Make Art That Sells – Week 1

October 27, 2015 | Drawn, Make Art That Sells

Have you guys heard of Lilla Rogers and her wonderful online class Make Art That Sells? If not (and you’re interested in getting your art into the world and onto products) you should definitely check it out!

I don’t consider myself a very strong illustrator (or, I don’t think I have a very distinctive style), but I’ve always felt like it’s a side of design that I’d like to explore a bit more, be pushed a bit more in, and get better at. I guess ultimately I think it’d be amazing to be able to licence my art and patterns to shops – to see my work being produced for people to use. That’d be cool, right?!

Well yes, but how to get there? I don’t seem to work very well when I set my own briefs, and need a little nudge in the right direction sometimes. So, after visiting Lilla’s site about a hundred times (and talking myself out of it the same amount of times) I finally signed up to Make Art That Sells Part A a couple of months ago. And last week, class started! Eeeek! So I thought I’d document it here too so you can all follow along :)

Week 1 was all about making art for the Bolt Fabric market. Lilla gave us lots of tips through the week about bolt fabric and the market, along with our mini assignment to draw lots and lots of pasta and vintage pyrex. Such cool subject matter! So I got to drawing. The idea is to be free and just experiment with styles and mediums at this stage…


I did most of my drawings in pencil and black pen.. it felt right for this one.

Then, once we’d all done about as much pasta and pyrex sketching as we could do, we got our main assignment – Using the pasta and pyrex as our subject matter, make an artwork or pattern that you would send to a bold fabric company in order to get a collection. Bam.

After loads of fiddling around in illustrator with my various sketches, these are the elements I came up with…


Then it was time to put it into a pattern. My final submission is below, along with 3 coordinating prints.

It’s terrible to say, but I was actually surprised at how happy I was with the final piece! I’m ashamed to admit that.. but I’m my own worst critic, and generally at the end of an illustration I pick it to pieces.. but this one I really liked! So I’d have to say the course is doing wonders already :)

Perfectly Pyrex Pattern by Claire Dalgliesh

This week we’re onto the Home Decor market, and it’s already put me way out of my comfort zone! Stay tuned! x

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

February 20, 2015 | Drawn, Personal, Singapore

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone who celebrates!

Gong Xi Fa Cai

We’ve got a 4-day weekend here this weekend in honour of CNY, and it’s been BLISS. Don’t get me wrong, now that I’m not working I can hardly tell what day it is, let alone whether it’s a weekday or a weekend.. but it’s been really nice to have more than just a quick weekend to hang out with Dave and our little man. It’s such cherished, relaxed time and I’m loving it. Every weekend should be like this I say!

I hope you’re all having a lovely long weekend, or have a great weekend coming! Gong Xi Fa Cai :)

PS. In a bid to get better at drawing, I set myself the task of illustrating something for CNY.. and above is the result! Our family, and the goat I wish I owned haha :)

DIY Fine Line Drawing

January 17, 2013 | DIY

Morning all! I’ve got a fun little DIY for you this morning.. we’re all going to learn how to cheat at drawing! Haha

I’m pretty sure this was a technique I learnt in primary school, but it was worth a re-visit when I sat down to draw some buildings the other day. I’m just going to lay it all out there and just tell you that I’m not a very good freehand drawer. You know how there are those people who can just sit with a sketch book and pen and create the most amazing illustraions? Well, that’s not me and I so badly wish I was. I envy those people.

SO, that brings me to cheat-drawing. I’m sure you all know this technique, but like I said – it’s worth a re-visit :)

Here’s what you’ll need:

– A printout of the building/s you want to draw (at the size you need)
– Pacer pencil (or a very sharp pencil)
– Very fine tip black drawing pen (mine is called Micron 005)
– Graphite pencil (thick or thin, doesn’t matter – just with a dark lead)
– 2 bulldog clips
– Thin card/paper for the finished drawing

Step 1.
Take the printout of your building/s and turn it over. Using your graphite pencil, scribble heavily over the back of the image area. It needs to be solidly covered.

Step 2.
Once the whole image area is covered, turn the page back over and position the image on your white card. Using the bulldog clips, secure the top of the two pages together so they won’t move.

Step 3.
Begin tracing over all the lines on your image with the pacer pencil. Make sure you press hard and try to get fine, clean lines. Check from time to time that the image is transferring onto the paper underneath.

Step 4.
Once you’ve finished tracing over the image, remove the page. Now you can begin going over the lines with the fine black pen. Feel free to add in detail or shading if you want to.

Step 5.
Once all the lines have been put down in ink, it’s up to you whether you want to rub out the graphite lines underneath, or leave them there.

And that’s it! Frame it, make it into a card.. up to you! I put mine into a bit of a shadow box with a few other trinkets and a mini garland.. cute no?