Global Talent Search 2014 RoundUp!

I am very happy to be able to share lots of goodness with you today!
A big thank you and shout out to all involved in todays blog post about Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search 2014. I believe everyone put their heart and soul into this one.
This years theme ~ create a piece of wall art based on “terrariums”
You will be amazed at the many different interpretations. Lots of detail, different medium, techniques and colour used. Beautiful work!

I will start with mine. A mixed media collage piece for you in a style I have been having fun with this summer.

Julie Hamilton Designs for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Wendy Flynn

Wendy Flynn for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Stephanie Olivieri

Stephanie Olivieri for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Sharon Landon

Sharon Landon for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchLesley Todd

 Lesley Todd for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Rebecca Stoner

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Mary Tanana

Mary Tanana for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Deborah Velasquez

Deborah Velasquez for the Global Talent Search 2014 0n {artistically afflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Natalie Alexander

Natalie Alexander for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Sherry London
Sherry London for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Gabriella Buckingham

Gabriella Buckingham for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Carrie Tasman

Carrie Tasman for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Jan Shepherd

Jan Shepherd for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Alik Arzoumanian

Alik Arzoumanian for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Barbara Chotiner
Barbara Chotiner for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Lindsay Buck

Lindsay Buck for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Evelyn Cassoli

Evelyn Cassoli for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Brooke Witt

Brooke Witt for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Onneke Van Waardenburg

Onneke VanWaardenburg for The Global Talent Search 2014  {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

Lisa Rivas
Lisa Rivas for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchNicky Ovitt

Nicky Ovitt for the Global Talent search 2014 - {artistically afflicted blog} #globaltalentsearch

And finally Gill Egglestons lovely illustrated piece. I am very happy and proud to say that Gill has made the top 50. I warned her that it was going to happen and it did! She is busy preparing for next weeks submission.

We wish Gill the best of luck and are sending her lots of crazy good, creative vibes.

Gill Eggleston for The Global Talent Search 2014 {artisticallyafflicted blog} #globaltalentsearchWell there you have it! A small selection of the 999 entries from 50 countries. To see all of the entries have a visit here. A Pinterest board has also been set up here for your viewing enjoyment.

I spent the morning perusing through all of them and  was amazed at the beautiful composition, colour and diversity all based on one small theme. The talent is staggering!

Thanks so much to all involved today. It’s always nice to share.

Best of luck to all those advancing on to Round 2!

A sneak peek into the Global Talent Search 2014

It’s that time of  year artists everywhere are putting on their creative hat and enrolling in Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. I enjoyed every minute of last years competition. It was the final assignment for months spent in Lillas class Make Art that Sells and a perfect way to wrap up all that I had learned during my time with her. Well,  I didn’t win. In fact I didn’t come in the top 50 either. I like to think I was hovering around 51st…

I wasn’t planning on entering this year. I love the process and brief of the competition, but my plate is full of design work and life it is just plain old busy in the summer around here. Yet, here I am!

Call it a severe case of FOMO.

What persuaded me in the end was this little video by Lilla herself and much discussion within my design community. I may have rolled my eyes a few times during the video but, as always, Lilla brings a smile to my face. She is truthful and straightforward. She makes you believe.

Follow the link here to watch on Vimeo

I made a promise to put myself out there in 2014. I am sowing seeds and, as cliche as it sounds, Lilla is on to something with her “inch by inch success is a cinch”

I am also a strong believer that no art is ever wasted. So why not?

I am not sure how I am going to approach this years top secret brief. I spent yesterday on the couch eating cookies and thinking long and hard about it all.I didn’t have an ounce of creativity within me, but my head was swirling with ideas. Unfortunately, the theme is one that has been done before  and I am feeling a little hard pressed to come up with an original idea that is all me and my style. Something fresh..

 

work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}

A bit of research and some doodling, trying to put something together in my head and a starting point. I would like this piece to be traditional – very limited digital.

I am pulling all my tricks out of the bag for this one. Sketching, painting, cutting paper…I have to trust that it will all come together, but right now I have a little bit of everything on the go.

 

work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}

Some  messy freehand dip pen work. My mind works best this way with no preconceived plan. Things are always pretty darn good at this point…then I add paint and it all goes a little sideways..

I think I will save my dip pen work for illustrator and some digital work. I don’t mind the end result  below – it’s not what I have in mind, but it’s all about the process of discovering what exactly it is that I have going on in my mind.

I hope that makes sense.

work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}

From here I usually take elements I like and start to expand on them further.  I know what shapes and textures I like and I do love to cut and collage paper.

work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}

 

So the lingering questions remains…

Do you stick with your style in a safe and easy way – a joyful way – do what you do best ..

OR  do you throw it all out to the wind and create way out of your comfort zone with the possibility that it may suck.

