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!



  1. Great post! Wow, I sure love that fox plate!!

  2. Yes, good idea the list of all you want to accomplish.
    You can be proud (I know you are) of all you did.

  3. How exciting for you !!! best of luck!

  4. Great post! I totally get where you are coming from. Feel the same after so many intense weeks of working on this class. It was a blast and I have been kind of in let down mode since it ended. I think many are feeling some of that. Love your paintings and your characters are charming. Yes you do rock!