was helpful as well as using Object, Path, Divide Objects Below (wonderful tutorial here).

I learned a ton about how I like to work: step by step and compartmentalize the process. Then let it go. IE. Finish sketch phase, finish design phase, finish color phase, etc. Going back and tinkering is crazy-making.

Also, the end goal is to be done, not perfect. I want my best work but if you never finish anything, you don’t accomplish anything. In my humble opinion.

Now it is time to relax and play with my little one.

What I’m Working On – No. 2

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Illustrations, Process, Work in Progress

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The Make Art That Sells class has started and I’m loving it. It’s uncomfortable too, which is a good sign. The first assignment gives you a “mini” so we were told our topic was Edwardian Brooches. We needed to design our own and draw like crazy. Then after the week is up we get the next steps on what our main assignment is. So now we know that our assignment is to make a journal cover, very cool!

I’m in the second week so all the sketches are pretty much done and I’ve started working on the digital side with my stylus, iPad and Inkpad app. Once I’m finished with this stage I’ll sit at my desk computer and work in Illustrator.

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Life, Photography

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I’ve loved taking pictures forever now but have been taking even more ever since we had Addy. My poor poor hard drive struggle. Lately it’s been a month by month project and she has her own Tumblr page over here.

However, I want to focus on capturing images on a weekly bi-weekly basis so I’m doing a 26 week photo challenge now. Trying to be realistic since we will have a new addition soon. I can always increase right? Right.

Let’s do this thang!

Reader Survey of Sorts.

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ChitChat, Life

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I’ve been sporadic with this blog for awhile now and I need your help. What would you like me to see me write about? I am a scatterbrained Leo that loves art, watercolor, beauty products, shopping, home decorating, organization, being a mom and photography. Not in that order.

One of my new year’s resolutions is to get more organized and timely with this blog (even though this baby is due in March) and reaching out to others who share the same interests I do. So let me know what you would like to see, I would love to know. Also, tweet, Instagram or pin this if you think you know someone else that could help me out too.

Hope you are having a great day.

xo,
E

What I’m Working On – No. 1

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Good News, Illustrations, Life

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December is almost over, but I refuse to believe it. I signed up for a class that starts in January called, “Make Art that Sells: Assignment Bootcamp”. It is one of Lilla Rogers’ classes and I have been curious about her for awhile now. She is a well-known and successful art director and she represents Lisa Congdon, an artist whose work I love by the way. Another one of my friends who primarily uses Adobe Illustrator, Jannie Ho, has taken one of her courses as well. I’ve heard nothing but good things so I’m excited!

I needed something that had a flexible timeline, promoted community and gave me a swift kick in the behind so my art translates into tangible real-world items. Just more pieces of the puzzle to figure out and I can’t wait to start.

Is there anything you are particularly looking forward to in 2015?