Category Archives: ARTIST UPDATE

Bye Bye Bootcamp

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Hi everyone!

As some of you might know already, at the end of last year I enrolled in the Make Art That Sells (MATS for short) Bootcamp class. As a result I spent the first five month of this year creating artwork for the course in my spare time. MATS Bootcamp 2018 ended a couple of weeks ago and I thought now would be a good time to look back and share the artwork I produced.

JANUARY

Mini assignment: the contents of our bag

Big assignment: a book cover showing the contents of a famous person’s bag. I was assigned Tina Fey.

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FEBRUARY

Mini: tea-related ‘stuff’ (from tea cups to tea leaves, anything and everything ‘tea’)

Assignment: cover for a journal around the theme of tea leaf-reading

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MARCH

Mini: Victorian hats

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Assignment: portrait of a suffragette for a magazine

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APRIL

Mini: sewing supplies

Assignment: tray and other accessories for the home décor market

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MAY

Mini: random objects from Lilla Rogers’s collection

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Assignment: one page of a graphic novel (reusing some or all of the elements drawn for the mini assignment)

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Voilà!

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The 100 Day Project (2018)

Hi everyone!

I seem to be busy all the time these days and yet it wouldn’t be as ‘fun’ if I didn’t add an extra project to my plate, right?

Last Tuesday (3rd of April) saw the kick-off of the 2018 edition of the 100 Day Project, a challenge created by Elle Luna and Lindsay Jean Thomson. In their own words, the 100 Day Project is “a free, global art project that anyone can participate in”. The purpose of this challenge – because yes, it is a challenge after all – is to choose an action, to repeat it every day for 100 days, and to post it on Instagram. It is okay to miss a day. The goal is to keep going.

To be honest I don’t feel comfortable posting too much unfinished work on my Instagram grid anymore. I know, it may seem silly. But I am worried that it would ruin my efforts to try to create a more cohesive feel on there (it is still work in progress). And not only that. I also want to use this challenge as a way to have fun and experiment with different materials and possibly techniques too, and I don’t really want to include art that doesn’t look like me as it could send the wrong message.

After thinking about the pros and cons of taking on an extra project for a hundred days (it’s quite a long time!) and considering what I would do and where I would show it, I decided the following:

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Really, I wanted to draw characters but I was worried – I do worry a lot! – that I wouldn’t always have the time. A face take a lot less time to draw than a full character so I decided that I would draw at the very least a face a day for a hundred days and a full character whenever I have time.

As for where I am going to show my work, well, I am going to post some of it on my Instagram account and what ‘doesn’t fit’ will be posted as an Instagram story. I will also post all my drawings on Facebook and Twitter so make sure to follow me there is you want a daily update, and will have a recap here on a regular basis (I haven’t decided yet whether that will be every week, every other week or monthly).

Wish me luck!

My Most Northern Holiday

Hi everyone,

How are you today?

A few weeks ago I mentioned a big holiday that my boyfriend and I had been planning for a while. Well, I can’t believe it’s over now! If I’m being honest I’m even feeling a bit blue, which is an appropriate colour since we went on a cruise to the very top of Norway in the hope of seeing the Northern lights, so lots of blue skies, very deep blue waters and snowy mountains and fjords. (*sigh*)

MY TRAVEL SKETCHBOOK

When we were away I kept a travel sketchbook in order to immortalise some of the key moments of our holiday.

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I won’t write down everything we did because that would take ages, but you will find some comments below.

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On the first night we unexpectedly won the pub quiz. Our prize: a bottle of wine!

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We attended all of the talks about space that were given over the course of the cruise: we’re like that, we like to learn things even when we are on holidays. (Side note: we didn’t do too well in the later pub quizzes.)

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We visited an igloo hotel, went on a husky sledge ride, and went hunting for the Northern lights! Did we see them? You will have to wait until the end of this post or read my sketchbook entries to find out.

