Shock and awe, I haven’t posted anything on my blog since march. Four whole months! And I just have been too busy to blog, while it every month gets worse off course, since there’s every month more to blog about. If I drag everything into one post, It’ll take ten pages and be too long. I’ll start with April.
In April I MATS-ed
I took the Make Art That Sells e-course from Lilla Rogers. Because after a while I find myself drawing always the same way, the same topics. I wanted new input and challenging. In five weeks we explored five markets. It was an immensely productive month and I got lots of leads on international ways art is bought for bolt fabric, home decoration, wall art, children’s books and gifts. I assumed children’s books would be my favorite, but as it turned out, it was bolt fabric.
The most important lessons learned? All illustration is about icons, and the joy of creating is key.
And I have a long way to go. For me assignments, so drawing subjects that I’m not familiar with, is hard work, and I don’t make it easy for myself. But in my ‘free’ work, that spontaneity is essential, is why I do it. Empty the head and leaf my hand color and draw. I would like to be able to approach assignments with that mind. But I’m not there yet… And if I were to choose one market, it’s bolt fabric. When I have a bit more time, I’ll work on that.
This post has been on draft for months now, I’ll just post it and post the next ones in…. a next post. I URGENTLY must go back to blogging weekly. Next time, Part 2 of my MATS-experience! 🙂 These were drawings I liked a lot -to make and to look at afterwards for the assignments for ‘Bolft fabric’ and ‘Home decor’. New approach, new drawings. To be continued!
Bolt Fabric (based on tropic fruit drawings):