Thursday, November 13, 2014

Make Art That Sells Week 2 - Home Decor

My completed assignment for MATS wk2

Week 2 of MATS was Home Decor. Our assignment was (drumroll please) design a set of plates with a Suzani motif! What is a Suzani you ask? Wikipedia defines it as:

"a type of embroidered and decorative tribal textile made in TajikistanUzbekistanKazakhstan and other Central Asian countries. Suzani is from the Persian سوزن Suzan which means needle. The art of making such textiles in Iran is called سوزنکاری Suzankāri (needlework)."

First off let me begin by saying I had no idea what a Suzani was. I've certainly seen this type of needlework and home decor inspired by Suzani's but I had NO idea what it was called or what the origins were. So I began week 2 learning something new. (Oooh that rhymed!) I have designed plates for party goods before so I had some experience designing plates (even if they were only paper) but party supplies and home decor are definitely very distinct. 

Here are some images of my sketches:

First up was researching Suzani's, obviously then came the sketches. Choosing colors was probably the most time consuming because I am extremely indecisive when it comes to color (as I might have mentioned). Once I settled on color swatches all I had to worry about was coloring of my sketches which I used image trace for.  I pretty much had the layout done in my sketches as you can see. This was probably made easier for me because I do have that background designing for party and paper. 

Above is a screenshot of my work in progress. As you can see I started off with a grey ground on the larger plate. As I played around I scaled things differently and changed color (a lot) but I think the end result was well worth it. I am really pleased with how the collection of plates turned out. The background I downloaded from a free texture site and the photos of the plates for the mockup was shared by a fellow classmate (which was really useful and appreciated!). All I did was adjust the contrast of the plates to brighten them up and I isolated them from their background and placed them on the wood texture then I copied and pasted my vector art into Photoshop and used the Multiply layer filter to make the images look like they are really on the plate. Easy peasy!

This week was really fun. I learned a lot and I got to draw things that I draw on a daily basis which made it very easy for me. I didn't make the cutoff for the Flickr group, unfortunately because I had my kids that weekend and NO time to work on the assignment but I worked on them all Sunday night until they were done, despite not being able to officially hand in the assignment. Yes. I am dedicated. =)

Now I'm off to work on week 4's assignment which is a bit of a struggle. Week 3's post is going to be a really fun one so stay tuned!!

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