I'm having so much fun creating floral patterns! The flowers in my new pattern, shown above, are originally from my sister's graduation announcement that I created in April.
Lilla Roger's self paced MATS A class had a surprise live review assignment in which we were asked to create a cover title page for the second edition of Uppercase Magazine's Surface Pattern Design Guide. Lilla and Janine Vangool, publisher, editor and designer of Uppercase Magazine, would select from the class gallery and review pieces for the class. I loved the theme and magazine title page concept. Magazine design and editorial illustration is so fun! Above is my final piece. I used illustrations I had originally created for my Botanical Sketchbook pattern shown below.
It was fun experimenting with the photographic elements with the line drawings. I liked playing and mixing these two themes together. The line drawings were based a lot on my pressed flowers collection shown below.
This year my focus has been building my illustration and surface pattern design portfolio. To help keep myself accountable to this goal, I signed up for Lilla Roger's classes. The Bootcamp class has been a great match for helping me create new work. Our first assignment was to illustrate an adult coloring book cover with a 1920's hair styles theme! Here's my piece, which can also be found in the Make Art That Sells (MATS) class gallery:
It's been a great inspiration seeing how everyone approaches the assignment. This was a challenge for me because I tend to shy away from drawing faces, but it ended up being a lot of fun creating the line work. I've always enjoy creating inky lines, so it was a fun challenge.
I'm currently working on some fox illustrations. Inspired by some photos my mother and father-in-law took of a fox family living across the street from their house. They caught some really cool photos of the mother fox with her babies. I'm not sure the direction I'm going to go with yet on these, but I'm excited to work on the artwork!