I was so honored to be invited by the lovely and talented Jana Curll to do an “Artist Around The world: Artist Blog Hop” post. What is an “Artist Blog Hop” you ask? In this post, I will introduce the artist who introduced me, answer a few questions about me as an artist, and I will introduce a few artists who I find inspiring. So much fun! Ready? Here we go!
I know Jana through Lilla Rogers’ Bootcamp class, and her work first caught my eye through her submission on the jello assignment. She is a genius on using very simple and bold geometric shapes to compose her jello. It is just so much fun to look at! Her color palette is ingenious as well, as she juxtaposes the colorful jello with white cake stands to create intriguing visual contrast.
The piece that first caught my eye! Copyright © Jana Curll
She uses textures deliciously in her work. Everything about her work is playful, whimsical and fearless, and her colors are always very well planned out.
So the story was, yours truly got in to the second round for Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search !! You can see the 50 semi-finalists here. And here are the 999 entries for Round 1.
Before you know it, I submitted my entry with trembling fingers last week, and the public gallery for round 2 has just opened this morning. This time there is a voting option. In my heart of hearts I know I am not going to make it, but I am still here begging for your votes (so at least I wouldn’t end up with 0 votes, yikes)! The gallery / voting will be closed on 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT on Friday 12 September, and the six finalists will be announced on Wednesday 17 September.
This was my entry, and I thought I’d share on how my piece come to be.
So the emotional roller coaster ride begins…
My Final Submission at Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search
Entering Lilla Rogers’ Global Talent Search is my goal of the year. In fact, I joined MATS A and Bootcamp classes because I wanted to join GTS! It is my dream to be represented by Lilla, and joining GTS is probably the one and only way to seek this opportunity nowadays.
With a work project going on vigorously this month, I wasn’t even sure if I would have been able to complete and submit for “Make Art That Sells” Bootcamp‘s assignment this month. Thankfully there was a strange holding gap at my work schedule, and I was able to hurry, finish, and submit my final art work. I wasn’t happy with what I submitted, but participating is better than nothing!
Mini Assignment: Ship In A Bottle, Whales, and Nautical Theme
We were asked to doodle “ship in a bottle”, and maybe whales too. We were asked to use a medium that we are familiar and comfortable with. For me that would be Adobe Illustrator. This sounds very easy, right?
Last week was the 4th week of my Make Art That Sells class: Wall Art.
The topic was “Scavenger Hunt”. Lilla wanted us to hunt for random things that follows a very specific color palette. Your palette is assigned based on your horoscope sign. I am a Pisces, so I got pink and purple. We are allowed to find an unlimited number of neutrals, blacks and whites. She also told us to get glue.
It was one tough week for me. With a mini like that, we would probably be asked to do a collage. I have not done a collage since my freshman year in college 15+ years ago. I am more of a designer and I have never seen myself as an artist, so this was way outside of my comfort zone. Not to mention I have not got much in my assigned palette.
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.