Fabric design is FUN!!! Why didn't I try this years ago?
The course I'm taking has a section on bolt fabric. Our assignment is to design kitchen fabric based on pasta and vintage Pyrex. That's right up my alley, so this was super fun.
I've been sketching and sketching. I like mid-century modern design, so I'm going for that feel.
I do tons of sketches, then scan everything into the computer. I colorize some of it there, particularly the line drawings.
I also fully paint some elements, like the pasta.
Then I cut it out in Photoshop and smoosh everything around until I like the end result. I'll share more of the designs later this week. I'd like to see what you guys think of different color palettes.
I was so happy to see I was featured on the Make Art That Sells blog! In October, I took "Illustrating Children's Books" with art agent Lilla Rogers and children's book art director Zoe Tucker. It was an amazing class.
They asked the alumni to share some of their thoughts on the course, along with a favorite piece of art from the class. Here's mine:
It was so fun to place characters from my story in different rooms of Ada Lovelace’s house. I chose to make Lilla and Zoe teachers for my character. Lilla always says “Give a lot”, so I tried to make this image full of exciting things to look at. When I was a child, I adored books where there were tons of things on every page.
How did the ‘Illustrating Children’s Book’ class help you grow?
This course helped me really concentrate on characters. By thinking about how to tell the story in the best way possible, Lilla and Zoe showed me how to craft more effective characters.
What did you discover about yourself?
I discovered that I CAN create an entire children’s book course if I break it down step by step. Everything seems easier when you’re only focusing on the next step.
How would you describe the course to a friend?
This course is a whirlwind of information about how to illustrate a children’s book. It will teach you everything you need to know. Lilla and Zoe break it down for you step by step. They hold your hand through the process and make it fun! If you want to really challenge yourself and move your work to the next level, you simply have to sign up.