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Buddha Bowl Illustration

Buddha Bowl Illustration

Buddha Bowl Illustration. Around a month ago I was contacted by a new magazine in Edinburgh called “Turadh Magazine” with a view to creating an illustration for them. Turadh is the Scottish Gaelic word for a “break in the clouds” and Turadh magazine is about wellbeing and mindfulness. April Smith, who is the magazine editor, and I met at the Edinburgh “Magfest” event and she asked me if I could create an illustration for their “D.I.Y. Buddha Bowl” article.

When we discussed ideas about the article, April was really respectful of my opinions and ideas for this illustration. I provided two different sketches of this illustration and she picked the one we both really liked. I’ve always wanted to illustrate a “cooking scene”, the kind where you’re looking down on someone preparing and/or cooking food but I’ve not a chance to do this until now. I like the kind of photos that only show people’s hands, the food they are making and the table setting. This is what I proposed and so I was really happy to be able to create this editorial illustration.

If you’ve never heard about a Buddha Bowl before they are basically a vegetarian health dish. Some people call them “protein bowls”, some “glory bowls” and my favourite is a “hippy bowl”. Apparently Gwyneth Paltrow loves these (not saying this is a fact) so you get the idea of who might like these. In fact I would I eat these at home but for my husband demanding meat in almost ever meal we eat. Literally if meatatarian were a term he’d be one.

Because this article is about making a buddha bowl, I illustrated a load of vegetables, grains, a chopping board and other ingredients that you can use to create your own buddha bowl around it. The idea is the reader reads the article and when they see the beautiful organic vegetables and ingredients, and of course the illustration itself, they will hopefully want to create one themselves.

So this is what I created for Turadh Magazine. Hope you like.

buddha bowl illustration
chopping board illustration
Make Art That Sells Home Decor Class

Make Art That Sells Home Decor Class

Make Art That Sells Bolt Home Decor Class

Make Art That Sells Home Decor Class. Home decor is the second part of Make The Art Sells Class from Lilla Rogers studio. In this home decor class we have been given a range of very broad information, what the current trends are and what clients want to see. In the mini exercises we have been asked to have a look at different Staffordshire pottery and we will use a little bit of time to draw these Staffordshire pottery and to study them.

My favourite Staffodshire pottery are leopards and mermaid statues. In the end I decided to go a bit further and to study and draw the mermaid statue. The reason to do that is because I always want to draw a “mermaid” and my daughter loves mermaid. She must have asked me a thousand times to draw her a mermaid but before I was really busy with all the project I have to do so I haven’t had a chance to do so until now. So I decided to use this opportunity to illustrate a mermaid for her.

Also I never got a chance to illustrate and design anything related to “Valentine’s Day” so I decided to design and illustrate some home decor products to target the Valentine’s day market. That’s why I used the details from the Staffordshire pottery mermaid to illustrate my mermaid and merman illustration.

In the final project for this home decor class, we had to create at least 2 plates that are inspired by Staffordshire pottery and they have to look like they are from a collection. So I created two plates and two enamel mugs for my final work. For the two external mugs I used the same style I used to illustrate the seaweed and sea shells to write “his” and “hers” for the two mugs. So a customer can buy these plates and mugs as a set for their loved one.

The “his” mug and “merman” plate use different shades of blue as the main colour. The “hers” and “mermaid” plate use different shades of pink as the main colour. I was going to illustrate the hair of the mermaid blonde but then my little “art directed” suggested pink will be more suitable for this illustration and collection. So that’s why the mermaid has pretty pink hair.

If not for joining this class, I will never draw anything related to Staffordshire pottery or mermaids but because of this class I got a chance to draw something new, which is great. It will push me to think, illustrate and design differently. The most important thing is when I’m working on these artworks I’m able to be myself and illustrate in my style and illustrate things that make me happy.

