Global Talent Search 2015

A few months ago, I received an e-mail from the Lilla Rogers Studio School about the Global Talent Search. Every year, Lilla hosts an illustration and design contest, and the winner gets 2 years representation with her agency. I had recently taken the Make Art that Sells courses, and I knew that the assignment was sure to be a fun project, so I immediately signed up. The first assignment did not disappoint. We received  a lovely story about a day in the life of a fictional woman "Antoinette" and the assignment was to design a pair of sneakers she would wear. 

 Garden Gate floral print. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

Garden Gate floral print. Copyright 2015 Kim T. Richards. All rights reserved.

After reading the story, I pictured a sneaker with lots of feminine flowers and scroll work. I jumped in and started sketching and painting flowers and scrolls in gouache which I scanned and manipulated in Photoshop. I enjoy working this way, because I get the best of both worlds - the pleasure of hand painting my icons, and the flexibility of manipulating them in different ways on the computer. 

 Garden Gate Design entry for GTS 15. Copyright Kim T. Richards 2015. All rights reserved

Garden Gate Design entry for GTS 15. Copyright Kim T. Richards 2015. All rights reserved

This is the page I submitted to the contest. I had a great time working on it, and think I will continue working with some of these elements to create some companion prints to go with the floral. I also loved thinking about a specific person as I designed (even though she was fictional) and I think I will either continue to design for "Antoinette" or create some characters of my own to design for.