MATS Class and MATS Bootcamp

I am really excited about an online class that I recently discovered. Its call MATS (Make Art That Sells) and was created by an artist-turned-art-licensing-agent, Lilla Rogers. There are actually 2 classes, one is called MATS Bootcamp and the other is called MATS: Part A and B. I signed up for both even though the MATS Part A and B costs a lot of money (around $1100 U.S.)

The MATS Bootcamp starts February 3rd (I can hardly wait!) and lasts for 6 months. Its basically a class that sends out art assignments that are geared toward helping you get your portfolio ready to send out to art reps. And it also offers an online community of artists, which I really need. I’m sitting here in my apartment all by my lonesome self, working on artwork day after day. I am still looking for a part-time job but the more I stay at home and do art, the more that’s all I really want to do.

The MATS Part A and B classes are shorter (only a month each) and are geared toward teaching artist the different types of art that sell (this is all about licensing your artwork of course) and the markets that license art for their various products. The MATS Part A and B classes have industry experts involved and its an opportunity to get your artwork in front of those people.

That’s my big dream now, to have my art licensed on products and get royalty checks. To just work from home on artwork and get paid for it. Isn’t that every artist’s dream? It’s been mine for several decades and now I’m actually going to do something about making it a reality. I’ll post on how the class is going and post my artwork from the assignments. Yeah, I’m so excited.

Collage Download Freebie #1

Vintage Flower in Public Domain

collage freebie flower 272x300 Collage Download Freebie #1I found this gorgeous flower illustration while searching online for public domain images to use in my artwork.

I don’t remember where I found this one but I fell in love with it right away because it brought to mind lots of different ideas for artwork.

I have whole digital folders of public domain images that are just waiting to be used in upcoming artwork. They can be used for digital collage or you can print them out and use them in your paper/paint collage.

I will be uploading more public domain images each week so check back often.

Digital Collage – Glowing Gown

Glowing Gown Digital Collage

glowing gown digital collage 235x300 Digital Collage   Glowing GownI call this digital collage “Glowing Gown” for lack of a better name. I am not very good at naming my artwork although I do try to name every piece I create, so I don’t get too confused in the long run.

I created this digital collage in Adobe Photoshop, the most amazing digital art program on the planet. (Can you believe a ton of companies turned down that idea when it was first shopped around?!)

I created this digital collage using an old vintage image of a woman, and the background palace is also an old public domain photograph. I was able to create the glowing and sparkling effects with custom brushes that you can download for free all over the internet.

The hazy, smokey effects in the room was created using overlapping images that were set to setting like “overlay” and varying opacities.