Sunday, 17 August 2014

Great adventures with little terrariums!

And I'm off into another adventure called GTS or Global Talent Search by Lilla Rogers. GTS originated last year along with Lilla's fabulous MATS (make art that sells) courses and it was a thrill to watch it, it was like Oscars but in the category of ART :) To be honest I never even dreamt that a year from then I will participate in it, but the path this year took me to MATS Bootcamp 1st and then I jumped into GTS as if the ride never stopped. I've been eagerly waiting for the 1st GTS assignment that landed in our email boxes on August 5th! And then I read the title- 'Little terrariums' and then WALL ART! What?! 'Oh, no!'- was my 1st see when you lack experience in a certain field it's easy to get frightened, 'cos the step into the unknown is always a bit's about trust and faith-trusting yourself that as an artist it doesn't matter what market you're creating for, you are good at creating and you can do it. And having faith that if you allow yourself to let go of fear you will find yourself in a natural flow of creativity. Letting go of fear and embracing the adventure releases joy into the creative part and joy mixed with faith moves mountains!

So I started to change my way of thinking and thought of possibilities I have with the theme...and then I thought to myself-'what if there were no boundaries, if it's the land of magic where all is allowed and there are no rules...what if I place into something so small as a terrarium something that is very much the opposite and could never fit in there if in a 'real' world, what if...' Cos when I was browsing thru all of the little terrariums on Pinterest they all looked so magical to a whole another little world on it's own...and the idea was born along with the lines from a quote of one of my favourite writers E.A. Poe. I cannot reveal just yet those things cos I would reveal everything then but I will write a proper post on my GTS piece as soon as the gallery is unveiled. My aim from the beggining was kid's wall art cos that's where my strenght resides :) And I have chosen a very bright colourful palette to accompany my concept. I have battled with the lettering placement for 2 days however cos for some reason it didn't work as well as on my sketch...the lettering design itself I was pleased with tho. I managed to find a solution which I realise is not perfect but it's not the worst one either, and it'll be a great lesson for the future :)

Since we were asked to post our work only after the gallery is revealed I cannot post my piece here now but I will treat you with a little plant that didn't make the cut but I love it just as well :) it will find it's place in one of my future projects I'm's a little Orchid and I feel responsible for her just as Little Prince was responsible for his rose, cos in the words of Antoine de Saint Exupery-“It is the time you have wasted for your rose that makes your rose so important.” 


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Sunday, 27 July 2014

MATS Bootcamp summerized!

So our fabulous course came to an's been crazy 5 months of emotional rollercoaster but I've enjoyed the ride like nothing before! It's good to get balance in our lives too and to break the restrictions of our limited perspective on things, that being said, I've really just soaked the whole thing in. There were days when I thought 'what am I doing here' and it would usually happen after everyone would start posting their gorgeous work in our group, but it wouldn't last for long and as the time passed by I've really learned to enjoy my art as well as art from the others...and then one day I've just decided to let go and have fun-something Lilla's been trying to teach us from day 1. And you know what? It really does work...cos when you have fun you create your best pieces and others notice too so while you watch all the incredible art flowing in from others you learn to relish in their art but also still loving your own and be comfortable in your own skin.

The most precious thing I've learned in Bootcamp is the importance of 'doodlin', drawing, sketching in my lost forgotten sketchbook...I've taken things way too far with digital, and there's nothing bad in being digital but doing stuff freehand in your sketchbook 1st is something I would recommend to everyone. It's liberating, therapeutic and it raises your drawing skills to a higher gain so much in return. The pleasure of creating something with your own hand and the smell of paper is really something I've missed, and also by doing Lilla's mini assignments you really do stay open to a variety of ideas rushing into your head while you're drawing. It gets your creative juices going and you do create better art. I will never do things the same in my work :)

Of course there are a lot of other things that brought good stuff to me, and some precious nuggets of wisdom Lilla passed down to us, but the main part really is to HAVE FUN! 
It was an incredible journey I would gladely repeat again, so in light of those words I've signed up for Lilla's GTS (Global Talent Search) :) I am very aware it's something of a looong shot for me, but I wanna get the momentum going and just being the part of that buzz gets my juices going :) You can check out here all the goodie prizes awaiting the GTS winner, aren't they AMAZING?! It's beyond amazing, I know!

