Our assignment this week was to design prints for baby apparel, using Pirates as our theme.
I did a lot of drawings at the beginning of the week, of all sorts of things, and didn’t have a clue which direction I was going to take it in. I was a bit rushed this week, as my family and I were going away to the beach for the weekend. So I only ended up with a few hours on Sunday afternoon and evening to get the assignment done! I got a bit stressed about it all, but sometimes it can end up being a good thing – instead of mucking about endlessly changing things, I just had to make quick decisions and stick to them.
And here it is, a bunch of sailor and pirate underwater creatures, looking for treasure.
Phew! The first week is over. I has so little time this week to dedicate to this, with school holidays beginning, my husbands birthday celebrations and other work that I had on.
Luckily Lilla always splits the assignments up into manageable parts, otherwise I would have been panicking. The weeks theme was gingerbread. And our assignment was to design a Christmas card featuring gingerbread and other Christmassy things.
I love Christmas and I love gingerbread houses, my little boy and I make and decorate one every year. Though when a 5 year old takes charge with hands full of icing and sweeties, the end result is never quite as pretty as I envisage! But I had a bit of fun putting this together this week. I made sure to include all the things we traditionally have on our house – gumdrops, candy canes, chocolate freckles ( I think thats an Australian term for chocolate buttons covered in hundreds and thousands) and we always have a deer in our iced garden.
The squirrel just scampered onto the roof whilst I wasn’t looking.
So here is the piece I submitted for the MATS Bootcamp Jelly assignment. We had to design something that could be used as fabric, with some co-ordinating designs if we wanted.
Hopefully it incapsulates the joyful feelings I associate with jelly. Of parties and celebrations. Those magical playful moments of childhood. And there is a little bit of silliness there too of course. Jelly heads on plates and all.
Included in this piece are all the things I loved as a child. Many of my childhood memories are vague and hazy, I don’t remember a lot of things. But if you were to ask me how the wallpaper, the curtains or the carpet looked, or the plates and crockery my mum had – I can describe them in great detail! And I distinctly remember the pretty floral cupcake cases my mum used buy. So I drew them here, along with her vintage plates and the glass jelly mould that belonged to my grandmother. The fruit my mum would always pop into the jelly, that I thought was so sophisticated. And of course the ice cream and sprinkles that always accompanied it at any party. In hindsight I realise I should have include drawings of pineapple and cheese on sticks too – but I’m not sure anyone outside of England would understand that!
I had a lot of fun creating this piece, and I hope it shows through.
So this month in the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp, we had to draw jelly. I love jelly! It reminds me of my childhood, of birthday parties and celebrations, and generally happy times. It’s colourful and pretty and a little bit silly. My final design ended up being a little bit silly too – but I’l show you that another day.
I really enjoyed it, there are lots of different ways you can approach it, and I tried and discarded quite a few of them before I could settle on which direction to take it. The gallery of everyone’s work goes live on Wednesday, so I’ll post my finished piece then. But here is a piece that I didn’t end up using, but thought you may like to see it anyway.
After finishing my folky phone cover, I just couldn’t seem to stop! I had some other quick pencil sketches I had drawn a few weeks ago before we had our final assignment, and thought I’d have a go at seeing them in colour…
But of course, still trying to stay away from minty aquas, and trying out my new colour palette! Some woodland cuckoo folk.
Then I tried to move away from using the clock shape, and just use the icons I had drawn.
I liked it and thought it would be super cute as an allover print on fabric, it would be just divine as a little girls dress! So I added a chicken and a jumping bunny and a few other bits and bobs, and here it is!
It’s been a weekend of drawing non stop for me, and I’ve loved it!
After we got our first assignment for Bootcamp, I was away on holiday with my family. I only managed to do a few pages of pretty rough sketches. I then didn’t pick it up again until Saturday morning! I started off in a bit of a panic, there are some many ways to interpret cuckoo clocks. I’d done sketches filled with animals and birds, and also sketches with a more folky feel. I decided to go down the folky path, and incorporate parts of my goat farmer that I drew last week. And here she is…
Lilla also challenged us to try a different colour palette. And I think it is about time I used some new colours! I am totally addicted to using all shades of aqua and mint. Every colours seems to sit so well with aqua, that I find it almost impossible to do a design without it! So this really was a challenge for me. But I was pretty happy with how this colour way turned out.
I wasn’t quite happy with my goat farmer drawing I posted yesterday. So I revised it – adding some words, to look a little like a vintage poster.
I used one of the great tips Lilla Rogers gave during the MATS course I took last July. After you think you have finished, you should add one more element to your piece, to turn a good piece into something great. I’m much happier with my goat farmer now, I think.
It’s been a bit quiet around my blog recently. I’ve been super busy, with my family visiting from England. We’ve been on holidays all over the place – eating our way around beautiful Tasmania, and having some beachy fun in South Australia. And of course, eating a whole lot more there too. I think eating freshly caught crayfish whilst watching the sunset on the beach has to be one of the most blissful things I have ever done!
I haven’t had a whole lot of time to do drawing, and I have really missed it! Especially as I signed up to do the Lilla Rogers MATS Assignment Bootcamp course. I read the brief whilst I was on holiday, and was itching to get started – drawing cuckoo clocks! I did a couple of pages of rough sketches and ideas, but couldn’t seem to stick to the theme of clocks – I found myself drawing animals and Swiss milk maids. And before I knew what was happening, my milk maid had turned into a goat farmer. I think it must be all the goats cheese I was obsessed with eating whilst in Tasmania….
And here she is.
And now I really should get back to drawing cuckoo clocks, I haven’t got a whole lot of time left to complete my assignment on time!
There has been a bit of a shaky start to summer this year. The odd super hot day, followed by days of wintery type weather. But the sun seems to have finally put it’s hat on! We’ve had a lovely weekend of sunshine and trips to the country. Eating summer fruits, feeding animals at the local childrens farm, swimming and feasting on ice creams. And much excitement was caused when a cockatoo decided to take up residence on our road, right in the city. Squawking as the sun sets each evening. They are seen all over the countryside, but very rarely in town. It delighted us all, and so he had to make his way into a summer inspired illustration…
Two summery colourways, not sure which is my favourite?
This drawing was inspired by my niece, Rosa. A little girl who loves nature.
We stayed at their house last summer in England, and she was to be found at all times in the garden. Wearing the prettiest of floral dresses, her cheeks rosy, her honey coloured hair wild about her face, and a chicken or two tucked under her arm, and some kind of creature tucked into her pocket. She loves nature of all kind. I remember one day as we explored an ancient crumbling castle, her sister and my little boy were off climbing castle walls, and she was searching on her hands and knees in the rock crevices, looking for unusual things. She came upon a (surprising beautiful) snail, that she named Colin, and proceeded to carry around with her for the rest of the day, stroking him.