Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Floating on my cloud…the story & the process

…I'm shocked and amazed but there is fabulous news to share...I've managed to make it through to the second round of the Lilla Rogers Studio 2014 Global Talent Search…holy heck, I never imagined when returning from my jolly holidays that I would be posting my submission here on the blog along with this incredible news…I am literally floating on my own personal cloud ... Work from nearly 1000 artists and illustrators has been whittled down (a super tough task I'm sure) to a 'final 50' and I am thrilled beyond belief, if still not a bit dazed, to be one of them…

…I definitely wasn't going to enter this year…absolutely not…the timing was way off for a start: it was announced that the 1st round brief would be going out on Tuesday 5th August. Well, that was no good, we had a family camping holiday to France booked and were leaving to catch the ferry on the 7th…that just wasn't enough time?…Or was it??? Curiosity over the brief (which asked for a piece of wall art on the theme of terrariums) and then a last minute window suddenly opening up at the 11th hour meant I ended up chasing my rainbow after all... I spent all of Wednesday 6th from 8am until 10pm glued to my drawing table chair & monitor…there wasn't time to come up for air…I drew a marathon, but was it enough?

…I didn't think so. To my mind there were quite a few unresolved issues: I wanted to play with the colour more & didn't want this part of my design to be so literal…my thoughts were revolving around autumnal reds, oranges, mustards, pinks and browns with a bit more of an emphasis on neutrals…Had I added enough texture? Was there enough depth and I definately felt I should have addressed the background behind my little terrarium a little more. To cap it all off the brief also asked for a little paint….eeek…thats been awhile and there just wasn't the time to play. So you see, I was under way loads of pressure & when I pressed the submit button, I really felt I was sending out an unfinished job.

…So, when I dared to look on Lilla's site this morning where the final 50 are revealed (please go over and have a look…the work from the other semi-finalists is truly amazing) you'll understand I was a little stunned to find myself amongst such other fabulous talent-ness! But also so darned happy, happy happy…I did it, I did just enough to make it through.


… And as for my process? Well, that's a simple one…I like to draw, draw, draw…it's the same with every piece I make: along with bits of inspiration I find from literally anywhere and everywhere (my eyes are always on the look out!), it's all there in my head and those first initial sketches of the idea are my happy place…making what's churning in my mind a kind of little reality by putting it on a page. Then it's just a case of scanning those drawings into Illustrator, refining them, adding the colour and then the best bit: making the little details…and its true, I really do 'delight in the little things'! But you know what? I absolutely must get down from my floaty cloud now because round 2 is calling and I've got work to do….Toodlepip! xoxox

11 comments:

  1. Wow FANTASTIC... well done x

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  2. Very interesting reading about your process as you're one of those people who seem to be able to pull something together very quickly and efficiently, but now I suspect that that's because you've done a heap of drawing in the first place. It'd be interesting to know how you think your time is split percentage wise between drawing and computer when working on a project.

    Looking forward to seeing your next piece. Good luck.

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    1. Hi Nancy :-) I reckon my time is probably split about 40% drawing off the computer (maybe more depending on complexity) and then perhaps about 20% drawing on the computer (but I only use a mouse…I haven't figured out a drawing tablet thingy yet…I'm a bit old school so just good old pencil and paper for me!). The rest of the time is spent colouring up which is the quick bit, adding details and then just fiddling and tweaking to get the illo looking right.

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    2. Very interesting, thanks for taking the time to answer that :)

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  3. Hello from my own cloud! Thanks for the insight into your process, congratulations and good luck in the next go 'round.

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  4. Thank you Tatiana :-) Yes, personal clouds are great aren't they? I love mine because it has controls so I can go up and come down whenever I need!! x

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  5. Huge Congrats Bee!! Your piece is utterly gorgeous - your spot amongst the 50 is so well deserved, you embraced the challenges and won. YAY!!

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  6. Thank you so much Alisa :-) Your words really mean a lot to me … there is still the doubt despite getting this far! Hope all's good with you and best of luck with all your wonderful work too :-) xox

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  7. Such sweet details Bee - a beautiful job and well deserved top 50 placement - best wishes in the next round :)

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    1. Thank you so much Lynn! Fingers crossed :-) x

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