once upon a time

Just finished week two of my illustration course held by Make Art That Sells together with the guidance of top art agent Lilla Rogers. A five week course which focuses on a different markets in the art and design world. This week was all about making art for Home Decor. Our theme was based on Staffordshire pottery. Or if we wanted to we could choose another type of ceramics. l looked at vintage kitch figures from the mid-century instead. Staffordshire pottery just isn’t my cup of tea!  The assignment was to design 2 – 4 plates for a tablewear collection to mix and match. Below are a few sketches of my figurines.

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l worked with different tones of blue as l think one never tires of eating from a plate with a blue pattern on it. Food always looks great on it! Here is my collection of four plates which are all quite different from each other. l think it’s more interesting to have a mixed collection that isn’t too matchy-matchy! l used type and a little story about owls, so l gave the collection the name “Once Upon a Time”.

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Today we are starting a new assignment which is based on a the children’s book market! This feel pretty exciting, as l know it will be quite a challenge! Let you know next week how it goes! Until then have a great week!

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pasta & vintage pyrex dishes

Today l just uploaded my first assignment for a course that l started on Monday. Held by Make Art That Sells and with the guidance of top art agent Lilla Rogers it is a 5 week course which focuses on a different markets in the art and design world. This week was all about making art for Bolt Fabric. Designing art for fabric is something that l am trained in with BA Textile Design and have worked for many years with it off and on in the home and fashion industries. However l did learn a few new things this week despite my degree and years of experience!

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The assignment was to create a pattern inspired by pasta and vintage pyrex dishes. Above and below are some sketches using pens and a nib pen with black ink.

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I scaned in my drawings and began working with them digitally in Adobe illustator. It was such a fun assignment as l love to make patterns and love retro and vintage themes! So it was such a joy working on this! Below is the final artwork!

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Here are three co-ordinates to go with the main design.

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Here is another colourway that l created. 

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And here are the co-ordinates to the extra colourway.

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Aside from working on other projects, tomorrow l will be starting a new week in my MATS A course, this time we will be learning all about the Home Decor market! So excited! So stay tuned for my results in my next blog post next Sunday! Have a great week!
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watercolour wednesdays

Hello there! Just thought l’d share with you that l will be posting a new watercolour each Wednesday on my Instagram feed, you are welcome to follow me here @patternpenny. These watercolour paintings are a part of my “Illustrations” collection that l’m starting to build upon. Here are the results from yesterdays “Watercolour Wednesday.” A little pink robin, “With Brave Wings She Flies!” Because sometimes we all need a little extra encouragement!

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Lilla Roger’s global talent search 2015

Last Friday l uploaded my entry for the Lilla Roger’s Global Talent Search 2015.

Lilla Rogers is the founder of Lilla Rogers Studio, a visionary art agency that represents over three dozen artists from around the world and has sold art for products worth over $100 million. An accomplished illustrator and painter herself, she has been in the business for over three decades.1  So if you want to be represent by an illustration & design agency this is definately the one!!! Lilla Rogers also run fabulous courses which are found at Make Art That Sells. All courses from the Lilla Rogers Studio School are produced and managed by Do What You Love Limited. The Lilla Rogers Studio Global Talent Search has become one of the most prestigious prizes in the art industry. The Grand Prize winner wins two years’ international representation from Lilla Rogers Studio, plus a host of covetable product licenses, and a series of prizes to support the development of their professional career. 2

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Above are some of my preliminary sketches. Some of my sketches didn’t make it into my final design.

The brief that we were given was amazing and so fun to work with. It was about a girl called Antoinette and her demographic, all the things and places that she is fond of. Even her favourite foods and her work place were included. From this information and photos we were to design a pattern for a pair of sneakers that Antoinette would like to wear. l read and re-read the brief at least 15 times…. maybe more to really get a feel for Antoinette’s style. l tried to incorporate both my own and Antoinette’s style into my design. l used Antoinette’s favourite colour “robin-egg-blue” and many elements and colours from Antoinette’s daily life. l also kept my “folky/mirrored” pattern style obvious so that l was still being true to Me! It was like being in a day with Antoinette. So l called my piece “Antoinette’s Lovely Day”. Below is my final design complete with a light charcoal etched bird and a flat graphic flower.

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Here is a close up of my pattern. l have motifs of glass etching (taken from vintage perfume bottles), oriental motifs, element from Antoinette’s stockings, flat graphic florals, peony flowers and my folky style all collaborated into one to create Antoinette’s sneaker pattern.

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The Lilla Roger’s Global Talent Search is now in it’s third year and l think that there are approximately close to 1000 people who entered this year. On Friday the 4th of September they will announce the top 50. These lucky artists will go on to the second round and receive their next assignment. After that it is narrowed down again and another assignment is given. Then the winner is chosen. Keep your fingers crossed for me that l may make it through to the second round!! Remember….. never give up on your dreams!

Until next time, take care x

  • Just thought l’d let you know that l didn’t make it through to the top 50 unfortunatly. However l am a true believer in that everything happens for a reason and that there is always next year! 🙂

1: Text taken from http://makeartthatsells.com/about/who-we-are/    2: Text taken from http://makeartthatsells.com/courses/global-talent-search-2016-dates-tbc/

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portfolio printed

l have now assembled all of my designs that are here on my webpage in a portfolio! lt’s nice to see them printed in a larger size, and it will be convenient to show clients. My portfolio book was made by Blurb online. “Blurb® is a self-publishing and marketing platform that unleashes the creative genius inside everyone. Blurb’s platform makes it easy to design, publish, promote, and sell professional-quality printed books and ebooks.”

