Ever since I took an intro to computer arts class three years ago, and fell in love with the adobe suite, I have been working (pretty much) completely digitally. I love the ease of editing, the ability to start & finish something quickly, and the endless modifications and style changes you can do digitally in minutes. It’s amazing! But…this month’s MATS assignment is to do a wooden wall hanging, and even though I could have mocked up a template digitally, I decided to crack open the dried-out acrylics & get my hands dirty.
Here’s my first little attempt, a river otter (which I believe to be my spirit animal), and a shot of my fancy tinfoil palette.
The prompt for the mini this month is “scenic plates”. Though we’ve been assured that the large assignment next week isn’t actually going to be a plate, I couldn’t help but work up one of my sketches into vector art. There’s a children’s book called “Happy Winter” that I love, and that, plus the recent snow, was my inspiration for this winter-y plate!
An added project this month in MATS Bootcamp was to create a visual manifesto relating to “Make Art that Sells”. Though I just started the program, and I didn’t love my first project, I feel like part of the idea for enrolling was to push myself creatively and try to work on my process. I chose to make a typographical poster, even though it’s out of my wheelhouse, and I feel pleased with what I got done. I also feel like it appropriately reflects my feelings when I am trying to get a project done (particularly in bootcamp)…sometimes I have to remind myself to breathe & keep working, but I ultimately love it!
I haven’t had as much time to work on Lilla’s project this month as I would have liked. The January assignment is to use our brooch doodles & create a journal cover. My graphic work right now tends to be simple, clean & bright(ish). This is what I have come up with so far, I was trying to work in the theme of gross animals…not that fish are gross, per se, but there are many giant bug/roach brooches from the Edwardian Era & dead fish seem like something that might also seem out of place on a gentlewoman’s blouse.
In order to grow & get a little handle on what’s trendy in the art licensing/surface/textile fields, I signed up for MATS Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers (a renowned art licensing agent and arts instructor). The class has just begun, so far we have our first “mini”. The prompt was “Edwardian Brooches”, so I have been doing a lot of doodling! We will get a larger prompt in the 4th week of class that is thematically linked, so I’m pretty curious to know where we’re going with it.
In researching brooches, I was inspired most by the portrait images. Fancy ladies in puff sleeves and high collars, men in monocles and bowlers (ok, maybe I’m adding the monocles, but I usually feel they’re a nice touch).
Here’s my first round of sketches, I’ll keep you updated on my progress!