Recently, I had a wall art assignment with a nautical theme, to do. I drew so many little things from whales, boats, fish, lighthouses, deep sea divers, submarines, water plants to mermaids. Many of which are actually fave subjects of mine to draw.
In the end, I tried to think of what someone might want to hang on their wall. I narrowed it down to a couple of ideas. I could bombard an art board with a zillion cute sea related things & it would probably suit a little boys bedroom. Gorgeous, I would buy that for Buddy. Or I could make a distressed art piece with a focal point that might suit a beach house. Yes nice.
I actually started with the second idea but I have trouble trying to simplify things right down to minimalistic style art. Thats a real skill I am trying to learn. For now, I am trying to use lighter textures & colours so the art doesn't look quite so busy but still has the depth that I like. I'm enjoying exploring this and making this part of my signature style.
So I turned some old artwork of mine into a texture and along with some woodgrain, that became my nice pale textured background. I then started to mess around with a fish feast food idea. I've been doing a collage class just for fun & had made some fish in the last couple of weeks. I worked on these a bit and then placed them in various patterns over the background before deciding to put them on a plate. I love drawing food & table settings & want to do lots more of these.
I made the digital pattern for the plate from hand drawn water plants and barnacles. I fashioned & patterned up some chopsticks and sorted out my composition.
Next I wanted to add some little treats & details which I love to do. I researched Japanese symbols and found one for fish and carved a little rubber stamp. I inked it up & stamped then scanned in the image so I could use it as a digital stamp. I also researched recipes & then made a little tag off to the side with one of my fishing boat drawings.
I thoroughly enjoy doing art projects that encompass several mediums and even involve a little research. Its very satisfying to put it all together knowing there some depth in story, design & texture. I seemed to get a lovely positive response from my clasmates for this piece too so I felt very good about my work this week.
I decided that I would use this piece of artwork to finally get my Society6 shop going. Society6 is an online global shop that will print my artwork onto all sorts of neat things. They take care of the orders, printing, packaging & send me a teeny commission for my effort. Its not going to provide me any sort of real income but it will give me some exposure & will enable my customer base to buy my art on products which aren't available in my ETSY. From time to time they also offer FREE SHIPPING WORLDWIDE! I will try to promote that when it on.
So the print is now in my Society6 shop which you can find HERE. Ideally I think the square print will be great to hang in a dining room, restaurant/cafe or kitchen. But its also now available on pillows/cushions, clocks, tote bags and even shower curtains!!!! How fun is that?
Here's some pics. Enjoy!
Thanks for reading!