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l designed the layout in Adobe In Design with a plugin that Blurb provides, however there are several other methods that you use to put together your portfolio at Blurb.  l chose the “Large Square” format which is 12 x 12 inches, (30 x 30 cm). l can highly recommend them, the finish is great and the delivery time was very quick. Above are a few close up photos of my portfolio.

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summer school- part 2

Here are my last couple of assignments on The Make It In Design Summer School 2015. Make It In Design is a collaboration between internationally-acclaimed surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kemptdifferneton, founder of Do What You Love. They are based in the UK, but all their courses are delivered online and are accessible from anywhere in the world. 1 There are three different design levels, Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. l took two levels, Intermediate & Advanced. The creative briefs are inspired by real 2016 trends predicted by WGSN, the world’s leading trend website.

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Above is my moodboard for “Classic Font Clash” the Intermediate assignment. ALL IMAGES on my moodboards are taken from PINTEREST, you can find any of the images on my Pinterest board MIID. For this assignment you were to experiment by using different font styles, both classic, modern and hand lettering. You could also choose a quote or saying that resonated with you. Here below are some different colourways.

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And l chose the pink colourway. l used softer colours than my moodboard as they resonated closer to the brief.

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For the Advanced assignment we were to design a pattern based on a trend from WGSN called “Summer Psychedelic” Here’s my moodboard…

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ALL IMAGES on my moodboards are taken from PINTEREST, you can find any of the images on my Pinterest board MIID. Below is my final design for the Advanced asssignment “Summer Psychedelic” and also mocked up as wallpaper. 

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All mockup images were supplied by the Make It In Design course. It has been four weeks of fun doing the “Summer School” course, meeting other designer from around the world. Also being involved in the private Facebook group for the course has been really positive. l can definitely recommend doing this course, it opens your eyes up to what other designers are doing and also gives you a great insight to future trends!

1 Taken from http://makeitindesign.com/about/
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outdoor summer sketching

As a part of the Make It In Design Summer School course that l’m currently doing we had a creative exercise given to us last week. Outdoor summer sketching, this involved sketching with your eyes closed, using your wrong hand or even your foot. Both of my children were very eager to take part in this exercise which made it lots of fun for the whole family! We used a couple of different mediums, coloured pencils and black ink pens. 

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Anyway my son got right into it and started drawing with his foot…. without me even suggesting it!

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Our theme was suggested my my daughter, flowers, butterflies and birds! Which was fine by me, as they are the things l like to draw most!

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My daughter was really inspired and continued to colour in our drawing after we went inside due to bad weather, unfortunately we are having a pretty chilly summer in Sweden this year!

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It was a great creative exercise, something l can definitely recommend to do with your children!
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summer school- part 1

Thought l’d let you know about a great little course that l’m doing at the moment. It’s called The Make It In Design Summer School 2015. Make It In Design is a collaboration between internationally-acclaimed surface pattern designer Rachael Taylor and award-winning entrepreneur Beth Kemptdifferneton, founder of Do What You Love. They are based in the UK, but all their courses are delivered online and are accessible from anywhere in the world. 1 There are three different design levels, Beginner, Intermediate & Advanced. l took two levels, Intermediate & Advanced. The creative briefs are inspired by real 2016 trends predicted by WGSN, the world’s leading trend website.

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Sketching ideas & moodboard for “Organic Decay” intermediate theme. And below are some different colourways. All images on my moodboards are taken from Pinterest, you can find the images on my Pinterest board MIID.

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The final chosen design!

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Sketching ideas & moodboard for “Past Modern” advanced theme. And below are some different colourways.

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The final chosen design!

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The course runs for 4 weeks and there is a new project each week. It’s quite manageable to do whilst working fulltime. You also get access to a private Facebook group where you can meet other designers from all around the world. l’m half way through now and it’s been a really great experience, enabling me to work outside my comfort zone and challenge my boundries as a designer. l’ll keep you posted on my next assignments!

1 Taken from http://makeitindesign.com/about/

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for the creative & curious

On Friday afternoon l checked my letter box and l found my UPPERCASE magazine issue 26 lying there along side my daughter’s Bamse magazine that she has a subscription to. So suffice to say it was a great mail day for all! So l prepared my cup of green tea that afternoon and sat on the sofa and started reading. I’m not sure why but l started reading the magazine from the back first. Then it jumped out at me @patternpenny on the fourth last page (pg 112), there was l photo that l had taken on instagram for Uppercase magazine using the hash key #uppercaselove.

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My photo is middle bottom @patternpenny.

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And here’s a close up!

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This is the photo on my instagram account @patternpenny.

UPPERCASE publishes books and magazines for the creative and curious: products that spark the imagination and inspire creativity. The eponymous magazine was founded in 2009 by publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool who continues to wear pretty much every hat imaginable. The quarterly print magazine is loved by thousands of subscribers around the world. Truly an independent magazine, UPPERCASE is supported by its readers through subscriptions.”

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It was after my course at CreativeLive with Bonnie Christine that l came across this fantastic magazine. In issue 21 there was a special guide on Surface Pattern Design which was available to download for free. If you sign up for weekly email newsletters from UPPERCASE magazine you will receive this special guide for free! It has 100 portfolios from all around the world. It’s a shame that l missed being in the Uppercase Magazine Surface Pattern Guide. However l’m extremely grateful for my photo on page 112 of Uppercase magazine latest issue 26. It’s an independant magazine definately worth reading, as publisher, editor and designer Janine Vangool really likes to support her readers, as in my case! 🙂 Thanks UPPERCASE magazine!

1. Text from http://uppercasemagazine.com/
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