Archives: Illustrations

What I’ve Been Working On – No. 4

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Illustrations, Process

girl

faces

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cactus

rainbow

The Make Art that Sells (MATS) class has had a break for March which was a perfect excuse to take another class even though I’m on maternity leave. (I’m crazy if you didn’t already know.) But seriously, the class is called CreativeGIRL: Storybooks and Studious Girls by Danielle Donaldson. It has been perfect and I knew what I could handle so this worked out great. The class doesn’t have a deadline, it has a work at your own pace schedule and you have lifetime access to the content (for as long as the site is up and running).

My friend Christie told me about the class so we are taking it together. Her art has grown so much so definitely follow me (@fluximagery) and her (@christiedrahnak) on Instagram.

Getting back into action with watercolor and I love the way Danielle teaches. So many techniques and lessons finally clicked for me. Love it.

What I’m Working on – No. 3

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Illustrations, Life, Process

edwardian brooch mats assignment

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

edwardianbrooch

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.

What I’m Working On – No. 1

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Good News, Illustrations, Life

whatimworkingon-no.1

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?

A Self-Prescribed Time Out.

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Illustrations, Life

take a time out

I’ve been enjoying my vacation so much. Downtime with my munchkin and husband, it’s been great to just have an all around time out and get recharged. Plus I LOVE not having to get up and go all the time when I am 30 weeks along. I waddle with the best of them and I’m just more tired this time around. Could be in part due to the munchkin, the cold weather with barely any sunlight (really don’t like) or just me. The shop is closed until January, I’ve been painting a bit and I also just finished reading this book, Urban Watercolor Sketching: A Guide to Drawing, Painting, and Storytelling in Color. This book had some good watercolor advice, application techniques and just good information if you are starting out with watercolor or have been working with it for awhile.

I hope you had a Merry Christmas and the New Year is kind to you!