I did not make it to the 2nd round of Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search contest 2015. I was surprised and, of course, disappointed. The majority of designs that made the cut are, for the most part, strong and fit the criteria. The presentations were also very professional and made me wonder if I should have worked harder on that aspect. I submitted my pattern/painting without placing it into a sneaker template and I added very few additional elements. This may have made no difference, it's possible my design just didn't appeal to them, but it's something to think about. Here's a bit of detail, you can see it in it's entirety in last week's post.
I am happy for my fellow MATS bootcamp friends that did make it! It should be fun to follow their progress and see their submissions. Although, I know it will be tough not to imagine what I would have done for each assignment.
I'm also looking into other submission opportunities. The Society of Illustrators has their 58th Annual Exhibition in January. The deadline has been extended to Oct 23rd. Granted, there's a slim chance I'll get into this particular show, but I have nothing to lose! That's what Lena, the cat keeps telling me ;)
I need to find a way to gain more exposure and somehow reach out to companies I'm interested in licensing my work to. It can be tricky to find out contact information for buyers, but surely it's not impossible. Here is a portion of my Dream List (just putting it out there) - in no particular order...
- The Land of Nod
- Blue Q
- Oopsy Daisy
- Pottery Barn Kids
- Crate & Barrel
- Madison Park/ipop
- Robert Kaufman Fabrics
- And numerous publishing houses!
I realize writing this, that many of these companies are on the judging panel for the following rounds of the GTS contest. Admittedly, I feel jealous all over again, but I suppose it's important to recognize how much I want this for my work. I did submit, rather last minute, to Marie Perkins' Print & Pattern upcoming book on 'Nature'. I saw her call for artists the day of the deadline and sent 10 jpegs. Here are some - you never know?
I've created artwork for many years, but often on the periphery. I studied commercial and fine art and I've predominantly made my living painting sets in the film business. I've been lucky to be in a union, United Scenic Artists Local 829. I've also had success painting murals and taking on private commissions. I just feel restless and ready to go to the next level. I have friends who have broken through the tough field of children's book publishing and I want that also. I'm so impressed by the hard work my friends, Kristine Lombardi, Melissa Iwai and Yuko Katakawa put into their work. I see that perseverance can really pay off. I'm trying hard to finally put myself out there, get in the game ... and be resilient when things don't go my way.
Meanwhile, I've added a few phone case designs to my Society 6 Shop -
Below, is the one I bought for myself. 'Bunny & buoys' has received lots of nice comments from people, and not just from friends :)
I would love to see my work on fabrics, wallpaper, bags, stationery, home decor and anything in the kids' market. Ok, maybe in any market ;) I might take Lilla's Home Decor MATS class starting end of Jan 2016. Some of my favorite pieces have come out of her classes. We'll see. I'm also trying to save some money, in hopes of doing a little travel. A friend took his family to Amsterdam last spring and they stayed on a houseboat. The pictures are magical! He said it's one of the most stunning places, visually, he's ever seen. I can tell from pics on Pinterest, but it's so much better to see for yourself, not to mention all the incredible art located there.
Ok, I know I'm not the 1st to decorate or frame my face with my own art, but I think I established a level of excess I haven't seen elsewhere ;)
Hope you're still enjoying this long Labor Day weekend!
Thanks for taking a look! xo, A