#Inktober Showcase

Inktober was started in 2009 and is still going strong today.  Mr Jake Parker, the creator of the project, has assigned very few rules

Pick up a pen, draw, hashtag it #inktober, repeat.

Anyone can take part and it seems like artists from all over the world do. I posted a picture and within 2 min 100 more pictures had been posted!

The goal is to practice your drawing skills and develop the positive habit of doing it daily.

Below are a few examples of my own work and a few from others within my surface pattern design community. Click on the pictures below for direct links to their Instagram accounts.

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Julie Hamilton

Playing with light and dark. Flower shapes, some seeds and pods and an owl for good measure. When in doubt stick a bird on it.

Julie Hamilton for #inktober {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton

Next we have Katy Halford.  I found it hard to choose between all of her lovely drawings. This one made me smile so here it is

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Katy Halford

Mary Tanana made some beautiful drawings on black paper with touches of gold, courtesy of uniball gelpens.

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Mary Tanana

Heather Dutton spent her time illustrating every letter of the alphabet with beautiful patterns. Check out her instagram account to see more.

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Heather Dutton

Amanda McGee  pretty much described all of us with her illustration. I am a big fan of her beautiful hand lettering!

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Amanda McGee

Below is Flora Chang of Happy Doodle Land. Her name says it all. She loves to draw. Check out her new colouring book!

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Flora Chang

Inktober will be back again next year, but don’t let that stop you from picking up a pen and just busting loose. Until then, feel free to share it with the rest of us on hashtag #shareyoursketch – another fun community to share your creative process.

Ink on!

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Colour me Creative – Summertime Blues

I may have a slight case of the Summertime Blues. All I want and need right now is more summer.

I can feel life slowly starting to shift around here. The  mornings are damp, the air has a crispness to it and there is talk of going back to school.  I have four weeks to go until September and my plan is to savour every minute.

Cool refreshing water, grass tickling my toes, the colourful pop of flowers, blue sunny skies…

Inspired by my mood, this weeks colour palette is brought to you by the colour Blue.

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Life is just a bit crazy around here these days with guests and a never-ending stream of kids in my kitchen.

I have taken to working in small short bursts that do not demand too much concentration. Small scraps of painted cut art  are working in my favour. When I finally do get a moment of uninterrupted time, I can put them all together into something that works.

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I have also continued with my sketchbook explorations inspired by Lisa Congdon’s Creative Bug course.

Blogpost all about it here

Playing with patchwork and motifs in my art journal.

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Playing with patchwork and motifs in Photoshop.

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My head is spinning with applications for these designs. As a surface pattern design I can see them on rugs, fabric, ceramics, paper and even stationery,combined with some fun hand lettering.

I feel a September project slowly starting to develop. I love a new project – almost makes me happy and excited for the Fall to roll in.

Until then, you can find me in the lake!

Enjoy yourselves,

The “Illustrated” Advent Christmas Challenge

Well it”s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here, if only in my head.

My imagination is full of snowflakes and twinkle lights all aglow. Walks in the winter snow and skiing through the woods. Eggnog lattes.

Unfortunately, out my window  the rain is pouring down and the weather quite balmy. Not so good when you live in a ski town.

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I am thankful for Faye Browns creation of this years #adventchallenge2014. A month-long challenge of  christmas prompts to illustrate, photograph, sketch and be inspired by.

I have been enjoying every minute and have to admit it has helped me get in the spirit of the Christmas season.

I have included a few of my favourites to date. I will admit I am already a wee bit behind, but that’s ok with me now ( I had to talk myself down the first day I missed, but now I realize it really is all Ok:)

Christmas, Illustration, vintage ornaments

I like to use these challenges to try new things. Maybe a new combination of colors or some different hand drawn textures. Anything that gets me excited to jump in and get immersed.

Christmas, Illustration, ornaments

I have found this challenge to be a good exercise for practicing my hand lettering and characters, yes….those things with eyes. Why is it always so much easier to just draw a flower?

I will be tweaking all of these  designs in the New Year and making them ready for art licensing gigs, but for now it feels good to get some new ideas down on paper. I can play around with them later and add the on trend colours and style.

Christmas, Illustration. polar bear,

 

There are loads of gorgeous designs over on Instagram under #adventhallenge2014. As Faye says herself, popping by the challenge daily is like opening up your very own advent calendar. I have been enjoying all the colour and interesting interpretations of Christmas.

