f June 2013 - Art Eye Candy

Snail Trails...

So, just latelyI've been busy following another of my continued goals, and that is to get my artwork onto products.  I'm already licensed for my artwork on greetings cards and that has been totally fantastic.  But I'd love to widen the scope for new possibilities.
Not so long ago, whilst sitting with my Dad in the hospice, I happened to come across a posting on FB for Lilla Rogers new online course 'Make Art That Sells'.  It was the perfect thing, and as you might be aware, Lilla is a very fabulous Art Agent.  
(find out about Lilla and the course I'm taking HERE)

Anyway, after Dad passed away, I decided that maybe I should go for it, and that it would also fit in nicely alongside the Masters Degree in Children's Book Illustration that I'm due to start in September. So, I signed up.
I thought I'd share one of the projects that I've just been working on for this weeks assignment.  The brief was to illustrate a book cover or spread for the story 'The Snail and the Rose Tree' by Hans christian Andersen.
Here's what I did.

(planning the page in pencil)
I thought the snail should have a distinguished look!
Next, I started to add color with watercolor paint.

such a fun project!

I made the foreground darker and added a little space for my name credits.  I also added an outline to the snail with indian ink and a dip pen (the kind you use for calligraphy).

 notice the little umbrella!

 and the roses.
(all the fine detail is done with ink)

And finally,
here is the final finished cover.

I'm really pleased how the cover turned out, especially as this is the first book cover I have had the pleasure of illustrating.

So today, 
I'm waiting to hear what this weeks assignment will be so I can try my hand at that,
it's fun to try new things!

Rachelle x


Got Wings...

I'm literally counting down the days...  It's been a long time since I was THIS excited about something.  So the least i can do is share it with you all right?  Well, ok.
On the 27th of August I'll be flying over to the USA to get ready to teach my first ever US art workshop! (hopefully the first of many)
I cannot tell you what this means to me, although if you've been following the blog, then you'll probably have an idea about just how much I'm smiling over this.  Teaching in the US was one of my goals for 2012/13 and it's happening!!! Woo Hoooo!
Ok, calm down Rachelle, here's what I'll be up to.

On the 30th August - 1st September, I'll be teaching at the Chic(K) Art Soiree hosted by the very fabulous Elena Lai Etcheverry at the Charity Wings Art Center in San Marcos, California. (get the address HERE)
I'll be teaching the lovely students how to make this fantastic mixed media box.  We'll cover woodburning (yes- woodburning!) and use the 'bleed' method to create a fabulous chick for the lid.  What secrets and keepsakes will your box hold?

LoVe how she looks on the lid.

will I be teaching class, BUT the very fabulous 
will be too!
It's going to be a fantastic event, and I've heard on the grapevine that places are filling fast.
I'd LoVe to see you there...
Get more info about what Jamie will be teaching
 and BOOK your SPOT

and then you can count down the days too!

Rachelle x

(where the magic happens)


The girl(s) who wanted to fly - part ONE

(all artwork by Heidi Mc Donald)

I've been thinking for a while about this.  It's something I'm always very curious about.  That is, how you go from the 'pay your bills' job to following your arty dreams.  I love to read interviews and features where fellow arty chicks tell their story.  I'm interested to know their stories, as I am sure you are too.
So, for this blog post, it's not me that's going to be sharing, and showing (well, apart from this bit), today it is the turn of my very first guest...
(drumroll please)
the fabulously talented and all round cool chick

Over to Heidi....

The Girl Who Wanted To Fly

After Art school i thought "That's it ! I am a proper Artist and now i am going to get a proper artists job" 
Not being that straight forward i found myself with a shiny new Art Degree working in a curtain shop so i could pay my rent and a night working away on ideas and getting freelance designs jobs here and there. 
I hated working in a curtain shop and would wonder when my time when i could be a real artist ! Not realising i already was, i just needed to feel it.
My dreams of turning my passion of art and design into a career went on hold after many years of ill health, the freelance work dried up and i packed up my art stuff thinking it was all too late for that.
Life and my health turned around and i found a unstoppable thirst to get back into drawing, to make, to create.
How amazing that now the creative world had opened up with the internet and i was able to connect with amazing talent, read inspiring blogs, immerse myself in workshops and read how other artists had grown there dreams into reality.
The time felt right to take the leap and so...
I took a part time job and started to think beyond the sketchbook.
Setting up my Etsy shop was the big leap for me, i made the decision and within months i was up and running, Etsy has been great a wonderful place to sell, and such a thrill to know my  art has reached the corners of the globe.It has lead to my agent finding me !! Commissions and meeting many talented people
Now with a agent in place i am working on broadening my horizons, with children's books, summer exhibitions and hopefully keep building my art, learning and growing.

So what made me go for it ?
I felt it was all passing me by waiting to be a artist...i was one and when i realised that i had the confidence to start selling my art.
Am i making a living from it ? No not yet but i have faith, it's not a overnight thing ! Dreams take work and they don't land through your post box so i have to work for it and just keep the faith ! Que- Jon BonJovi - Keep The Faith *dances round studio* :) 

If you'd like to follow Heidi's adventures, you can find her blog HERE
she has a fab little shop HERE

Thanks so much to Heidi for this fantastic little insight into how she got started,
more tales of the Girls Who Wanted to Fly coming soon.

Rachelle x

p.s. I'm taking a weeks vacation to have a little de-stress, the shop and workshop will re-open on June 15th.

This is dedicated...

It's been a while since my last post... a whole month has just slipped by.  It's been tricky to get my fingers to start typing again, never mind start anything else.  The reason is that my Father passed away.  (you might have read that he has been ill for sometime).  It was expected, not that it makes it any easier to prepare, and thankfully it was very peaceful.  So this is just a quick little catch up, just to let you know where I've been.
This week, the paints will be out again to work their colorful, healing magic and I will be back here.  In the meantime, THANK YOU to those of you who have emailed and messaged me with your kind words.  It helps.

Rachelle x