Little did I know that when I signed up for this class back in January, that I would be 9 months pregnant when the class started in October! That being said, I’m so glad I took the class, even though I wasn’t able to finish one of the assignments during week 4, due to a newborn and other complications that I don’t care to share here.
But, what I do want to share is how amazingly talented all of the students were in this class. I felt like we were all trying to one up each other with how awesomely talented we all were. It made me want to do my very very best! I was a little afraid that I would be intimidated and then lack the confidence to do my best work, but that’s not how it worked it all. In fact, it was the complete opposite. Taking this course with Lilla was like having a mini cheerleader by your side cheering you on, telling you how incredible you are and that there is room enough for all of our designs in the world. That manufacturers and companies need our amazing art in order to sell their products and that people buy my joy! I tried to have joy in every piece that I created.
Week one: Paper Goods
I had a lot of fun drawing tons of different ornaments. I probably spent the most time on this weeks assignment, but wished I had gone a slightly different route. I got caught up in creating just ornaments and candy, which was part of the mini assignment, that I forgot to explore outside of the box. A lot of my fellow students created stunning pieces with adorable little characters. I love drawing cute characters, and I don’t know why I didn’t draw any, but that’s ok. I still think the end result turned out super fun. And I explored some different techniques that I really enjoyed creating. Our assignment was to draw two holiday cards, but only submit one to the flickr group. The one on the top is the one I submitted. I had fun doing the calligraphy as well.
Week Two: Baby Apparel
Um…my specialty right? Right! I had so much freakin’ fun doing this assignment. I feel like I went a little overboard even. I mean come on….these characters are just too cute right? Lilla featured my artwork on her review this week. Which I was super pumped about! She loved the mustache on the beaver. As do I. I could totally see this artwork being used at Gap, Target or Gymboree. Can’t you? Maybe I’ll submit it and see if anything comes of it! That’s one thing I learned from taking this class is not to be afraid to submit my work. I think I’m afraid of rejection and so I never submit my work anywhere, like ever. I can’t be afraid anymore! I have to be willing to take some risks, even if it means taking a little rejection along the way! I even ended up drawing the characters three different times until I got the right look. I like how they don’t have any arms, only legs. Floating marshmallows and fishing poles are always fun!
Week Three: Scrapbooking
Not exactly my favorite category. I don’t know why I dislike scrapbooking so much…maybe it’s because scrapbooking is HUGE in Utah! I mean HUGE!!! Whole stores dedicated to just Scrapbooking. It seems to consume the handcrafting market around here. And all I can think, is I can do that, but I don’t want to because I don’t like the way people will use it… Is that strange of me? I guess I should be excited to share my art with others and hope that by creating it, it will help make their projects that much more beautiful and interesting right? Right!
This week, I gave birth to a baby! So, I don’t know how I even managed to get this assignment in on time. But I did. There was one late night in particular where baby would not go to sleep, so I just held him in my lap and tried to design… and this is the end result. I like the colors, but feel it could have been a bit stronger if I had spent a little more time on it.
Week Four: Editorial
I wasn’t looking forward to this week at all. And with some health issues going on this week with me and all the time that consumes a new mom after having a baby, I didn’t complete the assignment. It was to draw a map of where you live. It felt so overwhelming at the time, that I just knew I couldn’t do it…. I would still like to give it a try though. I know it would be a huge challenge for me, but totally worth it!
Week Five: Party Paper
Another fun week! All week long I was dreading doing this assignment, thinking, how am I going to get this done with a newborn? But then, I buckled down Saturday afternoon and just did it! I had only managed to get in maybe an hour of sketching earlier in the week. But I had enough research and information to finish up the job. Thank goodness to shutterstock.com for having some blank templates I could use to make this piece look professional! Uhg! I’m so happy with the way it turned it. And who knew folk art could be so inspirational. It took my artwork to a whole nother level! I love the colors and I love the composition! I would totally buy these party pieces for a party. Wouldn’t you?
Overall, I must say, being amongst such incredible talent was so inspirational. I can’t believe how many people complemented me and encouraged me throughout the class. And how much support I felt from strangers after having a baby, one of my greatest creations during this class! Thank you to everyone who encouraged me and supported me in this class. I had so much fun working along side all of you. Lilla certainly knows her stuff and it was such a blast working with her! Thank you Lilla for your inspiration throughout the course! Truly you have a gift and I’m grateful to have gotten just a glimpse into what makes you you, and how I can continue to create art that makes me Happy and share that with others! Thank you!