Now going back to our last July assignment...we were told to create art we would love to hang on our wall or give to a dear friend as a present...basically it was all about making art for ourselves and our soul as I would say, so we were asked not to post any of our work and progress in the group to stay true to ourselves so to speak. And I really loved that! I was more focused and I found it easier to just make art for myself...I was so inspired I was done in 4 days with it...usually it would take me 3 weeks :) lol And don't get me wrong, I loved seeing all the work in the group from the others on regular basis but it was really great to have the last month for myself creating what I really loved and not be worried if anyone else is gonna like it. And the unveiling of the gallery was super sweet and special too, cos it was the feast for the eyes to see art from others I haven't seen before! And what amazing job everyone did...I found that a lot of my fellow bootcampers did better job in this last assignment than in all the previous, but that's just my opinion :) You can check all the gorgeous work from my classmates here!
Here's my work for the last month below:

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I truly am coffee kind of girl all the way! :) lol I had several sketches going on and ultimately went with this simple but down to the point one. After I finished it I got the funny idea to turn this into a 'family portrait collection' :) Cos my hubby is a coffee freak too so I've made one of him too:

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I liked this outcome so I'm currently brainstorming ideas for my kids too...I have a few ideas already so working on how to execute those now...will post updates here so you can see.

And voila, this would be all from me for now. Looking forward to GTS, working on some gouache drawings at the moment...I got drawn by the blueish palette so I'm experimenting with that now too. Will post updates on those too.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

xoxo Ant

Friday, 4 July 2014

Tigerprint Floral entry

I'm a bit late, but wanted to share on my blog my entry for Tigerprint's latest competition called Floral wrapping Competition:

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Yes, you've's the one I used for my blog background :) lol I was quite pleased that my design got shortlisted again amongst other 83 designs out od more than a thousand! I did not win or made the runner up but am soo pleaseed my non kid's work is good enough's def. out of my comfort zone so yay!!! My fellow bootcamper Jo Chambers was one of the runner ups-so congrats Jo once again! You did amazing, very proud of all of my campers and their latest cuccesses! :)

Here's another floral design I did after the competition that I wanted to do but was short on time...and I was trying to make a collection, so I'll make some more but for now here's the 2nd work:

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That would be all for now from me...updates on our last July MATS Bootcamp assignment will follow soon, for now all I can say is we're to draw beverages-yay! :) lol
Have a great weekend everyone!!!


Friday, 27 June 2014

Updates :)

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OMG, where do I start from?! It's been way too long since my last post and I've been soooo mega busy with, well, life in general, that I've just had not time to blog as well :( This illustration you see above was done months before for my dear friend's wedd as an invitation...she's getting married this Sat. on the 28th so 'will be thinking of you Ivana and wishing you and Hari an abundance of love and kindness towards eachother in your mutual life!!!' xoxoxox

She had me design a tank top design for her maid of honour too and so I wasn't able to show that one to anyone before the maid of honour has seen it this last Fri. :) so here it is: 

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I've been entering some competitions too and to my most utter astonishement won 2 competitions...the 1st one was the Hallmark's Competition called 'COOL 4KIDZ' where I've entered my jelly characters from Lilla's Bootcamp only redesigned so they are more suitable for the brief. Here's my winning piece-yay!

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and here are my other 2 entries that were more card oriented:

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I have to admit I was beyond happy for these guys to have won...I love the strawberry gang and am glad they received the love back :) lol 

Then I've entered another competition from Tigerprint with the similar brief and it was called 'Kids Character Design' for Marks & Spencer this time and I won-again! 

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Now I was over the moon, not being able to believe it, cos let's be honest...c'mon 2 competitions in a row (ok 2 months apart) way!!!?? Those who know me know I'm too honest and too naive like a child to pretend being 'surprised' by all this! I NEVER won competitions before! Apart from Epicase, back in 2012 but I was not the winner, I was the 3rd place runner up. My major concern was-I hope this is not my peak!?! I wanna continue to grow and learn and build on my unique I pray this is just a begining and an opportunity for me!

