My Favorites from MATS Bootcamp, February Gallery

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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:

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Lilla Rogers’ Illustration Bootcamp

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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.

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Valentine’s Day Class Gift Idea

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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.

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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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Train-themed Birthday

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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