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MATS A Week 1 Bolt Fabric Market

Susanne Kasielke

Last Monday I've started with Lilla Roger's "Make Art That Sells" e-course – For 5 weeks I will learn how to make and sell commercially-viable art.

The first week was all about the Bolt Fabric Market. The assignment was to create a vintage inspired vegetable/kitchen pattern.

All my classmates have created fantastic work and I personally love it when they share their unique process and inspiration. 
The next 4 weeks I'm planning on sharing a little bit of how I work.

What I love about Lilla's course it that first you only get to know the overall theme. 
Which basically means: the sky is the limit.
I've started off with some pencil sketches, tried black marker and used watercolor and gouache (which was not really working for me so I'm not showing it ;)

Once I sketched and sketched and sketched it became pretty clear, that I loved the Pyrex inspired dishes with their little ornaments on it as well as the style of the roughly sketched vegetables.
I've scanned everything and had no idea where I was going. To start somewhere I've vectorized all elements in Illustrator. 
And played around. With Color. With size. With texture.
I knew I wanted to integrate some structure and texture to make the illustrations less flat. 

I'm still struggling a lot how to keep my pencil style in my patterns. I'm still far from figuring it out, but this week I got a couple of steps closer. I think ;)

Click here to see my final piece on flickr!

working in Illustrator

I'm getting closer - at least with the colors

my final piece  

my final piece