Christmas, Illustration, christmas sweaters
There is still  time to join in if interested. There is no pressure to create everyday, but if you have some time and need a little christmas inspiration then this is an easy place to start. Get a head start on your Christmas designs for 2016! All info on Instagram under #adventchallenge2014

Below are links to a few of the designers creating their own  advent calendars, either as part of the challenge or own their own accord.

Groovity

Genine Delahaye

Flora Waycott

Dawn Machell

The Print Tree

Tracey English

Sally Payne

Mondaland

Lindsay Buck

Rebecca Stoner

Happy Holidays to all!

Finding Inspiration ~ From Shadow to Surface Pattern

BlogHop - {artistically afflicted blog} surface pattern design, inspiration,

Welcome to the Surface Pattern Design by Scratch Bloghop hosted by Bonnie Christine of the Going Home to Roost tribe.

Bonnie recently introduced her new Creative Live course Design Surface Patterns from Scratch.
It offers an in-depth view of Adobe illustrator and is packed with information to help  you  bring your drawings to life.
Have you ever imagined your work on stationery, fabric or digital media? This is a great place to start.

I picked up many illustrator tips and tricks that have helped me on my way to expressing myself digitally.
For todays bloghop, I thought I would share an unexpected source of inspiration for me.
Shadows.

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This photo makes me smile. It gives you a pretty good idea of what I was up to. I received many an odd look from others as I took photos of the pavement.

My ride was littered with beautiful shapes and patterns. Needless to say, I was promptly ditched by my riding partners.

They should really know better by now…

{artistically afflicted blog} Inspired by shadows, art, inspirationMany, very many, photos later, I now have quite a collection of organic, leafy shapes to play with in my art and design.
Bonnie talks extensively in her class about Live Trace. It is my number #1 tool in Illustrator that I use daily. I simply brought these images into Illustrator and live traced them, playing with the settings to obtain different results. From there, with a bit of help from the blob brush and eraser tool, I ended up with a pretty assortment of shapes and textures that I then incorporated into some patterns.

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Many of these shapes have also ended up in my drawings and paper collage work.

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Pattern play with a hit of some leafy greens and blues inspired by road riding on the Big Island of Hawaii. Who would have thought!?

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Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted blog}

For more inspiration and a chance to pick up some other tips and tricks ,click back to the starting page here to begin. This hop has been going on daily for 6 weeks now so there is lots of reading entertainment.
Bonnie has also kindly offered up a free month to her Going home to Roost tribe where you can meet others within the Surface Pattern community and learn more about the world of surface design. Go here for more details.

If you haven’t had a chance to visit my bloghop partners,please pop by and visit Emily Truong of EmilyAnn Studio and Nika Martinez!

Thanks for dropping by!

Top tips from Surface Pattern Designers!

A little shout out goes to Ali Benyon of Ali Benyon Designs for her Top tips and tricks for Surface Pattern Designers!

Recently Ali has created  2 blogposts with tips and tricks from a global bunch of surface pattern designers from all stages of their careers. I was fortunate to be included and shared a few of my own pearls of wisdom.

I found that all of the tips and tricks were applicable to anyone in the creative field from artists to start up entrepeneurs.

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There was lots of good advice. I walked away with a sense of comfort knowing that it’s not just me ~ this creative business is hard work! It demands that you show up everyday, you practice, and you believe. March forward, head up!

It…is….a….long…..process… (I am always in need of a reminder about this)

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Art by Deborah Velasquez

It was interesting to read everyone’s take on being unique and staying true to yourself and your style. It seems that this is a little something that all of us struggle with. It doesn’t surprise me ~ we are visual artists, we love to look at art and more often than not we are inspired by it. I think it’s normal to want to try different tricks and techniques in a style not your own. It’s a great way to learn BUT realize that you have to make it your own. You have to add your very own signature style to it before you call it your own.
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There was lots of advice about practice, patience and perseverance, a  few tips about color AND a great reminder of all the routes you can take in this profession. I often forget all of the endless avenues for your art so thank you for that!

I won’t give anymore away. I could spend hours discussing the ins and outs and how and whys of the creative process, but then that would take away from hours that could be spent just… Making Art!

Make Art – Make more Art – Enjoy the process = your time will come!

Part one is here

Part two is here

A big Thanks to Ali for bringing us all together!

Enjoy!

Indigo,Paris 2014 is live!

Indigo 2014, the creative textile and surface design show, is now live in Paris!

This is what the past 6 weeks of my life have looked like in preparation. Creative chaos at its finest.

Sketching, sketching and more sketching. Reviewing all my old notes for Make Art that Sells. Driving to the store to pick up more Sharpies!

