Monday, February 16, 2015

MATS Bootcamp February assignment

I'm having a lot of fun with Lilla Rogers - Make Art that Sells Bootcamp assignments. They are pushing me out of my comfort zone (a good thing) and I'm learning new techniques, researching and drawing more than I ever have before.

The mini assignment for February was to draw a scene. Our inspiration was to come from vintage plates. Nearly all of them have some kind of beautiful scene painted on them. Lilla certainly teased us with this assignment, and most of us in the group were wondering what the big assignment would be.

Wall Art was our focus, particularly hand painted on wood.
Ok so therein lies the challenge. I am not well acquainted with paint. Never have been. I'd like to do it mind you, I just don't have the patience, plus being a graphic designer with a background on corporate work, I don't get time to be overly creative. And my work is all text layout, ads, magazines, branding and identity. Very different to what I really want to be doing. Just take a look at my website and you'll see how far removed from the corporate world my work is.

So here's my process of how to illustrate a scene, and the work I submitted to the February gallery.

I admit to using a mockup of wood, photoshop layers and smart objects, illustrator and a pencil in the very beginning.

MATS Bootcamp January Assignment

January saw me drawing Edwardian style brooches in the mini assignment as part of the Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells Bootcamp. I had so much fun doing this. I loved the intricacies of the brooch jewellery. The symmetry, delicate floral forms, ornateness. I did discover it was very hard to draw symmetrically. I worked on a few ways to overcome this. At first using graph paper to copy the first side, then I took it into illustrator to speed up my workflow. The wonders of image trace and a few hours of tidying up the line work, but I was happy with my progress.

The main assignment was to design a journal cover using the theme and some of the previous brooch illustrations. I had assistance from my partner Simon of Simonrimages. If you get a chance, you should check out his photography. He is very creative.

He took a photo of my styled desktop with added props, and I mocked up my artwork onto the journal.

So here's the final I submitted to the January Gallery. You can also view it at the link below.

Journal design_mockup, MATS Bootcamp January assignment