Here is some of the work I’ve done for this Make Art That Sells Home Decor Class and if you like my mermaid and merman illustrations you can have a look of my work on Artrookie and Redbubble.

Make Art That Sells Bolt Home Decor Class
Make Art That Sells Bolt Home Decor Class
Make Art That Sells Bolt Home Decor Class
Make Art That Sells Bolt Home Decor Class

At the top of this article you will have seen the two plates I created along with the two mugs. Here are some closer up shots of the mermaid and merman illustrations.

mermaid illustration
merman illustration
Make Art That Sells Bolt Fabric Class

Make Art That Sells Bolt Fabric Class

orange pasta bag

Make Art That Sells Bolt Fabric Class. Make Art That Sells is a website with a number of illustration based classes run by Lilla Rogers. From the moment I discovered her classes I’ve been dying to join one and just over a week ago I bit the bullet and joined one.

I have been working as a freelance illustrator for roughly 5 years now and the projects I normally work on are children’s illustration, advertising, editorial and children’s books. I’ve always had a passion for home decor, pattern design, greeting card design and product design but I of course always want to learn more but sometimes you need some direction for these new things. Also time has been, and continues to an extent, a huge issue so when Make Art That Sells changed the course format from five intense weeks to “self-paced, this became perfect for me.

So I decided to start with MATS A self-paced class. This class targets a total of five different markets, which are: bold fabric, home decor, children’s book, wall art and the gift market. The reason I choose MATS A first because I really want to learn all the tips and information about creating fabric patterns, home decor, children’s book and majority of the markets mentioned in this course. So I decide to start with MATS A first. For some reason when I tried to create my own patterns before they never quite worked and I couldn’t figure out why but after just the first week of Lilla Rogers Make Art that Sells MATS A class everything clicked and I feel completely inspired.

In this course, we will have a mini exercise after each tutorial then you are given a brief for your assignment. In the bolt fabric mini exercise, everyone has to draw different shapes of pasta and casserole dishes.  If you follow my illustration blog/website or even my Instagram account you will know how much I love food illustrations and anything related to food and cooking. I had so much fun illustrating different kinds of pasta, casserole pans and anything related to this subject.

You can illustrate probably anything related to food and cooking in this bolt fabric pattern assignment. For my first bolt fabric pattern, I decided to use a reddish-orange colour for the background colour because this colour reminds me of pasta sauce. There is a restriction when designing fabric patterns for this class. If like me you use Adobe Illustrator as your medium then you can only use 5-10 colours on your patterns. I’ve shown the colours used I represented this in colour bubbles next to my logo on the last picture on this article.

Apart from the main pattern, I also created two co-ordinated patterns to accompany my main pattern. I took some elements from these patterns and also some of the colours so people will these are like a collection.

Before this class, I felt a bit alien in the illustration industry because of commission projects I got required my to create “icons” or “spot illustrations”. I love creating these kind of illustrations and they pay for my living but sometimes people will give you that kind of impression that because your illustrations lack a scene they have less value. The thing is a I can create illustrations with different scenes but currently the projects I’m working on are more like icons and spot illustrations. But after I learnt how to create bolt fabric design I’ve discovered these icons can be made into beautiful fabrics, wrapping papers and I’m absolutely loving creating all kinds of patterns.

Hope you like my first pattern collection. I’ve already created some products and designed some mock products that show you what these patterns look like on products. Once I’ve completed the whole course I’m going to spend some time to shape my pattern creating skills and create more patterns.

If you like my patterns and illustrations you can purchase different items on my redbubble, Artrookie and Society6.

make art that sells bolt fabric class
make art that sells bolt fabric class
make art that sells bolt fabric class
make art that sells bolt fabric class
make art that sells bolt fabric class
Pasokin Peanut Butter Crumbs Poster

Pasokin Peanut Butter Crumbs Poster

pasokin peanut butter crumbs poster

Two days before Christmas 2016 I was contacted by a California based food company called “Pasokin Candy” who asked me if I could create some illustrations for a poster and flyer illustration and design for them. The idea is they would display the posters in cafes and yoghurt/ice cream bars and they also wanted flyers that could be left on tables.

