I was so excited to be contacted by Vicki, a digi-friend that I met a few years back when I taught a Digital Art Journaling Class at Jessica’s website, to be asked to be a part of a group of artsy bloggers who are answering questions about themselves.
Vicki Robinson and I connected over our love of art journaling but also our fellow love of (dare I say “addiction to”) art classes. At the time that we met online, I was taking a She Art class by Christy Tomlinson and she decided to take the leap and signed up for that class as well. Well, fast forward to today and not only is Vicki created GORGEOUS girls in her art journal, she also has beautiful digital art journal products in her shoppe at O’Scraps. I love Vicki’s enthusiasm and sweetness — it just pours through the internet to me and makes me feel happy and excited too! You will love her work, please check it out and read her initial blog post here to learn more about this wonderful artist.
Okay, here we go!
How does your creative process work?
When I am designing products for my shoppe versus working in my art journal or on canvas my process differs, but not much. First, I find an inspiration piece. This could simply be a color swatch, or a reference photo or an image from my Pinterest board. I make an inspiration board either on Pinterest, Icebergs or cut and paste and glue images into my sketchbook (see below). From there, I choose a color palette and begin sketching, painting or collaging. Like Vicki, I am addicted to online classes and buying art supplies but trust me they are all getting used lately!
An inspiration board/color palette from my sketchbook. This is for another class I am
taking from Sarah Ahearn Bellemare, called Color Pattern Paint (yes, I have a problem with online class addiction! Okay! Sheesh!) lol
How does your work differ from others of its genre?
When I first started designing scrapbooking papers (both digital and paper) I relied on commercial use clipart images to use in my work. Lately, I’ve been taking classes at Design Garden to learn to sketch and vectorize my own original drawings for clipart sets. The process has really given me more confidence and I’m hoping to expand my customer base with these vector clipart sets. I feel it sets my work apart in the digital scrapbooking genre in that my work has become more original and less likely to be something you’d see in a Dover clipart book. I am hoping that my customers see my work and feel the same way. I am also learning to create unique wordart using calligraphy and hand lettering. Here is an upcoming set of birds that I drew in my sketchbook then colored and vectorized completely in Illustrator. What are you working on now?
I have been taking a great class from Lilla Rogers Studio calls MATS (Make Art That sells) Assignment Bootcamp. We’ve drawn jello, cuckoo clocks and nautical creatures, among other things and then at the end of the month we have a “big assignment” where we take our images and come up with products for a surface pattern design project – iPhone covers, wallart, fabric, etc. It has helped my confidence as well as help me to build up a portfolio of potential products to show for art licensing. If you are considering a field in surface pattern design, I highly recommend Lilla’s classes. I also just got done with an Art Licensing workshop from Tara Reed. This class focuses more on taking action and working on the business end of art licensing — we talked about promotion, contracts etc. Tara really knows her stuff!One thing that came from my class at MATS is that I joined a group of amazing artists, led by Jennifer Orkin Lewis of the August Wren blog, where we work every morning for 30 minutes in our sketchbook.. sketching, painting, watercolor — whatever we want. I feel this morning practice has been so great not just for working on my painting skills, but also it’s been good for my soul. Almost like a meditation. Here are a few shots of my sketchbook…as well as my desk that I paint at that is currently in my sunroom. I call it my “summer studio” 😉
Why do you do what you do?
Well, I can get pretty long winded about things, but this is one question that I just don’t know how to answer. But I think my family does! Art makes me feel better. It makes me calmer, happier and when I don’t do it I am hard to live with! LOL! Pretty simple huh? Plus, I feel truly blessed that I can do something I love and call it “work”.
Check back next Monday and I’ll introduce you to three more artist’s blogs and tell you why I love them so much! I’ll also show you what I have been working on in my sketchbook and a fun little app that I recently discovered.