We are already finishing the second month of 2018 and this year announces it self to be a busy year for me! Which is great! last November I took advantage of the Black Friday sale on Make Art That Sells website and enrolled in the Juice Pack courses. I have already started MATS A and now I am in the middle of the boot-camp course that lasts for 5 months. Check out their available courses here.The first ever MATS course I took was Illustrating Children's Books "ICB3" last October. It was a turning point for me artistically! I have learned how to prepare a portfolio and how to pitch it for illustrating a children's book - which is my dream - and I also got a chance on experimenting with gouache as a new medium and that turned out great!
The course is taught by the lovely Lilla Rogers and Zoe tucker. They have guided us during five weeks by giving us an assignment at the beginning of each week. At the end of each assignment Lilla hosted a live review to discuss some of the students' work. My book cover made it in the last week review and Lilla included it in the "Cool Style' section. It was also featured in the "Student Showcase" on their blog. To read the interview follow the link:https://makeartthatsells.com/2018/02/13/illustrating-childrens-books-student-showcase-part-4-oct-2017-class/
The first week was the most challenging as the whole concept of MATS courses was a new experience for me. We had to illustrate the main character from the story written by Zoe Tucker called "Pet Problems".
The week that follows was all about movement and poses. I really stepped out of my comfort zone that week and sketched a lot of kids posing in different ways. We also had a daily sketch prompt which helped getting us ready for the week assignment. Environment was my favorite week! I spent hours and hours painting every detail of the town where the main character lives on a two page spread. It was so much fun. We then designed the book cover during the last week and that was a wrap.
The five weeks were so intense, we learned a lot and improved in a short period of time. After the course has finished, we had an option of making a one minute video talking about our experience. Here is the video I made that was also featured in MATS blog: