Part of my goals in "the Year of
the Portfolio" was to take a few courses. In June Make art that Sells, a
new e-course by Lilla Rogers (a great illustrator and agent whose
artists I've been admiring for years) popped up in my News feed and I
jumped to sign up. I'd only found out about Part A three days before the
course started so when it DID start I was completely overwhelmed with
the roller coaster of inspirations, assignments and trying to balance
getting the work done and not having the rest of my life fall apart.
roller coaster was well worth it. Even though I spend my days
illustrating and designing (and people pay me for it!) I can't even tell
you how much better my work has become. So much so that the work that I
did during the course wound up being almost half of my new portfolio.
Most of the work that was going to go in (pre-MATS) didn't make the cut
for this redesign. Good thing Part B has just started so I can fill up
Week 1 (Part B) is about the Paper Market, and assignment 1 is to make a card using Christmas ornaments and candy. Every Monday, Lilla assigns us a "mini assignment" to get the creative juices flowing. It usually involved creating icons, or playing somehow.
Immediately I started drawing my icons.