Pasokin specialise in peanut based snacks that are high in protein and fibre and originate from Brazil. They sell both a “Pasokin Original Peanut Snack” as well as “Peanut Butter Crumbs” which you add as a topping onto yoghurts, smoothies, ice cream etc.

I was over the moon as I love working on this kind of project and it also sounds like a lot of fun. Funny thing is I live in the UK but I get most of my commissions from all over the world. I’m working on a large long term contract with a customer from China and many of my clients are from the USA while just a handful are from then UK.

Pasokin basically found me through my Instagram channel and after a few emails communicating about what they wanted, we decided to use bright yellow from the packaging as the background colour. They wanted the poster and flyer to appeal to families with children, old people and athletes. I created two different styles of poster, one which is quite complicated with a lot of details and the other final version a lot simpler. For the first poster I tried to illustrate everything the client wanted on a single poster but we mutually felt it was too complicated so I redesigned the whole thing and produced another poster sketch for my client.

They loved the second poster idea so we went ahead with that. For the second poster idea, I illustrated a family of four. The dad represents the athlete and because peanut candy crumbs are mainly added to breakfast bowls, acas bowls porridge, smoothies etc, I also illustrated a grandmother, mother and child adding pasokin peanut candy crumbs into their bowls. The little boy added peanut crumbs to his ice cream and the main message is that the product is “100% Natural and Gluten free but also suitable for vegans.

It was fun, challenging but also satisfying working on this kind of project. For the vast majority of jobs I do I just focus on creating illustrating but for this job I was able to do the “design” part of the job as well, so I got full control of the art direction which for me was a delight.

So within this article are three pictures. The first is the final poster, the second is the first more complicated poster and I’ve also included the original header I created and that was approved but then Pasokin completely changed their mind.

pasokin logo
food poster advertising campaign
Bread Meats Bread Childrens Menu Illustration

Bread Meats Bread Childrens Menu Illustration

Bread Meats Bread Chilldrens Menu Illustration. One of my person projects in 2016 was to create an illustrated restaurant guide for Edinburgh and one of the restaurants I chose to illustrate is “Bread Meats Bread”, which is a very popular and even more delicious burger restaurant in both Edinburgh and Glasgow.

One thing that cities in the UK especially don’t lack are burger restaurants. Edinburgh has literally dozens of them and my husband and I have been to a few but for us Bread Meats is one of the really special ones. Their burgers are delicious in general and their luther burgers (especially) and poutine’s are really something special.

This illustrated restaurant guide is my tribute to some the coolest and best restaurants in and around Edinburgh and so I was delighted when the owner of Bread Meats Bread contacted me for this exciting project. Personally I love it when my personal projects turn into jobs and it was a pleasure meeting Yll, the manager/owner at Bread Meats Bread in his original Glasgow restaurant to discuss ideas.

Ylli really liked my illustrated restaurant guide so we decided to use the same idea but redesigned and re-illustrated for their children’s menu. This is the first time they have created a children’s menu and it was my first time creating a children’s menu so it was a lot of fun to work on.

I’ve also recorded a time lapse video of how I drew a buttermilk chicken burger. I tend to share quite a lot of sketches on my social media channels so people have been asking me what my illustration process is. So I’ve attached a time lapse video that shares part of my illustration process. I hope this will demonstrate how a fairly rough sketch turns into a final piece of work.

I’m still waiting to see an actual printed children’s menu so I might visit Bread Meats Bread sometime soon to try to grab a copy of the menu I designed and illustrated.

bread meats bread childrens menu
bread meats bread childrens menu

I also created a timelapse that shows how I illustrated one of the menu items. People often ask me how I create items and I’ve just finished putting together my second Chinese language illustration class so thought it would be fun to share my process.

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