Global Talent Search: Round 2

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.

Lilla Rogers GTS Round 2 Entry by Irene Chan

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The Emotional Coaster Ride known as The Global Talent Search

So the emotional roller coaster ride begins…

GTS Submission: Irene Chan

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.

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Make Art That Sells (A): Gift

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This is the final week of our 5 week journey in Lilla Rogers’ “Make Art That Sells” (A) class. It is bittersweet. Bitter because I was learning so much, and I don’t get to bug Lilla anymore for my ten thousand questions every week, which she actually answers every single one of them (!!). Sweet because I was getting a bit burned out and I couldn’t absorb anymore. I need some time to go back, re-read and organize all the class material. It is also nice to get a bit of a breathing room from weekly assignments and do something uncreative for a bit, such as scrubbing the toilet. Wait. I haven’t done that yet.

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Without further adieu, the last week is for the gift market, and the subject matter was “A Collection Of Things”. Namely, things that we personally collect and are obsessed with. Whatever this collection is, it should carry a theme (eg. shoes, stamps, duck figurines…etc.).

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Make Art That Sells (A): Children’s Picture Books

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Ahem, *Bragging alert*.

Many people have said this week was the most challenging, and even Lilla mentioned this week was one of the toughest weeks, but I am not feeling it. I must say, in these past two years, I have become the expert of children’s books. This was the easiest week for me, and the week I enjoyed the most so far. HAR HAR HAR (villain laugh).

Since my son Connor was born, I shopped for books everywhere: Barnes and Noble, Amazon, second hand book stores, Taiwanese online bookstores (for Chinese books), you name it. I went to mommy blogs to find out which ones are the big hits for each stage, and which one are the classic must-haves. Connor had his favorites since he was a newborn, and his preference changes as he grows. My husband and I have been trained to know exactly what books work and what doesn’t work. I read them aloud from 15 minutes to an hour or more every single day. If anything, I am the target audience.

On top of that, I always love to draw little characters.

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DIY: Ella’s Birthday Card

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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.

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Times When I Wish I Had a Daughter

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I came across these via my Facebook News Feed. And oh boy. The times when I wish I had a daughter!

Oh wait. I don’t think I could ever be that handy, crafty or creative. Never mind.

I clicked over to the link that led me to this: e-Creativity, then Huffington Post, to the ultimate creative mama, Angie at FashionbyMayhem. Her entire collection of paper/board dresses can be viewed under her Instagram account @2sisters_angie.

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Greeting Cards with Custom Portraits

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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.

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