Saturday, January 24, 2015

new & noteworthy

Happy Saturday! 
It snowed here in NYC last night :)
I spent time finishing up my journal cover for Lilla Rogers Bootcamp 2015
I got a late start on sketching, but I really enjoyed this one.

Our mini assignment was to sketch Edwardian brooches.
I got a little off track when I spotted a baby bear and tree on Pinterest
while looking at images.

For those of you who don't know, Lilla is a licensing agent who has paired up with
Beth Kempton, Do What You Love, in the UK to offer online classes 
that help hone your skills and gain a better understanding of the business.

I took her intensive 5 week class, Make Art That Sells 3A last spring. 
I learned a lot and gained more confidence.
Melissa Iwai convinced me that Bootcamp was just as helpful, with deadlines
end of each month rather than weekly, encompassing 5 months and for less $
The only drawback is that you don't have a chance to have your work reviewed 
by Lilla, herself, but finished pieces are displayed in the Bootcamp Galleries. 
You can view last year's projects here.

Our final assignment was to create a journal cover. You could incorporate your sketches
and reference in any way you like. I'm not the only artist who chose to frame animals
and I almost resisted the urge, but I take do what you love pretty seriously! 

It's funny, because I often sketch frames and animals in frames, "hanging" salon style.
Some of mine took on more of a Mexican folk look, with the bright color and flowers, 
but I'm happy with the mix. Lilla stresses to make what you would buy for yourself.

So I try! and hope that others share my taste in art and products :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Lena is taking a snow day ... Zzzzzz

xo, A


kristine lombardi said...

Looks cute, A!!!! Nice job. :)

Allyn Howard said...

Thanks, K!

Melissa said...

I think it came out really well! I love your animals, and I LOVE the frames -- it doesn't matter about the different styles -- I didn't even notice actually! And I love the little gems that are interspersed around the animals.

Thanks for the shout out and I am glad you liked this assignment. I think it shows that you did, and you're right, we should do what we'd want to buy, and what we like. Otherwise, what's the point, right? I feel like Bootcamp is easier to not feel pressure with and truly do what you love. So glad we're in class together!

Allyn Howard said...

Thanks Melissa!! appreciate it :)
I'm glad you had such good things to say about class. I really wasn't sure about taking it, but it is waaaay less pressure than MATS and I like having specific assignments to do. Look forward to the next project and I always love seeing what you come up with!


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