Make Art That Sells Bootcamp: Design for Sewing Accessories

It’s May, and that means we’re in the final month of Make Art That Sells Bootcamp for 2018. One one hand I can’t believe we’re already at the end, on the other I also can’t believe how much I’ve come on since January and have learnt by doing this course. It’s been a huge confidence boost and not only have the briefs been really interesting and fun but the online community is outstanding. Full of support and advice, and crucially for me featuring a great number of people of are already working in the industry and who are more than ready to share their experience and advice. This alone makes the course worthwhile and I will miss it.

So our second to last project has been to draw sewing accessories. Our mini was to draw sewing bits and pieces three ways….I only managed one way, oops!

 

 

A digital illustration from a brush pen drawing. I experimented with colouring the lines rather than leaving the usual black. I like it! Our main brief was to create design for a sewing tray or cup, the type of object you would have on your desk when you are happy at your sewing machine. I wanted to do something with a folky feel, using symmetry and a limited colour palette. Below are a few of my research pics, you can see the rest of my Pinterest board where these pictures are from here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Below are my initial pen drawing for the design. I’ve found drawing on cheap printer paper is the way forward, no fear of messing up a pristine sketchbook creating inhibitions! I start by sketching in pencil with my favourite Papermate non-stop HB mechanical pencil, then inking the sketches with a Mitsubishi Unipin fibre-tip pen.

 

 

And so I chopped it all together, coloured it and here is my final piece. Which background do you prefer? I’m leaning towards the slightly unsafer mustard, I love the way it clashes yet compliments the pink, but I also love the sober and calming effect the blue has. I think the green colour on the mustard one would benefit from a bit of tweaking.

 

 

 

Bit of experimenting with hand-lettering too, although I have a LOT of practise to do!

 

 

Finally I couldn’t resist a bit of mock-up fun. Tooting on the old personal trumpet but I’m pretty pleased with this one. After a bit of tinkering with the text I think it’s got legs, so expect to see it in my Redbubble store soon 🙂

 

 

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