Recently I joined the Global Talent Search 2014 organized by the Lilla Rogers Studio.
The theme was 'little terrarium' and this is my submission: BLOOM
Today the shortlist is revealed. Unfortunately mine wasn't selected. 999 submissions and only 50 were chosen, so I didn't expect it to be chosen, but to be honest I was hoping to make it into the 2nd round and have another chance to get an inspiring brief from Lilla Rogers.
If you wanna see all the works click here, my BLOOM is on page 2.
In the end of October I will doing part B of the course Make Art That Sells.
I'm looking forward to it, because part A was very inspiring!
On the 3rd of August Dutch illustrator Sieb Posthuma
didn't see no longer the light in his life...
This afternoon I visited his exhibition 'een vijver vol inkt' (a pool
full of ink) in the Kinderboekenmuseum Den Haag. A very inspiring
exhibition, full with color, lightness, humor and beautiful work. Such a great talent...
He has made many nice works, books, theater costumes and decors. It is really very nice to see all his work together in this exhibition. A strange feeling to know he is not with us anymore.
I bought a book about his life written by Joukje Akveld. You can still vist the exhibition till September. If you have a chance: go!!
My designs for part two of the summerschool
Beginners brief theme tribal shapes
I googled and found lots of interesting shapes. A lot of them were in black and white. The ones I liked the most to play with, were feathers. First I made some various black feathers. (You can nearly see it on this small size, but I also added some triangles to them for more 'tribal' effect).
Then I began to play with them. I build a pattern in photoshop and make several try-out patterns in between to see if and how they work. Till I find the right balance. Then I added some color to the feathers to make it more lifely.
I also tried another pattern based on triangles,To try some more in this tribal theme, which is new to me. I like it, but when I saw the two patterns together, I decided (after a lot of positive feedback form my classmates) to go for the 'dancing feathers'
Theme of the intermediate brief: animal ptint. It is not my favorite theme. Yes I do like animals, but I'm not a big fan of panter, zebra and tiger prints. But after googling a bit I saw ladybugs. I thought this could make a nice pattern. Fisrt I drew some ladybug shapes with a marker, scanned them and adjusted them in photoshop into a pattern.
For this brief we were asked to make a mock up on a bag.
I made this ladybug... eh...bag ;-)
Theme of the advanced track: tribal collage. Tribal shapes mixed with animal prints brought together as a patchwork pattern. I never done that before and it was quite a challenge to get a nice balance in it. To know when to stop, because I don't want it to be too full. It should be a pattern for kids. I chose for little elephants and bright colors.
We also were asked to mock it up. On boxes this time. Because I couln't find the proper mock up photograph in time, I made my own chair with two cushions this time. and a bucket, all with the same pattern, but in various sizes.
It is very nice this summerschool challenges me to try out different things and make lots of patterns for my portfolio. I really like to make them and i'm always surprised by the outcome.
These and all the other patterns will be shown in the galleries. Published on the 22th of August. Still one part to go, will be continued...
Beginners assignment was to make a tropical summer pattern, I came up with this:
I like to see my patterns mocked up on clothes, so I made an illustration of a tropical girl.
I had to think of the Summer carnaval we celebrate here every year in Rotterdam, all kind of extravagant hats and wigs :) View all tropical patterns of the beginner brief 1 in the summerschool gallery
The Intermediate assignment was to make a retro geometric pattern for a bathing suit.
I made several designs, it was hard to choose, but I submitted this ´summer diamonds´ design. Because I thought this was the most appropriate for a bathing suit. View all retro geometric patterns of the intermediate brief 1 in the summerschool gallery
The advanced assignment (yes, I signed up for that one too ;-)) was to create a water pattern:
I chose for a combination of dancing Octopuses and waves It doesn't show on the picture but I even succeeded to make it a seamless repeated pattern, which was quite a challenge with this design. View all water patterns of the advanced brief 1 in the summerschool gallery
The briefs and the work of the other participants are very inspiring. Next Monday we will get three new assignments. I Hope to find time to accomplish these too. Will be continued...
Every two weeks we get new assignments. You could sign up for different levels. Although I'm quite new to this subject, I signed up for all levels\ And I am not the only one ;-) It stimulates me to dive into the pattern world, a fascinating and inspiring world.
This pattern I made a while ago: hello sunshine and you can find it in my Spoonflower shop. Will be continued! I wish you all a nice and sunny weekend!