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We saw orca whales from the ship and won a bottle of champagne in a raffle! Yep, we don’t normally drink much at all but we won booze twice.

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We spotted E.T. on the upper deck! Just kidding. We went to the last talk on space which was about searching for extra terrestrial intelligent life. It was a really cool talk!

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It took us nearly 8 hours (instead of the 5 hours and a bit on the way down to Southampton) to get back home. A bit of a looonnnnng coach journey.

FUN & RANDOM FACTS FROM MY HOLIDAY

Because a holiday of this calibre wouldn’t be the same without a few stories, here are a few fun and random facts from our holiday that I thought I would share with you.

1) Snowflakes do have pretty shapes

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It might be a bit naive of me but although I have seen snow before, I had never seen the ‘star’ shapes of snowflakes in real life. Seeing the different shapes and how pretty they were got me all excited. All of a sudden I was 6 years old again.

2) Wrap up warm and feel supid – errrm, I meant epic

When you go this far north you want to make sure that you can survive in negative temperatures. This means wearing LOTS of layers of clothes and to put them all on, it’s a whole process. Apparently space suits take 45 minutes to put on. Snow gear won’t take you as long but when it’s not something you’re used to it will make you feel just the same: partly ridiculous, mostly badass (imagine yourself walking in slow-mo with the Armageddon music playing in the background).

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See? Just the same! (Almost.)

On this photo I’m wearing 6 layers of clothes on my upper body and 3 layers around my legs (not counting underwear). At the same time you kind of have to when you go out by  -15°C to -25°C and you’re not from the area!

3) When you go on a husky sledge ride…

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Beautiful, isn’t it? It truly was. One thing we weren’t prepared for though is that the dogs do their business (you know what I’m talking about) while running. No ‘accidents’ to report, just a big surprise.

4) When you can’t use your fingers, use your nose

Okay, this is a bit of a weird one. After I nearly cried – okay, I cried – because of my painful fingers in the first port we visited my boyfriend and I came up with some ground rules. Rule number 1 was: “Camille will keep her gloves on at all times when outside.” But the thing is: how are you supposed to take photos with bulky ski gloves on? Well… I figured that using my nose instead of my fingers might work. And it did! All you have to do is put the timer on so that you can plan your shot and tadaaaa!

Seriously, one day nose photography will become a thing!

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Yours truly in action, setting up my phone for a “nose photo”.

Oh and if you are wondering whether we saw the Northern lights in the end…

We did!

Twice! (Hooray!)

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Photo courtesy of Glød

See you again soon for more updates and my latest artwork!

Look Within

Hi everyone!

I completed my Bootcamp assignment for this month and posted it to the class gallery.

In case you missed it, this month was all about tea and our main assignment was to create a journal cover on the theme: tea leaf reading.

I went for something a bit old school (with a twist) and mystical as I wanted to revisit old imagery, symbols, and do something that would allow me to use brush and ink, dip pen and hand lettering – my tools of predilection.

This is the result:

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Mad Tea Party

Hi everyone!

This month MATS Bootcamp is all about tea.

The Mini

First, for the mini assignment we had to do some research on tea and draw anything and everything we liked about it. Not set rules. We could draw absolutely anything we wanted as long as it was tea-related.

I started by working on a piece about what tea means to me. Before we were given the mini assignment I had been working digitally and with textures so I decided to stay in the same vein of work.

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While I was working on the piece above I got slightly carried away when I did my hand lettering and started another piece (below). The “minis” are all about experimenting and having fun so I didn’t mind too much starting and trying different things.

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I love these green colours mixed with the white and the black of the hand lettering. After I finished it I realised that it reminded me a bit of Clipper‘s tea packaging (although I didn’t use them as reference).

I couldn’t stop there however, and had to move from digital to analogue.

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I worked freehand with felt tip pens and a limited palette (above), and I worked with Posca pens and colouring pencils to add some texture (below).

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I love the piece above so much! Not only did I have a lot of fun making it but I absolutely love the bright colour combinations. I feel that this illustration is very like me and looking at it makes me feel happy and excited.

