Bye, bye sweet blog! It's been a great few years posting over here BUT I'm excited to share that my website is all new and fancy now, and I will be blogging illustration/design related posts over HERE!
I'm really excited to be attending the SCBWI New York Winter Conference in late February, and have additionally signed up for the Illustrator Intensive Day. This year, there is an assignment for it and because of my schedule I am working on it a bit early to get it done. During my recent courses I found that I work really well on a strict, structured deadline so that is what I gave myself. Anyway, just an update here to say I've been hard at work on the assignment, which is to illustrate a scene from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
I have been finished with Make Art That Sells part B for weeks now! Weeks! It was such an intense 5 week session, but in the best way possible. I found myself more worn out this time and it took me longer to recover after. We can blame it on age 30 settling on in (hahah). Really, I think the reason is I understood the process and schedule better since I completed part A, so there was no more the adrenaline rush of the unknown. Also, I didn't think it was possible to work myself harder than I did in part A but I DID! I worked 150% and it felt great to be that absorbed by something I love so much.
All in all, I can speak highly enough of the class. Lilla reviews work in her video critiques and because of the large amount of students, she can just select some. Susan McCabe, an agent on Lilla's team, did a guest review during week 4 and my piece was in her selection. I was OVER THE MOON. I'm still over the moon. I had not been chosen before, and I was ok with that. Of course I wanted to be, but I was able to listen to the critiques and take bits and pieces and apply them to my own work.
Above is my Week 4 piece completed. It was an editorial assignment of a map of your town. My town is New York City but I didn't want to go about it the traditional Empire State Building kinda way. Instead, I logged caffeine! This piece challenged me more than any other piece. It is the one I am most proud of accomplishing within the few day deadline, so having it be chosen to discuss made it that more special!
Week 5 drew from Ukrainian Folk Art inspiration and at first I was like uhh..whhhhaaaaatttt? And then I was all like, OMG I LOVE THIS. I am still shocked at how inspiring I found this form of art. We had to complete a paper party good set and I had an absolute blast with it. I pushed my color choices a lot. I loved breaking down icons into simple shapes and filling them up with other shapes. I loved scale and composition play. I just, well, loved!!! (click to enlarge)
Lilla did choose mine in her video critique. Her positive words about it were so so so encouraging, and she said she wanted to see more cats! I can happily share that more cats are in progress as I type. Well not literally as I type, because my hands are busy, but you know what I mean. I look forward to sharing them soon. I am also working on a piece for an upcoming conference based on Snow White and I am using Ukrainian folk art as the inspiration for that piece as well.
I also am so pleased to share that Make Art That Sells is a course about licensing artwork, and upon ending the second session I was approached to license artwork for greeting cards. I can't wait to share that with you in 2014, when they'll be on shelves!!!!!
It's been pretty quiet around these bloggin' parts because it's been pretty busy in these real life parts! Before I share a recap of the last few weeks of the Make Art That Sells class, I want to share an awesome project I had the opportunity to work on for Swarovski. The iconic Rockefeller Center christmas tree is topped every year by a massive, beautifully, sparkly Swarovski star. At ground level during the holiday season, in Rockefellar center, stands a replica. Visitors can take their photo with it and read the informational panels around it, explaining the history of the star as well. This year, the aluminum panels holding up this star were designed by me, along with the informational panels!!
I had a great time working on it and an even greater time going to see it once it was installed. So far I've gone in the day pre-tree lightening, in the night pre-tree lightening and in the night post-tree lighting! Each time the coolness of the whole project remains. If you are in NYC this holiday season, go see it! It's right next to Anthropologie next to the Swarovski kiosk. It's hard to miss, because that star is super sparkly! Here are some photos from the various times I've stopped by:
A once in a lifetime holiday even took place late last month, Hanukkah overlapped with Thanksgiving and my family holiday card celebrated this exciting event with an illustration by me and the idea by my sister!
I call this photo "Scenes From My Desk" and now that i'm thinking about it, I can probably call almost all of my photos that same title. Ha! Anyway, just wanted to show a sneak-peak of a work in progress. When making a map about coffee hot-spots in NYC be sure to consume a lot of coffee and scan in your coffee beans. I made a lot of progress last night which is great. It was Halloween so it was a bit odd to not be doing anything festive, but I had some apple cider and got to work. We only had one trick-or-treater in my building so I was happy to answer the door for them as a mini-break! This project is proving to be the most time-consuming so far for me, but there is something great about spending SO much time doing what you love. I'll be back to share the finished piece soon!