Friday, July 26, 2013

What To Do Next

I am coming down from the high that was Make Art That Sells E-course and I admit, I am crashing big time. This is probably the hardest I've worked on completing assignments since I was in school. The five weeks were very challenging. And then, as if those 5 weeks weren't enough, I worked for two weeks on The Global Talent Search assignment. Phew! No wonder I'm spent.

I've done zero artwork since posting my GTS assignment. I think I needed a break but I also needed to think about what to do next. Creating art for many of the licensing markets is quite different from how I usually work. I did try to create art traditionally for some of the assignments and it just didn't work. My head starts to think differently. It's exciting and scary and I see a huge list of things I need to learn if I want art licensing to be part of my career. I am transitioning now from "overwhelm mode" to "make a plan" mode. There are many things I need to do. The biggest thing I need to do is to make more art! My collection is on the small side at this point and I need to improve the quality. I believe my wall art pieces are very good. The pieces I made for MATS and GTS are pretty good. There is potential. More practice creating art for licensing will help immensely. I am proud of my final piece for MATS and the piece I turned in for GTS. I can only go up from here.

Here is my collection from MATS. I do see improvement over the 5 weeks.

Week 1

Week 2

Week 3

Week 4

For week 5 I did a collection of monsters for a pencil case. Here are the original monster paintings followed by my submission.



And finally my submission for the Global Talent Search. We had to create a journal cover. I attempted painting traditionally but it just didn't work. So, I chose my favorite critters and played in photoshop. The winner of GTS gets a two year contract with Lilla Rogers Studio. The top 50 will be announced on August 1st. I am not going to reveal my thoughts on my chances. There are many very talented artisits in this competition. I will say I am very proud of what I created. Five weeks ago I would've never created something this cute and fun! Heck, I even made a professional logo! I rock!

Here are some of the original paintings followed by my submission.



In the next few days I will be making a list of all the things I want to accomplish. Then, I will break the list down and figure out a schedule. Changes are coming to this house so, I am going to have to get organized!

Stay tuned!


Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A Much Needed Vacation

In the final week of Make Art That Sells the family drove 10 long hours to Uncle Kris' house for a much needed vacation. We hit the pool and went to Knoebels Amusement Park. I did manage to complete my final assignment while away too. (More on MATS in a later post)

Here are some snapshots of our fun.





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