Haha..actually, that’s not funny, it’s plain old painful, disheartening and definitely discouraging.

For example..

work in progress for #globaltalentsearch on {artistically afflicted blog}

 

I haven’t a clue where this is going on how it even got there. It was fast and it was furious and honestly, I am a bit stuck. There is something I like about it, unfortunately I haven’t figured out what that something is!

It is this kind of work that takes me out of my comfort zone. I will finish it, but I am just not sure it will be in time to be submitted.

The clock is ticking….

Best of luck to everyone out there! This is my community. I follow and support these people and vice versa. I will be thrilled to see any one of you win!

Inspired by the global search for talent-part 2

The Global Talent Search showcase is back due to popular demand!  Today we have Round two of The Global Talent Search hosted by Lilla Rogers studio

If you missed Round 1 here it is here.

These are just a small sampling of the 1500 entries, but all of these  vintage, playground inspired, journal covers inspire me!

They motivate me to try new techniques,play with different mediums and experiment. I think Lilla hit the nail on the head when she suggested this theme . It really gives artists a great way to play and experiment.

I have included the artist name below each piece and a link to their blog post about The Global Talent Search.

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Simi Gauba of Simi Designs

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Tracy Bixby

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Lisa Firke

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Laurie Baars

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Heather Dutton of Hang Tight studio

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Ine Beerten

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Catriona Robyn

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Julie Ansbro of Acadreamia design
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Gabriella Buckingham

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Tammie Bennett
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Pavinee
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Jill Howard

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Jennifer Orkin Lewis

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May Leong

Pretty impressive isnt it? I have mentioned it many times and here I go again, but I am amazed at the quality and the variety ~ so many different interpretations of one theme!

Tomorrow is the big day!  Lilla Rogers and her team will reveal the top 50 who will move onto the second round. Fingers and toes crossed- I am hoping to know more than a few of those who make it.

Making it into the top 50 is a huge achievement in itself when chosen out of 1500 entrants!

Best of luck to everyone who entered! I will keep you posted on how it all rolls out.

Inspired by the global search for talent!

Lilla Rogers is all the rage in my surface design world right now. She has just recently launched her first ever e-course, Make Art that Sells, with Beth Nicholls of Do What you Love and it was a roaring success. Now the two of them have collaborated to host a Global Talent Search.The reward for the winner- a 2 year signed contract with Lilla Rogers Studio.

That, my friends, is kind of like winning the lottery in my world.These are two very clever women!

I am still unsure of how many entrants they received for the search, but my guess is over 700. There are many out there just dying for a shot to be represented by Lilla. Yes, I am one of them…

It’s funny because when I signed up for her course I didn’t realize I would automatically be entered into the talent search. I am not sure I would have participated  considering I am in the throes of summer vacation with kids. But, after 5 awesome weeks with Lilla and Make Art that Sells I was excited to keep the momentum going and was thrilled to have another mini brief to design around.

The brief for the global talent search – vintage inspired playground. I wont lie-my initial thought was ..ugh..

Once again though, Lilla pushed me creatively to create a piece around a theme I had never even considered. Now, I have a whole bunch of playground inspired motifs to play around with for patterns and upcoming art.

My mind at work in the inspiration stage…

Julie Hamilton Designs {artistically afflicted} blog
The finished project! I am quite pleased with it.I stepped outside my boundaries, used lots of different medium and even tried some new colors.

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I thought it would be fun to give you a little sneak peek at some other playground inspired journals for the Global Talent Search. The top 50 get chosen and published August 1st, but that’s just a bit to far away.I love seeing all the different styles and interpretations.

I have included the artist name below each piece and a link to their blogpost about The Global Talent Search (or in some instances just their blog…lots are taking a breather this week!)

Mary Tanana on {artistically afflicted} blog
Mary Tanana

Deborah velasquez on {artistically afflicted} blog

Deborah Velasquez
Sharon Minchuk - {artistically afflicted} blog
Sharon Minchuk
Doris and Fred - {artistically afflicted} blog
Wendy Flynn of Doris and Fred

Rosie Martinez Dekker - {artistically afflicted} blog
Rosie Martinez-Dekker

Claire Lordon {artistically afflicted} blog
Claire Lordon
Laura Escalante on {artistically afflicted} blog
Laura Escalante

Anneline Sophia - {artistically afflicted} blog
Anneline Sophia

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Miki berman on {artistically afflicted} blog

Miki Berman

Rachel Place on {artistically afflicted} blog
Rachel Place
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Tina Devins

Isn’t it amazing to see all the different interpretations and styles?I love all the different medium used from chalk to embroidery. Lots of look at!

Best of luck to everyone who entered! I will keep you posted on how it all rolls out. It should be very interesting!