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.

Spain Map Illustration

Spain Map Illustration

Spain Map Illustration. I started illustrating this map of Spain right at the end of 2016. I was tying up all my commissions for the year and gave myself a couple weeks to work on personal projects and one of these projects was this map. I had been intending to work on this map for a few months but with family, work and everything else I had going on it was impossible. Plus these maps need a lot researching, sketching and the elements take time to illustrate.

So after a few late nights I only completed this illustrated map of Spain last month but why did I decide to illustrate another map. Firstly they’re a lot of fun to illustrate and they bring up a lot of good memories, which I’ll go into below. Also a Taiwanese illustration and design magazine called “DPI Magazine” invited me to be one of their featured illustrators for their February issue. The maps I’ve created to date have generated me quite a lot of good business and I wanted to introduce people to maps with my more recent illustration style.

With this motivation I created this map before the magazine’s deadline and I can’t wait to see my illustrations in the latest issue of DPI magazine!

Back to memories, I visited Spain with my husband back in 2010. Back at this time our friend Lorenzo lived in Granada, Spain. Lorenzo is a pretty cool guy, for almost a decade he’s been moving across the globe living and working in different countries whilst learning the language, culture, etc. I met him while working at a popular hotel in Edinburgh and we’ve remained friends since. So we decided to visit him in Spain and we also travelled around Granada and Madrid. For Madrid I really liked the Museo Reina Sofia, the Mercado de San Miguel food market and the Rastro flea market was cool but the city didn’t really blow my socks off.

Granada did blow my socks off though, it had amazing food, stunning weather and the architecture was really beautiful. The Alhambra was really beautiful, we loved all the various cafes, the seafood was great and we of course loved the tapas. I loved that we could go to a bar, pay a couple euros and we’d get a glass of beer with some (mostly) really delicious food. In effect the food was free, how awesome is that. We had a lot of laughs, fun and our bellies were always happy from the food and drink. So I do want to go back to Spain one day and visit the hundreds of other awesome locations and things going on in Spain.

So this map is a combination of memories but a lot of research as well. As with my other maps, this map is focused on food, drink, tourist attractions and some fun things related to Spain. I also illustrated “Pablo Picasso” and “Salvador Dali” on the map as they are two of my favourite Spanish artists.

When I illustrated this map, I felt like I was going down memory lane and I wanted to deliver this happy feeling to people who viewed my map. I hope you want to visit Spain in the future.

Incidentally you can also purchase this map via my Etsy shop here

map of spain illustration
map of spain illustration detail
map of spain illustration detail
map of spain illustration detail
map of spain illustration framed
map of spain illustration elements

American Cookbook Illustrations

American Cookbook Illustrations

This American Cookbook Illustrations project is another really fun project that I worked on in 2016. An American lady hired me to illustrate 20 recipe illustrations for her cookbook. She decided to make a cookbook for her friends and family for a Christmas gift so she got in touch, we agreed on terms and prices and then we got to work.

We’re both very busy people, she has a busy full time job and I’m always working on 4-5 commissioned projects every month so we both decided to work on this project over the course of 3-4 months simply to give both of us less pressure.

So the way we worked together is she cooked a batch of dishes she wanted to put in this book and she took some really simple photos (but clear enough for me to see the shape and colour of the food. She would then email me the photos, I would sketch the dishes and email back to her for approval. I would illustrate the food in different platings and with different surroundings. Once approved I would develop the illustrations in Illustrator and do final editing in Photoshop. This is typical of how I work with almost all of my clients.

The most challenging part of this project is there were some dishes I have never cooked or tried in my life. Once I have tried a dish I’m pretty good at visualising how it should be plated but three dishes; “Stuffed Chayote“, ” Achiote Chickpeas” and “Sloppy Joe” I’ve never tried. So for these dishes I had to email my customer back a couple time to ask for a recipe and/or list of ingredients for that dish. But I do think my chef background helps a lot when I work on this kind of project as I understand a lot of theories about cooking and cooking techniques for a lot of food and ingredients.

My experiences of cooking for my own food blog also helps me a lot when working on this kind of project. If you follow my food blog “Egg Wan’s Food Odyssey” then you know I cook and style all the dishes in my food blog and my husband Chris takes photos for my food. I think many years of food styling and helping out my husband to take food photos helps me to visualise the dish and how to make the whole setting look beautiful. I like to let the surrounding decorations, such as ingredients, tablecloth, cutlery and food itself to tell the story and communicate with viewer through the photos. So I use the same way to comes out some decoration and different setting and angle for my food illustrations as well to try to make viewers feel hungry when they see my food illustrations.

Below are some of the food illustrations from this project. If you want to make a unique and special illustrated cookbook for your friends and family and need some help, please contact me. I can help you with your food illustrations and more.

Achiote Chickpeas illustration
boiled peas with tasso ham illustration
creamy risotto with beet greens illustration
fideo illustration
milanese with rice and beans illustration
naked strawberry cake illustration
pot roast illustration
quinoa paella illustration
stuffed chayote illustration
sweet potato mac and cheese illustration
beer simmered bratwurst illustration
chocolate avocado cake illustration
enchiladas royas and suizas illustration
grilled pineapple with cheese illustration
nachos illustration
pastor illustration
purple potato salad illustration
sloppy joe illustration
sweet potato gratin illustration
tofu taco illustration
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