This week's assignment for Lilla Roger's class was to create a greeting card for winter holiday / Christmas. And I struggled with it. Big time. I hated having to do Christmas art, it was so hard to find my joy, I loved my sketches so much more when they were on paper then when I brought them into the computer, I couldn't come up with a good idea - I wanted some sort of "Vita-stamp" on there, meaning I didn't want to do anything generic ... that's the point of me taking this class, after all. Finally, FINALLY, after I started playing around more and sketching forest creatures, I found a little happiness. After all this struggling, and more struggling with color, this is what I came up with:
I like it - I'm glad I did some animals, and that I used dark colors that are way out of my comfort zone. It's not perfect, but it's much better than I thought it would be when I started. I love the lettering and the fox - he's sophisticated and maybe a little bit indie.... maybe. I'm trying! After listening the the art review today from Lilla - which was GREAT - I have a million more ideas on how to tweak this bad boy. I think it needs to be happier somehow - Lilla talked about that in her review. I think it might not be fun enough. But that will have to wait til after the class ends - I've got the next assignment to do!
But part of this paper assignment was to create TWO cards. Here's a little watercolor and pencil gem that I came up with... I loved painting it - it felt SO GOOD to get away from the computer. I'll have to come up with some more ornaments for this guy to hang out with, and fill up the page a little more. And as luck would have it, as I painted this on Sunday afternoon, just an hour before deadline, I came up with ANOTHER idea for this card that I can't wait to do. I'm not frustrated with Christmas art anymore! I'm ready to roll.