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Dozens of  children’s motifs all waiting to be patterned. I am amazed at the amount that just didn’t make the cut. They will all have their time though. No art work is ever wasted, it will always find its place somewhere.

I completed 20 mini collections in total for Believe Creative Studio. It look me quite a few tries to start, but I finally fell into my groove and the style that is mine and a style that worked well with the Believe Creative Studio style.

There were definitely moments. Many moments. Moments of doubt, insecurity, and creative exhaustion. The belief that I didn’t have another creative drop left in me.That frantic moment of “I got nothing!”

Those were the times the music got cranked and  fun times were had playing in the snow. Anything to clear the mind.

I have to admit that despite the highs and lows~ I loved every moment of it. I loved the challenge of following a brief. I loved stretching my imagination and trying to think like a child.

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Still waiting for my Sharpie sponsorship….

As this was my first experience designing with a studio, with an end goal in mind, there were many lessons learned. A few of these I thought I would share with you.

1. Work around a theme and stick with it.Explore a subject and immerse yourself in it. I made the mistake of jumping around from brief to brief and had a few moments of confusion.

2. Finish one piece of work before you start another. This is a matter of personal preference of course, but I found I would sometimes get stuck and instead of working through it, I would just start fresh with a new pattern. As a result I have many pieces of unfinished work. I know that I can work through them, but I won’t. I love a big, blank page of possibility. I like starting.

3. Turn off all social media. Learn what distracts you and get rid of it. Many people made comments about my lack of participation in my social media world this past month. (which also included blogging…sorry)  I just found that at the end of the day I was mentally exhausted.  Now, however I feel like I can whip off pattern after pattern. I have upped my pattern making stamina.

4.Explore your favourite kids store and see what they are doing. This definitely helped me with my playfulness and use of colour. It also helped me with the sizing of my motifs. Rosie also made a great suggestion – borrow a  piece of children’s clothing to give you a sense of sizing. Your motif has to read well small.

5. Stop in moments of frustration. Don’t push yourself to create. Walk away. I found that once I cleared my mind and relaxed, inspiration came flowing back.

6. Play happy music. Invite young friends over to draw. I was lucky enough to get to spend an afternoon babysitting Thomas,a young friend of mine. He was very quick to give advice and show me how a dinosaur is really done. He was also a little put out that I didn’t have one light sabre in my collection…or a narwhal (a what?). I would have liked to post his drawings, but the smarty pants took them with him after I threatened to use them (with commission of course:)

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One thing is for sure – designing for children makes you happy. I often caught myself with a smile on my face.

Unfortunately, I cannot share any of the  designs until after the show, they are top secret!

A big thank you to Rosie and Vincent of Believe Creative Studio for all of their hard work ~ critiquing, organizing and for being supportive and enthusiastic. I would also like to thank all of the guest designers who were very quick to offer support and answer questions.It is always nice to meet others from all over the globe. I wish everyone of you the best of luck!

Thanks for the fun!

The time is NOW to Make Art that Sells

The time is NOW! (Ok, almost now.Soon. I need a bit of a breather to rest,regroup and reorganize my portfolio!)

My wonderful time with Lilla and Make Art that Sells has come to an end. Wow,it was awesome. A big thank you to Lilla and Beth Kempton of Do What You Love. Well done!

As most here know, I am a fan of the art e-course. I love learning and am happiest trying new things. I would have to say that this course ranks top in my collection of “very worthwhile art courses”

Lilla is a joy. She is enthusiastic, supportive, yet very straightforward. There is no sugar-coating – this art licensing business is competitive. It demands great effort, patience and perseverance – all words that seem to have become my way of life.

Lilla shares with us many of her experiences and her artists too in the art licensing world. She made me laugh the whole way though and I really enjoyed the light-hearted fun in between all of the hard work and reality checks.

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Journal page – finding inspiration

So, here I sit pondering all that I have learned during my 10 weeks with Make Art that Sells. I have taken a breather from creating new art for now. It’s difficult, but I believe necessary. I have doodled and sketched,painted and taken many a note during this time but,as of yet, have not a chance to sit down and really review and consider it all.

Julie Hamilton Designs- scrapbook market

Scrapbook Market

I thought I would be overwhelmed by it all, but oddly I am feeling very relaxed and confident right now. Lots of good things are happening and the momentum is all there.I am feeling that I am exactly where I am supposed to be.

HOW crazy is that?!

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Having a bit of fun…

I have been trying to think of all the goodness that Part B of Make Art that Sells brought into my life.

Part A was all about my art-icons,color,original design in my style,composition,learning my limitations and what I need to improve upon.

