Thursday, March 27, 2014

Illustration Friday

I had a few extra minutes this week, as we are between assignments in bootcamp, to submit a piece to Illustration Friday.
The topic of the week is RED.

I sure hope she will share her treats with this little guy!
Thanks for looking : )

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Hello Jello!

March has been Jello month at bootcamp…jiggly, wiggly, colorful, and sometimes a bit gross (yes at some point in time it was all the rage to throw those left-overs into a jello mold….spaghetti, veggies, Spam?? I think my own dear mother may have snuck some mystery meat into the jello in the mid 70's…I'm dating myself here!) But my memories of Jello are mainly good and sweet….I even make a  yummy fruity jello salad for the holidays, so this was familiar and fun subject matter to draw.

I had a good time with the mini assignment, making a page of sweet treats with black pen and copic markers. I even got brave and played around in photoshop with my jello icons.

The main assignment was to create a jello-inspired design for the bolt fabric market. I went back to the drawing board and drew a gazillion fancy cake stands topped with all sorts of sugary confections. Lilla gave us her Monday surprise which was the "nougat palette" and some tips on using neutrals in our work. I was immediately inspired by the dusty and pastel pinks, soft blues and purples, and pops of acid yellow & lime green and envisioned a sweet little circus world in these colors. In my final piece I ended up going with a little brighter versions of the colors. Here are some of my initial sketches.

and my palette

painting the icons

I had a couple more spots planned, but time ran out, so off to the computer I went. 
I found some tutorials on making patterns in PS, but just didn't have enough time to practice, so I did what I could.

I submitted this one to the gallery.

I am looking forward to trying to make a true repeat pattern with some coordinates when I have some extra time, but for now its off to catch up on Etsy shop orders and prepare for MATS part A which starts next week…bootcamp has been the perfect warm-up!

Monday, March 10, 2014

in the studio last week

Here is a little visual diary of what I worked on in the first week of March:

Jello sketches for MATS bootcamp

edits, edits, and more edits of wedding topper photos

various cake topper orders: a clown


farm and owl toppers

baby shower safari set

work-in-progress baby topper

and some new products in progress…cupcake name banners

did some experimental fake baking ~super fun!

compiled my fashion mood board for the Smart Creative Style course...come take a peek at my other Pinterest boards here

all accomplished under the watchful eyes of my studio managers!

Looking forward to another productive week and wishing the same for you!