Monday, July 22, 2013

My submission for journal cover

Hooray!! Against all odds I managed to submit my journal cover design for our first assignment for #Lilla Rogers #Global Talent Search.

Monday, July 8, 2013

Late night sketching

This is our last week with #Lilla Rogers & I am definitely a tad sad :(
I learned heaps about time management, project management from interpreting the client brief to breaking it down into steps to achieve a workable plan of action...where to find inspiration, what to do with your inspiration & how to channel it into a beautiful work of art etc.
I will write in detail about my experiences in #Make Art That Sells course but for the time being I am sharing a collage of some sketches I made last night for our last assignment.

Sunday, June 30, 2013

A post about failure


As I have mentioned in my previous posts that I am currently enrolled in Lilla Roger's e-course Make Art That Sells.
This is our fourth week and our assignment was to create a piece of wall art that incorporates certain elements like collage etc.
Now I am not good at collage. It's simply a medium that I have never enjoyed and therefore never practised much. But I went into this assignment with an open mind. I enjoyed gathering materials and textures. Even enjoyed working on my art piece. But during the last few minutes I started to get nervous and took a bad decision that completely destroyed my artwork. Why and how did this happen? Lets just say sleep deprivation and extreme fatigue doesn't help an artist who is already struggling with the medium. Needless to say I stopped working on my art piece as I no longer relate to it, and nor do I see it hanging on my wall or anyone else's wall for that matter.
But the good part is that I have discovered that I can enjoy working in collages, and its definitely a medium that I would love to explore a bit more.
I am happy with my theme and will keep a few elements like use of vintage sewing patterns in next artwork.
I used vintage sewing patterns and paints card samples for this piece. I have already cried over my painting. Failure is hard. We are even harder on ourselves. It is 5 am here and I have been up all night. I am not submitting this work to our class flickr group. Not happy with it at all.
By writing this post I am accepting my failure to take time out everyday to work on my assignment and therefore suffer in the end due to lack of time/sleep etc.
Lessons learnt. The only upside to a failure.
First Stage of my Collage Painting. I was pretty happy at this point.

Second Stage. Do not like the painting part. Should have the confidence to leave the paint out,
Third Stage: It was always my intention to add details to the blobs. FAIL. Should have used markers instead of paint.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Four long years and many more to come..

Tomorrow is a big day for me and my children. I am sitting in for my citizenship test for Australia. It sort of concludes my four year long stay in Melbourne, or does it? I look at this as more of a fresh start, a new beginning, new opportunities. I love love love my home country Pakistan. I have been living, working, surviving life outside my home land for past 7 years. It's been a bitter sweet ride. I like to think of myself as a person who is open to new ideas, embracing new cultures, and people.
During these four years I have come to love many things about Melbourne, and yet part of me misses my home country badly. I think this is the dilemma all artists belonging to the global diaspora community of artists like to explore during sometime in their artistic practice..mostly the initial years. I explored this theme in 2011-12 and produced a series of mixed media drawings revolving around the notions of identity and culture. That whole artistic exercise was intended more as therapy and address the obvious "who am I?" agenda faced by us all..specially women who take a break from their career to have family and raise their children.
I quickly resolve a lot of my issues as I was working on these drawings.
Have you ever thought about using your art as a way to resolve an issue that's been nagging you for quite some time?

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Baby steps towards something BIG

I had a great year. Great as in crazy and insane to the max.
It's been almost a year since I last posted on my blog. A lot happened in those 12 months of absence. While I was MIA in the blog world, life on the whole was pretty full on. To summarise it all..I graduated with a post graduate teaching degree from Melbourne university, got my teaching registration, I started taking road trips to different cities of Australia with my hubby and son, fell pregnant, moved house close to my due date, had a beautiful baby boy and now that my baby is three months old I have just enrolled in a fabulous, life changing e-course Make Art That Sells by one of the top illustrator agent Lilla Rogers.
I have struggled a lot to come to terms with my identity as an artist and to find a place for my art and my creative expression. I am finding myself getting excited about my art again. I am thinking about my artwork all the time and can't wait to get back to my *studio-space*.
This 5 week-long intensive course offers expert advice and industry insight from Lilla Rogers herself is so packed full of advice that is pure GOLD. Having said that, great advice and information doesn't come cheap..and it's never ever for free. I was saving money to buy a printmaking press for myself but when I came across I couldn't resist taking the plunge. As a matter of fact, it was a *birthday present* I bought for myself..an investment in my artistic career. Massages and spas can wait ;)
So if you are a budding illustrator and designer and not sure which industry is right for you then have a look at this fantastic opportunity to learn from the best in the industry. The next intake is in October this year, head over to the website for further details.
http://lillarogers.com/make-art-that-sells/

Lilla Roger's Studio School

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

winter is a great time to visit ArtPlay

I didn't even realize that it has been so many days since I last posted on my blog. I think I need  a blog schedule and then stick to it. But then I have been doing many things on the side. June has been a very happening month for me. My birthday comes in June YAY..and so does winter. And with winter comes the Pandora of allergies. Anyhow between allergies, steroids and endless supplies of chai and coffee I managed to attend an information session at ArtPlay here in Melbourne. The information session was meant for artists/teachers interested in conducting workshops at ArtPlay. The age group of the children attending these workshops is upto13 years old..an age group I feel quite comfortable with. I loved teaching middle school, and most kids in middle school are 11-13 years old.
So right now I am finalizing my workshop proposals for submission. If my ideas get approval from the selection committee..then next term I will conducting workshops at one of my most favourite places in Melbourne :) 
ArtPlay is a place where children and families come together and indulge in a little bit of art, drama, music and creativity in a very supportive environment. It is highly accessible by public transport (just a few meters walk from Flinder street station).The center has a very nice building for all kinds of indoor activities, and there's also a  play area which is open for public. I was there just last month on a play date with my son and my cousin's boys. 
I remember the first time I walked past the ArtPlay center was in 2009. It was our first month in Australia, and our trip to Melbourne city. My hubby and I were walking along Yarra river and I spotted some metal sheets on the path with intricate etchings on them..those etched plates lead me to ArtPlay building. I stood in front of the red bricked building, intrigued and wanting to know what was inside. Then last year I met an incredible artist who was attending university with me. Having conducted two successful workshops herself at ArtPlay, she told me to apply to artplay for art workshops. But I was too busy with assignments and teaching placements. This year it's a different story. So here I am..tweaking my ideas and penning them down for submission. I leave you with this image of the ArtPlay building. Go visit it at your earliest. Their new programme schedule is out and you can access it here