Phew, week 2 of Make Art That Sells was a doozy! In a good way, of course ;-)
This week was all about the Home Decor market, and we were tasked with using Staffordshire Pottery as our drawing inspiration. If you don’t know what Staffordshire Pottery is (like I didn’t), do a google search and you’ll find some of the weirdest, scariest, and definitely not-to-my-taste ceramic figurines. Huh, crap. How was I meant to get inspired by a subject matter I didn’t find very attractive?!
Luckily I don’t think I was alone in feeling this way – it seems like a lot of the people in my class were also struggling with it a little bit which made me feel reassured! Nevertheless I managed to get over myself and find some time while Arlo napped to try sketching a few of these funny figurines without being too self conscious of the outcome (kinda tough for me!). The idea is to experiement after all. And whaddayaknow – I actually started to enjoy it. So then I moved onto watercolour and it only got better! Wha. Amazing – and the funny thing is, because Staffordshire pottery is already kinda quirky, I found that the less precise my illustrations were the better, and the fat watercolour strokes seemed to just fit right in.
Yay! So now that I had some icons to work with, next up was to tackle the main assignment for this week, which was to create a set of 4 ceramic plates using our Staffordshire illustrations. By now I was really loving the assignment, so had fun putting the plates together :)
Here’s my final piece.
So despite the slightly unsettling start to this week, I’m really happy with where it ended up! :) And looking at our class Flickr group I’m blown away by just how varied our work is. All 200 (or so) of us got the same brief, and no one’s work is even close to similar, it’s kind of amazing!
This week we’re onto Children’s picture books… bring it!
I’ve been reacquainting myself with watercolour this week.. trying out colours and arrangements for a very special wedding invitation :) I just love drawing florals!
Well, it’s not really a traditional Workspace Wednesday, but this is what I’ve been working on the last couple of days! I’m putting my “Words” watercolour paintings in the shop.
It’s taken a little bit of time for me to reach the point where I’m ready to let go of these little paintings.. I’m not really sure why though, I should have done it a long time ago! I guess it’s one thing to show these paintings to you on the blog, and an entirely different thing to actually put them out there for someone to buy.. it’s scary!
Last week I was thinking about offering them as prints, but have since decided that I don’t want to take away from the uniqueness of an original artwork. And so, the original of each watercolour is in the shop now, and once it’s sold it won’t be restocked.
I would like to continuously add new original watercolours as I do them though, so keep an eye out in the shop for that over the next months :)
Three cheers for happy floral patterns! Are you sick of me and my floral obsession yet?? ;)
I’m completely in love with these prints by Anna Emilia.. especially the first one, which comes in a delightful A3 size!! Preeeetty.
You can find more of Anna Emilia’s beautiful work over on her website, or buy these gorgeous prints (and more!) at her shop! And you can find more floral love from me here and here.
Have a happy Friday!! Oh, and happy Thanksgiving for yesterday to everyone living in the US!
Found via Design*Sponge.
I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned it here before, but my husband Dave collects old film cameras. He scouts them out at markets and online, brings them home, and is slowly working his way through, fixing and testing them.
Out of all the ones he’s collected over the years this little BOY one is my favourite. We’re not even sure if it works because we can’t find the right size film to go in it, but I thought he’d still make a cute watercolour.. :)
There are still things I wish I could fix about this drawing, but I’m trying hard not to dwell on it. He’s cute and that’s all that matters :)