Part B was a continuation of working my art, but also thinking more about my brand and what markets I feel I am suitable for.I have a new-found knowledge of the potential of ten different markets all in search of art to display on their products, I have contacts and a wealth of information on what makes your art sell. I have a lot of art!

I am feeling that I have all the necessary ingredients to make it happen. Now it is up to me to stay positive, make a plan and stick with it. Oh, that dreaded F- word…Focus.

(The course is not set out this way, you can take it in any order and not miss out.This just happened to be my approach to it all)

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Other great benefits of this class included:

Community– I have met another awesome community of like-minded creatives. We are all at different stages of our developement, but we are still in it together. These people understand my journey. I am always a bit overwhelmed at how others are so willing to take time out of their busy schedules to share information or offer a word of encouragement or piece of advice.It all makes me pretty happy.

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Folk art – finding inspiration

Trends– I am still not sure if Lilla is just so bang on her trends or whether she is leading the way and creating them. I do know that it brings me a bit of delight every time I open a magazine and see a theme we have created for during the class. It feels great to have a portfolio piece that is right on trend.

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Party paper market

Many people have asked me Part A or Part B? I have to be honest and say both.I feel I received a very well-rounded education by completing both modules.

I was also pleasantly surprised at some of the markets I enjoyed creating for.The one I was least excited about is the one I am most excited about right now…you will see soon!

I believe it is important to explore all possibilities. To my surprise, I learned that all of this motif making is pretty versatile. Many of the markets overlap and all of your motifs can be used accordingly.

If you are interested in Make Art that Sells, but still have questions please feel free to email me at jules@bollah.com

It is a big investment, but I believe very worthwhile. (and no, I am not affiliated:)

If you are interested in reading about Part A have a look here

Onward my friends!

It’s sassy, it’s silly and full of surprises..

I am not sure if it is possible to design baby apparel without a goofy smile on ones face. In fact, I think it is a necessity just to get in the mood of it all. It’s cute (not sappy:), it’s sassy and a whole lot silly and it’s full of unexpected surprises. At least it is suppose to be!

I am not quite there yet, hence the goofy smile on my face helping me to get there.I should have taken a selfie! It would have been good for a laugh.

Week 2 of Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells had me designing motifs for the baby apparel market. This is a market I have yet to explore, but I have had it in my vision because of my love to doodle and draw big blooms. I think this is a market I could work within.

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The theme for this weeks lesson was Camping.It’s a trend I have seen popping up everywhere and now that 500 of us have camping motifs and floating around the world web I am sure it’s going to help it on it’s way. That Lilla sure is smart!

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On my screen-playing with color

I had quite a bit of fun with this. My goal for this week was to use my neutrals and to draw a character. Yes, seems simple enough, but oh no, it was challenging to say the least. I should clarify that- the use of neutrals was no problem for my analogous brain, it was the characters. I have yet to draw anything with eyes and a face. I see anything resembling a face in my work and I quickly delete.Not this week though!

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The big joke around here all week was my hedgehog. I am mighty proud of that hedgehog. Ridiculous..yes. It’s the little things in life that make me happy. Very happy that I could provide lots of laughs around here as I was trying to get this one out onto paper.Prepare to see all the woodland animals popping out of here soon. Sorry people, no humans …yet! Unless ,of course, Lilla asks because it seems that these days she is the only one I am listening too. I shake my head at the things she has made me to create. I am just a little out of my comfort zone.

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I could see myself and family happily travelling along the Pacific Coast Highway in one of these sassy, little camper vans.Oh and check out my flower faces with girls swinging out of them. It took a lot of effort to do that. I am not cute, but I think I could be!

Lessons learned this week – detail, detail topped with more detail, did I mention detail? Create a story. Design your own world. Imagination is key. Get those characters out and make sure they are doing goofy things. Design the unexpected – yes, mushrooms can be umbrellas and sardine cans can be cars! Have fun…and remember, people buy your joy.

Lilla continues to brings a smile to my face.

I already 6 mini chocolate bars into Halloween with, I am sure ,many more to come. I have lots of pressure on me tonight to be the best dressed house. Artist=creative=best dressed house.

It’s going to be a long day.

Happy Halloween!

Creative Process with Lindsay Buck

Today we have Lindsay Buck of Slumbermonkey Designs telling us a bit about her creative process. Lindsay blew me away with her attention to detail and process here.I admire her sketchy quality and love all the texture and layering.The colors are perfect for this season and her woodland theme is right on trend too!
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Welcome Lindsay!