The Main Assignment – WIP

At the beginning of this week the main assignment – still tea-related – was revealed. This time we are creating a journal cover for the gifts industry and the focus is on tea leaf reading.

How unusual and exciting!

I have to confess that I have become quite obsessed with the theme.

After filling many sketchbook pages I started dreaming about what my journal cover would look like.

At the moment it’s all work in progress.

 

Some of the artwork that I will be using in the final piece.

I also bought a proper tea cup (we only had mugs at home) to give tea leaf reading – or tasseomancy as it is also known – a try.

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My new V&A tea set for one I bought in a sale. The design by Anna Maria Garthwaite (1690-1763) was originally for a woven silk.

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First ever tea leaf reading.

I have one more week to work on my assignment and submit it to the class gallery and then I am off to a big holiday that my boyfriend and I have been planning for a year.

But that’s another story for another day!

See ya!

Mid-January Update

Can you believe it’s mid-January already? Because I can’t!

My birthday is fast approaching, so is the exciting holiday that my boyfriend and I started planning  last year (more on this another time)!… Where has the time gone?

Since I got back to work I have been in a sort of whirlwind and I really wanted to share with you what the past couple of weeks have been like for me before it’s all gone.

So here we go…

I’m starting the year with a minor shoulder injury, most likely caused by my first day back at the gym. I go to the gym several times a week and didn’t have that a long rest over the festive season (I mean, my boyfriend even got me to go for a run on the morning of Christmas Eve!) so I’m not sure what happened there. My first workout of the year did feel challenging (as it should) but not more than usual. Anyways. It’s not as bad now as it was the first week and I have booked an osteopath appointment for in a few days.

After a few years of not celebrating it, I introduced my boyfriend to the French tradition of the galette des rois (“king cake” in English). On the 6th of January French people traditionally celebrate the Epiphany by eating either a frangipane-filled pie or a brioche depending on the region of France you’re in. There is a lucky charm hidden in the pie/brioche and whoever gets it is crowned king or queen for the day. I made the pie version – it’s easier than making a brioche and it’s my favourite – and I got the charm (I didn’t cheat, I promise)!

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At Christmas I got some new neon acrylic paints and I’ve been having lots of fun with them so far (I can’t wait to use them again soon!).

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I finished working on a big and exciting client project that I had started before Christmas. I can’t reveal much more for now but more info on this as soon as I can.

I also started working on a fun collaboration with a French blog about expat life called l’Allée du monde. If you don’t already you can follow me on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to see a new illustration come out every Wednesday until the end of the month. And if you can read French I really recommend that you take a look at l’Allée du monde: it’s full of fun facts and anecdotes about what it’s like to live abroad as a French person. Gabrielle (the author of the blog), who I met for the first time in July last year, is a very lovely person and when she asked me if I was interested in working with her on this project I was over the moon because I love the way she writes (her blog is basically the expat blog I wish I had).

After taking my first Make Art That Sells Class in October last year I am back into MATSland! Lilla Rogers’s way of teaching is highly addictive and I had to have more. And since I really want to up my game and develop my career as a whole further in 2018 I thought that signing up for a bunch of her classes would be a fun way to make sure I do it (it can be tough at times to find the time to create your own artwork but it’s important to do it!). The MATS Assignment Bootcamp started again Monday last week and we had to draw what’s in our bag for the first mini assignment of the year.

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I challenged myself to draw “freehand” (no pencil lines before tracing) to keep it very spontaneous so that’s why it’s all a bit wonky. But I like it. And funnily enough the easiest item – the pen – is the one that I had the hardest time drawing (three attempts, no less!). Sure, I was getting a bit tired by the time I got to it. But still! It’s a freakin’ pen!

That’s for for me!

I hope that 2018  is treating you well so far. Do you have any goals for this year? Did you make any good resolutions?

Have a great week!

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

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© Camille Medina 2018