MATS Bootcamp June 2014

Last Monday we were asked to doodle nautical type icons… think bottle in a ship.

I as always, have to run off and go overboard (‘scuse the pun) and got stuck in one idea.. yes, I did other doodles but Nautical is done so much it’s not easy to be original and I really wanted to see my little drunk Octopus character come to life (before he drowned!!).

This little guy is drowning his sorrows before he drowns!

Octopus sketch
Octopus sketch

initial vector lines started… didn’t like the tentacles or eyes at all…

initial illustrator paths
initial illustrator paths

so I started the illustrator part again…

Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)
Octopus in Illustrator (mobile pic)


I then transferred the vector forms separately to photoshop for textures and colours.

not sure what happened to the umbrella… looks terrible.

also still have to do the startled starfish who I think will be in the crows-nest rather than the boat front… I’ve change my mind on this impromptu figurehead stance!

I’m also debating as to whether he has a jumper… yellow, knitted and stripy… hmmm…

Octopus in boat illustration
WIP – still have yet to do the actual sea waves… and startled starfish!

Today we received news that our nautical doodles to be laid out as wall art… and distressed wood type base?
I know how to transfer photos to other surfaces so I might actually try adding my final design (not the above illustration though) to a piece of wood – I’ve actually just painted backgrounds on canvases but those are for other ideas.

It’s a shame the bottom left small square canvas got ruined… I needed to change my ink as it wasn’t saturated enough to transfer… I print onto tracing paper which helps keep the ink wet then onto a gel medium base on the canvas… also if you have used gold ink for the base I recommend adding a clear gesso or layer of gel medium to that to stop it peeling off… oh well, all in the name of experimenting (I’m not that experienced at mixed media)

Painted Canvases
Painted Canvases

(mobile phone pic)

Close up of one of the canvases...  like this one the most!
Close up of one of the canvases… like this one the most! (mobile phone pic)

Threadless Tesla Pup T-shirt

I put my little Pup on Threadless… so if you feel like voting then please be my guest 😀

just click on the pic below and click on 4 or 5… if you want to click on 1 or 2 then errrr… don’t!

Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt
Tesla Pups Threadless T-shirt


Back to MATS Bootcamp…

sorry for not posting for awhile but I was trying to set up a self hosted blog and got lost in all the details of woo commerce and design elements… I’m now thinking I was wasting my time and just stick to this version instead. sigh (just remembered that visitors get random adverts… )

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design (ABSPD) course has ended – a group of the students met up and we went to the Textile Museum in Bermondsey which I have walked past but never actually went in.

Fashion & Textile Museum logo
Fashion & Textile Museum logo

Tiny but such a cool collection. – ends tomorrow! The book looks cool and I hope to buy it soon… keep buying books so I’m trying to wait for a bit as feeling rather skint 🙁

ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol
ARTIST TEXTILES Picasso to Warhol

I ate some Melon… forgot about it and then saw this… the middle bit is all rubbery which grossed me out.. yet intrigued so I took a photo… then couldn’t help myself and made a repeat pattern out of it!

Melon star Repeat Pattern
Melon star Repeat Pattern


Ok… back to the Make Art That Sells Bootcamp course.

we had to draw some dolls/faces… I wont show you mine as they are not very good.

the next part of the project… someone trying to meditate…


pencil sketch
pencil sketch
wild background... more druggy than meditative!
Vector girl with textures via photoshop – wild background… more druggy than meditative!
why I've done such tiny details is beyond me... perhaps my type of procrastination??
why I’ve done such tiny details is beyond me… perhaps my type of procrastination??

not even close to finishing… I also want to try a watercolour version too… I plan to create lots of ‘stuff’ that she’s trying to keep at bay.. meditation is hard and I know that myself as I’ve been doing it for the last month. I use guided meditation though… I could do with some positive brainwashing right now 😉

Vector version with textures added.
Vector version with textures added via illustrator.

I’m thinking she might need eyelashes after all… was hoping the line texture I’ve used would do as not everyone uses makeup in meditation classes or day to day (holds hand up!)

update… I tried re-sketching her but decided I didn’t like it so continued with the vector version… MATS Bootcamp gave a colour palette of blue so I changed her outfit and cushion to fit with this… I really like the red cushion above though!

I also tried a blonde version but really need to look up a blonde palette as I just tweaked it manually and I still prefer her red hair – which was an accident as I initially outlined the sketch in Illustrator with red just to see what I was doing. I do like red hair and died my hair various shades of red for most of my adult life. (it’s now has a reddish tinge mixed with a lot of grey and white!!)

blue& blonde  version of meditating girl illustration
blue& blonde version of meditating girl illustration

redid the textures for tunic/leggings and hair – added a few effects via my photography related plugins … all hazy and druggie lol… not quite what meditation is about… oh well… all in the name of trying stuff out 🙂

meditating girl illustration
meditating girl illustration

oh and I gave her another foot… looked a little uncomfortable before.

Final submission for MATS Bootcamp May 2014

gargh… don’t you just hate it when you forget to copy the text just incase wordpress decides to throw a wobbly!
anyway… didn’t have time to change her hair (right side) and should have put in a notebook/distractions around her but this is what I finally submitted (deadline today)

urgh… I can spot a million things to change… I was suppose to soften the background grittiness as it’s too dirty looking… weird shadow edge needed softening too… sigh oh, all practice and learning.

Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014
Mats Bootcamp May Assignment 2014

Off to Bootcamp hoorah!

I signed up to the “Make Art That Sells” (MATS) 6 month Bootcamp – one assignment each month (except for April as they have a five-week course in the middle) so a total of 5 assignments where you are given a ‘brief’ and a use of design use as well as other useful tips and info – the private Facebook group is very cool.

Bootcamp with Lilla Rogers

This is my submission – I did also do the February assignment but as I signed up just a few days before that deadline my design wasn’t very good – I may post that up later.

March 2014 MATS Bootcamp
my Submission into the March 2014 MATS Bootcamp ‘Jelly’ themed design for Bolt Fabric.


My other designs that I rather liked from all the doodles and sketches I did in the week before receiving it’s ‘use’ ie: bolt fabric.

another design for the ‘Jelly’ themed design for Bolt Fabric.

A very quick mockup on products: jelly wave, fun, kids design, surface pattern

another design created whilst working on the ‘Jelly’ theme

a floral variation on the ‘Jelly’ themed design for Bolt Fabric.


a few other bits from the Jelly theme:



I did some photos of Jelly to use as texture but didn’t get around to using them…
experiments in jelly!
experiments in jelly! it will probably be a few years before I eat Jelly again!

Whats Next?

For the people not doing the 5 week course ‘we’ have decided to do our own assignment for fun… one member’s six year old son has given the theme of Underwater and it will be for dishware.

I have also decided to join ANOTHER online course – this one being with The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design Module 1: Designing your Way 5 week course which is more affordable for me right now and I think the other MATS course will be good to take once I get to a better level of work.

The Art and Business of Surface Pattern Design

I’ve been eyeing these modules for at least a year and it started on Monday (24th March 2014) I signed up that night… I couldn’t help it. I need to find more work or sell more products in order to afford this lol.

I’ve added my shop links to my about page… hint hint hint 🙂