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© Ruth de Vos 2016
87cm high by 88cm wide
Fabric paint, cotton fabric, cotton batting.
Screen-printed, machine-pieced, hand- and machine-quilted.
For local clients (Perth, Western Australia), I can include a frame (email me for details). The artwork comes with hook and loop tabs for mounting into a frame. Alternatively,the artwork also has a fabric sleeve stitched onto the back for hanging purposes, and can be hung without a frame using a gallery-style hanging system, or with two screws in the wall. More info including pictures here: http://ruthdevos.com/blog/how-to-hang-an-art-quilt/
There's a first for everything! Here's my first online sale! 30% off all the art quilts in my shop. So if there is one that you've been eyeing off, now might be a good time. Just enter the code ARTQUILT30 when you check out! (The smaller ones make great gifts for engagements, weddings, wedding anniversaries or just because!).
Thanks so much for your interest in, and support for this artistic journey!
The past five weeks were taken over by drawing! I was privileged to participate in Make Art That Sells' first 'Illustrating Children's Books' workshop, and loved every bit of it. I cleared out as much of my calendar as possible, and spent a good part of every day drawing.
There were several purposes to this workshop: improving our drawings, especially our characters; learning more about how the children's book industry works; and producing a bunch of great pages for our portfolio. Every week we had a major assignment to complete, although the week began with a mini-assignment which got us focussing on something more manageable to start with. Being part of the class Facebook group was also extremely valuable – sharing our struggles, our advice, and our thoughts on what would improve our artwork before submitting it at the end of each week.
I've learned more than I imagined. Our teachers, Lilla Rogers (an art agent) and Zoe Tucker (a children's book art director) used many different children's books to demonstrate the kinds of things we should be thinking about in our drawings. It's not such a simple matter to illustrate and design a great picture book! We spent most of our time focusing on what makes a great character, and how to make that character come to life. I'm really excited to apply a lot of what I learned about this to the children in my quilts!
Of course, eventually it would be awesome to illustrate a children's book one day. For now I will continue to practice what I've learned in order to build up my illustration portfolio!
Thank you so much for the experience, Lilla, Zoe and Make Art That Sells!
In recent weeks I worked on a drawing assignment for an international competition. We had to design teacups and napkins for a cafe. I didn't make the final for the competition, but working on the illustration was an enjoyable challenge for me. I'm pleased with the final result and with what I learnt along the way.
This drawing is a digital composite of many scanned and edited drawings. A project like this still has me a bit confused with regards to a clear plan of attack/ process. I would love learn more about how experienced illustrators approach a task like this. I'm sure that it will come more easily with more experience. I also feel like my digital drawing skills are still holding me back. I would have loved to create a richer-looking backdrop with some texture, but wasn't quite sure how to do that. That's definitely something I plan to learn more about!
You might like to check out the 50 beautiful illustrations that made the final over here.
Meanwhile, here are some of the drawings and designs that went in to this illustration:
By the way, I suspect that quite a large number of you will be receiving this post via email for the first time (those who signed up for this via the pop-up box on my website). Having a look at it this week, I don't think that this automatic 'mail out' has been working up till now. I think I've fixed it now, and just wanted to explain why you are suddenly receiving these emails! Thanks for signing up!