My final bookcover assignment for January's #matsbootcamp. We were tasked to draw what we imagined was inside a famous person's bag. I was already a huge admirer of Maira Kalman's paintings, books and other work so researching her life and creating this illustration was pure joy.
I recently started taking the Make Art That Sells illustration courses and I'm loving them. I created this illustration for the January warm up mini of what's in my bag. While traveling in Texas I've been walking the beaches most days and bring home lots of shells which inevitably end up in my bag.
I was so inspired by Lilla Rogers Monday Moments series and the opportunity to win a free place on Mats Bootcamp, that I dove into the challenge, posting this entry on my Instagram feed. I love the art of hand drawn lettering and focused on incorporating the text into the queen's dress. This illustration was pure joy for me to create! Best wishes to everyone who participated!
Wishing you a Happy Valentines Day with this new illustration!
If you haven't designed a coat of arms I encourage you to do so. It's a wonderful way to do some self exploration about what defines you as an individual.
My inspiration for this illustration comes from my interest in all things 19th century Victorian, particularly my love of Staffordshire figurines, and in researching the history of a coat of arms. I envisioned a charming cat and dog (my loyal supporters) to be part of a beloved royal family (mine in another life perhaps?) evidenced by the crest of a crown. The leaf work and flowers that define the shape of the shield or cartouche, were inspired by my love of plants and the outdoors. And last but not least, I included my motto "Maggie Summers Illustration" on the cartouche and banner or baberole, which clearly defines me as an illustrator. In this way, my Coat of Arms becomes my individual trademark.
The oldest documented example of a coat of arms was created in 1127 A.D. That's pretty amazing!
To design your own coat of arms, think about what each part means to you as an individual and how to best express those ideas through your choice of creative mediums.
I'm very excited to have my new website live. Now I can focus on creating new quality illustration content. It's great to turn over a new leaf and start fresh isn't it? Below are three colorways of a personal piece inspired by my love for memorabilia and collections. The last colorway didn't make the cut to my website but I do like the lavender and white. What do you think? Different strokes for different folks right?
I'm happy to announce an all-new website and blog and you can find it right here. Please update your bookmarks as my previous blog is no longer accessible. Thanks so much!Read More