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.