Also I wanna share the work from MATS Bootcamp May and June assignment...the May one was about Editorial design on Meditation and people who have an issue meditating. We were given an article and this was my submision:

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I really had fun doing this prof. or how my fellow Bootcamper Petra calls him Dr. Freud is one of my fave new characters! I'm begining to really LOVE my pieces and that's something I've learned to do in Bootcamp. Like Lilla always says-people buy your joy! I guess it really is the truth! :D

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And this is my June submission for Wall Art! I know it's not a proper wall art per say, but I had tons of fun creating it and have come to love it also in the end as I played a bit with the letters size as suggested by a fellow Bootcamper Kelly :) You can tell how much I appreciate our Bootcamp community and just love being part of it-it's priceless!!! And I feel so blessed :)

Hope I didn't tire you with so much catching up :) Hope there won't be ages till my next post!

All my love to you! xoxoxo


Sunday, 23 March 2014

TDAC'S Glad Party!

This month I was also working on my submission for TDAC's Glad party and I enjoyed working on the recipes! I had some great help from our local chef Jasna who is the head chef over at Velo Caffe restaurant and she does some mean stuff overthere! :) So thank you Jasna once again, you rock! :) Here's my work:
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xoxox Ant

Our jolly March of Jelly at Bootcamp!

So here comes March and with it our new assignment from Lilla-Jelly!
What?! Yes, I was surprised to say the least and I thought to myself- 'Why?!' But we got the mini and I decided to embrace it and see what I can come up with, surely I would think of something! Then I and my girls got very ill so that didn't help my creative process, cos I had none at that point! I haven't been ill like that for 15yrs and now I could not get out of was awful! On top of everything I had 2 munchkins I had to take care of and for 2 weeks it felf like I have a mini pharmacy at home :) Well I managed to create some sketches and after my antibiotics kicked in I finally felt like I was on a roll...until we got the main assignment-bolt fabric! I had a feeling it might be bolt fabric but bolt fabric & jelly?! And all I had so far were cute & funny characters, so I worried they wouldn't fit the assignment but thankfully my fellow bootcampers helped me see a variety of placements for it...a bib, or a kids apron...etc. I felt relieved and I was on a roll again :)

So to cut it short this was my initial work:

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As you can see I used some bright colours and I still like them, but when we got our colour palette and tip on our 3rd Mon. from Lilla I decided to try it out and give the 'nugat' a go :) I tried it and then I ended up mixing some of her colours with some of mine and this was a result:

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I didn't have time to do a proper pattern so I just placed my icons arround and since we'll have April off I will work on it and on some more coordinate patterns too. The gallery will go live on the 25th March and I'll post the link then. Until then this is the final presentation for my March Jelly pattern :)

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My ninja strawberry says hello! :)

xoxox Ant

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cuckooland :)

Yep, and this concludes our February assignment of Cuckoo clock covers for cell phone! I have had so much fun I think I might explode with joy on the inside :) Lol I'm a type of person who works well under guidance, I love guidance and I love learning new things. I can focus on the important things and not loose my focus on silly things, it's great to be under such awesome teacher such as Lilla Rogers! There's something in the way she preps you for the assignment and delivers each new step for you, not to mention her tips are of great value, I'm sure all at Bootcamp would agree with me! I have designed 2 covers in the end...1st one was the minty one below and then on the 2nd week I just had such inspiration I had to do the other cover I had in my my crazy chicken space cuckoo was created as well :)

And then I was playing arround with bckg colours from Lilla's palette and these were done: 

I had such dillema which one to choose to submit to the Gallery...we're able to upload only one per month. Thanks to some of my buddies (Celeste) and my sister who made this task even more harder for me (lol-thanks sis-love you) hahaha I finally chose my fave...I was thinking 'which one would I love to carry arround as a cover?' so the choice fell down to: 

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Viola! My final presentation of the cell phone cover! I think I might upload it to Society 6 store along with all the other if you're interested in getting one for yourself be sure to visit me at my shop- Antoana Oreski Illustration!


Ant xoxo