This month for Lilla Rogers Assignment Bootcamp we had to draw jello molds! This subject took me completely by surprise. It's something I would never have picked on my own, that's for sure! I found this subject really hard and not very inspiring. We had a week to work on our sketches and then last Monday we got the main assignment which was to use our sketches to make a design for bolt fabric. I almost didn't do it, I wasn't feeling it. The thought of skipping it this month just seemed to easy though, I knew I'd be mad at myself, but I couldn't find the joy in the subject matter. I found that I didn't really enjoy drawing desserts. I kept telling myself what Lilla always says, find your joy, do what makes you happy. So I stopped listening to those little gremlins and decided to go for it, what did I have to loose? Even if I didn't like the results, I knew I would learn from it and grow.
Again I started out in Illustrator, but I didn't like where it was going, it was feeling too flat and way too digital, I then went to paper and started doing it in watercolor, but quickly I realized I didn't like where that one was going and went back to Illustrator. I'm slowly figuring out Illustrator and Photoshop but it still is such a hurdle for me when it comes to developing my ideas.
On Monday Lilla posted some color palettes for us to try in our work, muddy pinks, purples, neutrals, acid yellows, to push ourselves and go beyond our comfort zone. My current colors weren't working well for me so I gave hers a shot and I feel it is what made all the difference in my piece and actually made me feel excited about it.
I'm very happy with the results and how it looks. A dark grey background is very different for me and I NEVER use purple, that was a hard color for me to work with but I ended up using it on the main character!
Here it is as a repeat:
I'm working on some coordinates to go with it, which is super fun to do. I'm really enjoying learning Illustrator and Photoshop, it's getting a little bit easier, but I have so much to learn yet. I want to figure out how to incorporate my mixed media work, but my skill level hasn't allowed that yet. I have to remind myself to be patient, it will happen.