Make Art That Sells – Week 3

November 26, 2015 | Design, Make Art That Sells, Personal

Oops, I’m a little behind in my MATS recaps! Last week was actually week 5, which was the last week of the course.. big sad face. But I won’t jump ahead yet (though if you’re following me on Instagram you’ll have had a peek!).

Week 3 was all about children’s book illustration. Probably not a market I really see myself in I must admit, but worth giving it a go anyway, right! We were first tasked with drawing lost of cats and creating cat characters, before being given the big assignment to either illustrate the cover, or one spread of the story The White Cat.

I had a bit of shaky start to my cat illustrations, trying to work out how a cat really looks.. but then when I made it more human like, I really got into it! I thought it was so fun sketching her facial expressions and trying different shapes and sizes for her features.

Sketching cats! By fellow fellow :)

I eventually settled on the middle-bottom one. I thought she had a nice personality :) Next onto the cover..

The story is about a white cat and a prince, and the prince rides a wooden horse.. it’s a really bazaar story actually, pretty dark and creepy, so I opted to put a lighter, more fun spin on the cover. Why not, it’s for kids after all!

Here’s what I ended up with.. I think there are a few things I’d like to keep working on, but overall I was happy I managed to complete it :)

The White Cat by fellow fellow

There was such a massive variety of designs that were submitted, all so different, and quite a number that really stood out as incredible to me. There’s some serious talent in this class!

If I’m honest, I’m actually finding it very difficult not to compare my work to everyone else’s! There are so many wonderful illustrators that sometimes I can’t help but feel a bit overwhelmed.. BUT I’m also really proud of myself for getting through each task as it comes and creating great work even if I’m initially stumped by the idea. I’m proving to myself that I can do it, and that’s worth a lot I reckon :)

Read about week 1 and week 2 here.

Pins 16.07.13

July 16, 2013 | Pins

1. DIY Suede and Gold Leaf Polka Dot Mouse Pad by Lovely Indeed (via)
2. Yellow Bird Brooch from Paulina(via Ez Pudewa)
3. Twenty Sheerstripe Tee from Luvocracy (via Mrs. French)
4. Karnataka Pillow Cover from me{longings} Studio (via Design*Sponge)
5. Rubber Dipped Polka Dot Mug by Recreation Center from Ship and Shape (via Morgan)
6. You Are Simply Wonderful Print from Sarah & Bendrix (via)

{Freebie} Postcards

May 30, 2013 | Freebies

I thought it was high time I did another freebie for you guys, so here are a couple of fun postcards for you to print out and stick to your wall (or send to someone if you want!).

They’re not for any particular holiday or to any specific theme.. sometimes it’s more fun to design that way!

I just wanted to put something up on my wall that would inspire me of a morning when I sat down at my computer, fresh and ready to take on a new day.. so I hope you’ll enjoy looking at them for a bit of inspiration, or “just because” :)

You can grab all 4 designs in A4 or Letter format here:

A4Letter

 

I’d recommend printing them out on a heavy white paper. The colours may vary a bit from on the screen – as you can see, mine printed out a little more blue!

Enjoy! And if you’d like to see any of my other Freebies, head over here. :)

Recipe: Yellow Curry Paste

May 23, 2013 | Recipe

I was given a really cute mortar and pestle for my birthday last year, and until now hadn’t really had the chance to use it to it’s fullest capacity (crushing ginger and nuts doesn’t count).

So a few days ago I set my mind to the task of actually making a yellow Thai curry paste from scratch – what better way to test out my mortar and pestle?! I’m not sure the photos make it look all that appetising, but let me tell you – the aroma that was coming from these herbs and spices was incredible!  I’m not entirely sure if I made it pastey enough, but by this stage my arms were killing me and I had to stop haha.

I got the recipe from Rosa’s Yummy Yums Blog and I’d highly recommend it if you were wanting to give paste-making a go! I’m not sure how traditional it is, but it sure was delish. I ended up making a yellow curry with fish for dinner and it was amazing.. heaps better than store bought – and somehow it even felt better because I knew exactly what went into it. Win!

PS. You don’t have to have a mortar and pestle to make your own curry pastes, a food processor would also be fine (and easier on your arms)!

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