Sunday, May 4, 2014

Make Art That Sells - Week 5

This was the last week of Make Art That Sells part A and I'm not sure what I will do with myself until it starts back up in October.

This week was dedicated to the Gift Industry - SO MUCH FUN! Our assignment was to design a hyper-lush zipper pouch with images (photos, paintings or graphic) of something you collect. Well, I don't collect much . . . I actually prefer to throw things out because I can't handle clutter. When I asked my husband if he thought I collected anything, his response was laughter, then he told me, "You collect ideas in your head and inspiration for what you are going to be working on." So, that made me think, what do I think about the most when I am deciding on what to create?? FLOWERS!

Here are some images I have collected over the years

My sketchbook is full of florals but this is the sketch for this project (first with pencil and then with pen).

Then I scanned my drawing and brought it into Illustrator. I made my lines vector work and then started adding color.

Then I set it up in the correct format for a zipper pouch and created three key chains to match.

I am actually very happy with this . . . I would buy it for myself if I could!

Friday, May 2, 2014

Make Art That Sells - Week 4

My apologies for my lack of posts, I've been a bit busy. Between traveling to see family and working I haven't had the time to sit down and blog.

Last week in the Lilla Rogers Make Art That Sells class, the topic was Wall Art. I was very excited about this because my background is painting and I was bursting at the chance to sit down to paint again. The assignment was to paint / draw something (square format) and to have some type in it. We could use any neutral color, then we were all assigned two colors determined by our zodiac sign. Since I am a Pisces, I got red and yellow . . . honestly, I am not a fan of those colors. But the whole point of this class is to grow and push myself outside my comfort zone, so I stuck with them.

It is kind of weird how quickly my layout idea came to me. I knew the quote I wanted to use because I had used it in the past for a "Inspiration Board" I made for my Grandpa when he was dying. Then, I just went with it . . . turned on some music, opened the windows for some fresh air and just had fun!

My sketches to get my ideas out:

Then on to painting with acrylics.

My helper in all things . . . there were five babies in my studio before I finished.

The completed piece (19" x 19")

Here are some mockups of this painting in an environment.