“Prickles and Pinecones”

The photos and process that I am going to talk about relate to an ongoing collection that I am developing based around Autumn, animals and natural forms.

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I get inspired to create by all the things that are around me. For this particular work I began gathering conkers (from the horse chestnut tree) and pinecones when I was out walking my dog. I love their protective, spiky surrounds and their colours. I gathered quite a collection and then I began to draw.

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I love working with fine liners and pens and all of my sketches are created in a little sketchbook that I use. I also began to think of hibernation and creatures that like to sleep a lot. I was drawn to hedgehogs and began to amass quite a few ideas and drawings.
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I had lots of material to work with and, after scanning my drawings into Photoshop, I began to develop individual motifs and design elements. I love playing around at this stage. Trying out colours, layering, and placing and different filters. I seem to have loads of ideas whizzing about in my head so I work on lots at once. I keep an eye on colour trends (Pinterest) and am often inspired from what I pin.
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This collection was something I was developing myself and I try and juggle this with chasing up briefs for competitions and submissions. At the moment I am really trying to build up my portfolio of work as I have only recently returned to Surface Design.
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I decided to call the collection “Prickles and Pinecones” to draw together all the different elements that I was inspired by. I am still adding to it and keep returning to my theme, creating more drawings and patterns to put into various collections.

A Big thank you to Lindsay! I know these blogposts take alot of time and consideration to prepare and she did a great job recounting her creative process. All your hard work is appreciated! Thanks Lindsay.

Lindsay is a hardworker-look at all of her links! I have included them for you to drop by and say hello.She has just recently jumped in full force to the world of surface pattern design and would be a great person to connect to.I always love and appreciate meeting fellow creatives here on my blog or at many of the other social hotspots I frequent so please stop by and have a visit!

Links:

https://www.moyodirectory.com/slumbermonkey
http://www.behance.net/Slumbermonkey
http://slumbermonkey.blogspot.co.uk/
https://twitter.com/buck_lj
http://www.pinterest.com/SlumberMonkey/boards/
https://www.facebook.com/SlumbermonkeyDesigns
http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Slumbermonkey
http://folksy.com/shops/SlumbermonkeyDesigns
http://society6.com/Slumbermonkey
http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/slumbermonkey

Inspired by Make Art that Sells – Part B

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas around here (only 71 days to go…)

Last week had me designing Christmas greetings for the paper market for Part B of Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells. While Christmas is just around the corner, it was no easy task getting in the mood. The sun was shining, my outdoor deck was calling and while the snow is slowly creeping down the mountain, winter feels far, far away!
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I did a bit of cruising around on Pinterest, googled vintage christmas images and even pulled out some old Christmas cards and decorations. I heard others had the christmas music blasting ~ I had to draw the line there! No festive FaLaLa’s for me. I just couldn’t face the music.

I am looking at this project as a way to ease into it all. If anything I am hoping it will find me a tad more organized then normal..I  will admit that during my research stage I ended up pinning many a homemade gift.

Christmas Inspiration ~ julie hamilton designs {artistically afflicted} blogI have set myself some goals this time around for Make Art that Sells. The amount of info can sometimes be a bit overwhelming especially combined with the amount of creative work involved.

My goals for this time around include  ~ Icons, icons and more icons! I am going to practice my patience and spend more time creating smaller pieces. I am also really hoping to work on my color schemes and my POP value. My goal over the next 5 weeks is to develop 5 more  strong portfolio pieces with some corresponding patterns for each.

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Work in progress – light, dark, birds, owls, more snowflakes…help?

Part B covers 5 more markets all in need of art! I am super excited about learning the ways of the paper, party paper and scrapbooking market. I am very interested in the baby apparel market. I am plain old terrified of the editorial market.I am not even sure what the editorial market is all about and have decided to leave it as a surprise instead of stressing over it right now.

In true julie fashion I know I am going to love all of it which is not going to help me in my decision to narrow it all down and specialize, but then why take all the fun out of it?!

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My almost finished piece for this weeks market.If I had to do my own critique on it I would say it is definitely going in the right direction, however I still think it needs to be a bit more festive and fun.Maybe some christmas lights strung through the trees and a few more woodland creatures celebrating.The silent night type has to go. Any other suggestions?

What did I learn this week?
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I hope all my Canadian friends had a wonderful ThanksGiving weekend. It was a beautiful, crisp and colorful weekend here in Whistler! Lots to be thankful for.

Pop by later this week for another Creative Process piece by Lindsay Buck of SlumberMonkey Designs.

See you then!