Lately I am taking some time to revamp my horrible art and illustration portfolio, and I have enrolled into two classes taught by the amazing Lilla Rogers, one of the top art agents in the world. “Make Art That Sells (A)” is a 5-week class with one topic per week: Bolt Fabric, Home Decor, Children’s Picture Books, Wall Art, and Gift. After beating up myself internally for weeks, I have paid and signed up for the ride. The first week is over before you know it.
My husband never know what to get for me for any occasion (!), so I asked for a Wacom tablet for my birthday. I have always drawn with my mouse and I had no problem with that. I gave the Wacom tablet a try 15 years ago and I didn’t like it. I thought the world must have changed in these 15 years so I want to give it another try. Little did I know, it really changed. I got this extremely fancy thing called the Wacom Cintiq 13HD Creative Pen Display.
Long story short: While it is a nice expensive gadget that I don’t mind having, I doubt I would buy it myself (or in fact, I would have stopped my husband from buying this had I knew). Here are some of my thoughts.
The quality of work is so professional and, so yummy this time around. Like last time, it is my selfish desire to pick out and bookmark a handful that I like the most, and write a post about it. I must gloat that I picked so well last time, that one of my favorites, the cuckoo clock by Linda Tordoff (paintlovestudio), was picked up by Paper and Cloth Design Studio. She is now officially represented by this agent. Congrats to her! Let’s see what happens this time.
I picked 28 this time (so it fits nicely into 7 rows, haha). It is always so hard to pick out only a limited number of my favorites – at one point I had 80 browser tabs open, and I almost want to give up. Again, this is purely my personal favorites. The order is random. Below are the links to individual pieces within the gallery (which links to the artists’ respective portfolios), and reasons to why I like them:
March is over before you know it. This is one of the most overworked assignments I have done, and I am still not happy with it… partly because no matter how hard you tried and were satisfied with what you did, you look at what your classmates are doing, and they just blew your mind. Sometimes it made me want to dig a hole, hide and cry, and just forget about drawing and go flip burgers in McDonalds.
I have been missing in action lately. Lots is going on and some priorities are being rearranged. Connor having a stomach bug and was out sick (and vomiting, oh the joy of motherhood) late last week certainly didn’t make things easier.
Just a quick post of what I’ve been drawing lately for Lilla Rogers’ MATS Bootcamp March assignment. An angry T-rex at a jello party. Oh what happens next you wonder?
One of Connor’s classmates, Ella, gave Connor a big toy truck for his birthday. Connor loves it so much! We want to do something special for her big day as well, which is today.
Apart from buying a gift, I quickly doodled up a birthday card that is semi-customized. I reused the illustration I created for Connor & His Yoga Babies Friends, changed the hair style a bit to make her look more like Ella. To be very honest, I don’t know Ella too well as I only see her occasionally at daycare pick up / drop off time, so I can’t say this reflects how she is like at all, but it is cute nonetheless! I also added more birthday elements in vibrant pink and blue.
As I wrote about it on my previous post, I have joined the Make Art That Sells Assignment Bootcamp by the wonderful Lilla Rogers, one of the top illustration agents in the world. Each month we’ll get an assignment, which is broken down into weeks. We will finished by the third week of the month and submit to the gallery. The February gallery went live two days ago. The theme is about cuckoo clocks, and the media is cellphone cover. And there were over 400 wonderful submissions to it.
I finally had a chance to see it myself, and I was overwhelmed by it. There are a lot of talent, but there are just too many to look at! So, I picked out 20 that caught my eye, and I like the most. There are so many of them that I liked, but I want to limit to 20 so this post will somehow come to an end (!) The order is random. Below are the links to individual pieces within the gallery (which links to the artists’ respective portfolios), and reasons to why I like them:
I have always been a huge fan of Lilla Rogers, her work, and the artists she represented. She is one of the top illustration agents, and her clients are any artists’ dream: Urban Outfitters, Anthropologie, Land of Nod, to name a few. I have reached out to her back in 2009, but my illustration work was not good enough to be considered by her for representation. I have just recently noticed she is holding e-courses called MATS (Make Art That Sells), and I have signed up for the boot camp class.
The boot camp class will go for a total of 6 months. Each month we will receive an assignment. The assignment is broken down into weeks. The first week we will receive the subject matter, the second week on the medium, the final week will be some extra tips, and finals will be due by the end of third week to be posted to a public gallery. We will create a total of 5 portfolio pieces at the end of the class. For the first assignment (February), we were asked to draw cuckoo clocks.
Originally I wanted to draw a cuckoo clock where my family of three will play in, sort of like the scenes in Mac Boutavant’s “Train Puzzle”. Then, I also wanted to explore the idea of a cuckoo clock in the form of a stylized Japanese temple.
With a little research ahead of time and some DIY, you can do very nice, unique and one-of-a-kind gifts with very little money. I am becoming quite an expert in this! Here is a mini-DIY project for you and hopefully it will help you on the next Valentine’s Day for your little one. Free printables are available for download.
I have met three very dear friends from my prenatal yoga class, they all had the same due date as I did back then. Needless to say, our babies have grown to become adorable little toddlers together! We have just had our joint birthday celebration not long ago, and I wanted to recap the little custom portrait cards I have created for them.
A few weeks ago, I have created a custom thank you card with Connor’s illustrated character saying “thanks!” on the cover. So, during Connor’s naptime, I changed the hair and clothing on the illustration, and made three more characters that are custom designed for each of my toddler friends.
Here’s another DIY project for you. There are 12 slots on this collage, and I select a photo of Connor’s each month to show his subtle growth (they go from top left to bottom right respectively). I have seen and liked the idea where you take a photo of your child, and make a list of what they enjoy at the moment, so I incorporated it with the collage too. It will be fun to look back! Continue reading →
As I was recapping our baby’s 1st year photo shoot, I found myself already slaving to create something special for his second birthday.
I don’t think Connor would remember or appreciate a birthday party yet, so I am not crazy about doing a real birthday party. A friend of mine had an idea of having a mini party at daycare, where we’ll order cupcakes and such, and go by during their 3:30pm snack time to have a small celebration. Our little ones are only 5 days apart on their birthday, so I begged her to take me on for a joint party. Continue reading →