Semi-final round of the Global Talent Search Competition 2016

Hello again everyone,  I can now share the piece I submitted for the Semi-final round of the global talent search!  I'm so happy and grateful to be through to this round, and the briefs have been really fun to work on.

I thought I'd share my process of creating this latest piece with you.  It took about a week in total to create.  The brief was to design for the same cafe owner (Sunny Spindler), who wanted the teacup set for her cafe.  This time she is creating a recipe book and needed a front cover design - either depicting a cafe scene or focusing on the desserts - or a bit of both!  If you'd like to know more about the brief and why it was set, pop over to the Lilla Rogers blog to read more about it here.

Trying out different lettering and the cafe outline.

Trying out different lettering and the cafe outline.

I started off just having a bit of fun playing with my paints just to see where it would take me.  Created a colour palette, and then I started drawing out some rough pencil sketches of what the layout could be.  This all took me perhaps a couple of days.  I started with the text which I knew would I wanted to paint, and wanted to try out with the cafe pen outline to see how it looked/sat together.

Rough sketches for layout ideas

Rough sketches for layout ideas

When I sketch layout ideas, I divide an A4 page up into smaller boxes and just loosely sketch out formats, to get a feel of what might be a strong design.

Colour palette page I had in-front of me while painting.

Colour palette page I had in-front of me while painting.

Unless I have been briefed a specific colour palette to use, I generally follow a palette a little bit more loosely.  If I feel I need to add in a darker colour, a neutral or a highlight then I will.

I sketched the people out in pencil on rough paper, then used my A4 light-box to trace over with biro.

I sketched the people out in pencil on rough paper, then used my A4 light-box to trace over with biro.

When drawing the people, I looked up a few outfits they could wear on Pinterest and then made my own versions.  I really enjoyed drawing these cafe people and coming up with their different expressions.  Sometimes if I struggle with a pose I might look up some on the internet to get more of an idea, or if I can I just look at my own hands/body to see the correct angle to draw.

Various cakes I painted and drew.

Various cakes I painted and drew.

Drawing the cakes, I liked what I had created for the first round, so I wanted to do more in the same style - pen outline with loose watercolour behind.  I scanned in all my drawings and started to add them into Photoshop.  I tried out putting the cafe goers into a rough repeat pattern, which I liked but wanted to include the cafe also…

Cafe goers drawn with biro.

Cafe goers drawn with biro.

A while later on Photoshop I got to this stage below, just trying to figure out where to put the different elements - loosely following my rough layout sketch.  I then went back and painted a few more things I wanted to try adding in.  I continuously save my different stages of work, and end up with about 18 files by the end.   That way, if I need to go back to a point and take an element out it is much easier to do.  Plus I can compare which looks the strongest.

Work in progress: trying out different layouts.

Work in progress: trying out different layouts.

I then incorporate those new drawings, like the take-away bag, the hand, and the lights in the cafe etc, into the cover design, while taking other bits out, and adding final details and effects.  I wanted the overall feel of the cover to be fresh and interesting.  And here's the finished piece below… Ta daaa!

Semi-final round of the global talent search.

Semi-final round of the global talent search.

Thanks for having a look into how I work and I hope it was interesting.  The opportunity to vote is still open until Monday 5th at 5pm BST in the UK, or 9am PT/ 12 noon EST.  The overall winner will receive artist representation by Lilla Rogers for 2 years.  I'd really appreciate it if you had a little time to spare to cast a vote here.  And you can follow the competition along on Instagram with Lilla Rogers here, or Make Art That Sells here.  Or me! - here.

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Global Talent Search (GTS) competition 2016.

Hello there!  I entered the GTS this year with Lilla Rogers' agency and Make art that sells e-course company.  This is my submission below - the brief was to design a tea cup, saucer and napkin for a cafe owner called Sunny Spindler.  My main inspiration came from the idea of a 'sea of tea' and so my illustrations grew around that. 

I'm so happy to say that I got through to the semi-finals with 49 others down from about 1000 artists from around the world, which is amazing!  I just submitted my new piece yesterday, which I'm afraid is top secret(!), but I will share once I am able to.  The next round is down to 6 people, so thats pretty scary!  I have my fingers and toes crossed.