Calling all Creatives - It's Time to put your Art to Work with the Handcrafted Hustle

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As surface designers, we create a whole lot of artwork. Like, a lot. And while much of that work is picked up by art directors, there is just as much (if not more) that ends up on the cutting room floor. Why not put it to work?

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Kimberly Shrack of Manayunk Calligraphy has started a new online course called designed to help artists and makers turn their skill into a retail business, just like she did. The course is called the Handcrafted Hustle, and it's designed to give you everything you need to launch your creative business in just 4 weeks. Over the course of 4 weeks, you'll have done everything you need to launch your maker business. Paperwork? Filed. Products? Perfected. Website? Ready to go. Under the guidance of successful maker business owners and experts, you'll enter the world of creative entrepreneurship with confidence.

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While the legal and tax elements of the course are U.S.-specific, the rest of the information is applicable no matter where you are located. This includes topics such as creating a business plan, choosing your sales channels, pricing your products, branding, social media strategy and more. And bonus? All students who complete the course will have an opportunity to get their work in front of boutique retailer Homespun: Modern Handmade -- and one talented boss will have their products sold in the flagship store during this upcoming holiday season. Pretty cool, huh?

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To learn more, visit the FAQ section at handcraftedhustle.com. Kim is offering our subscribers $50 off the class price. Just use code RISEDESIGN50 at checkout. Class starts Monday, October 1, so don't delay!

Be Inspired by Work from our First FolioFocus AW Week

 Christine DeCarvalho

Christine DeCarvalho

Last week marked the start of our September FolioFocus session, with a solid design foundation setting focus, to set us all up for the coming creative weeks in the best way. I couldn’t resist also setting a quick turnaround brief with new trend info and boy did classmates rise to the challenge!

Have a gander below and enjoy the beauty and talent.

 Youngsun Kim

Youngsun Kim

 Erica-Mulherin

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 sinead hanley

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Enrolment for the current session is still open, so feel free to jump in if you can. Follow along on Instagram @RiseDesignandShine for more stunning work.

FolioFocus Lush Lettering

 Anne Côte

Anne Côte

Last week's assignment revolved around hand lettering and typography. Have a read to see how Lauren took on the task and some great sources of inspiration from Annie!

Lauren Hamil

"I really enjoyed this week's brief as I don't often work on lettering. I decided that I wanted to create something fun that could work for greetings/stationery as well as children's wear so I started by finding a quote that I felt could work - "Today is the beginning of anything you want" as well as and vibrant colour palette.

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I then started roughly sketching out the words in different styles and planning the layout on paper before using a fine liner to draw final lettering.

In addition to the words themselves I decided to add decorative elements to my design and therefore drew a variety of motifs - mainly flowers but also arrows and swirls. I also did some mark making with paints to later use as textures.

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I scanned everything in and used Illustrator to trace my designs before colouring and adding texture to the various elements. I like to do this initially in one file as sort of an index of motifs which I then pull from to make my designs.

In a new document I then put together the basic layout of the lettering and began adding the decorative elements to them.

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Overall, I am really happy with my final design as well as the patterns. I might try experimenting with a completely different colour palette as I think I could possibly achieve a very different feel with different colours."


Annie McGee

"First up I sketched out my initial thoughts to work out my target audience/client, best places to do research & my theme. I’ve been wanting to do something around roller skating for awhile & my son loves his skates so a young lad’s art print for the bedroom it is! 😊 We’re looking to decorate his room as he moves from that little boy stage to almost teen, so I’m thinking a funky street/graffiti vibe influenced by the skate parks. Gone are the Thomas the Tank Engine curtains! 😆


"When it comes to lettering there’s some fab Instagram accounts out there. Definitely check out Lauren Hom, she has a fun weekly lettering challenge on Instagram & provides great tips in her newsletters. http://www.homsweethom.com
 

One of my favourite lettering books is the one pictured here by Dina Rodriguez of https://www.lettershoppe.com. Very thorough, fab examples & encourages you to develop your own typography. Her live videos are great, check out her YouTube & Instagram (word of warning - don’t watch when the kids are around due to swearing)." 

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Thanks for the insight Annie! 


More Lush Lettering!

Illustrated Recipes Showcase

  Kristy de Castro

 Kristy de Castro

Last week, FolioFocus classmates designed beautifully illustrated Recipes for TDAC (They Draw and Cook) and what a delicious outcome! 

Emma Bresola

"This week I illustrated The Red Velvet, a made-up name for a smoothie recipe, containing berries and red fruits. When I can, I prefer gathered fresh food as reference. Usually I start making some icons and in this case I painted with watercolour.

I made the recipe, 2 patterns, and I made the Red Velvet smoothy for myself and it was so yummy. The name, smoothie and ingredients are hand lettering".

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Liv Wan

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Next up we have illustrator, Live who began her processes with pencil sketches before taking her elements into the computer.

"I was going to illustrate a salad recipe but we had very horrible weather recently and it's wet and cold so I don't really fancy salad. I saw this "Shakshuka" recipe and it looks so delicious, warm and spicy! That's how I decided to illustrate this dish instead".

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Leticia Plate

When Leticia shared this sketch at the beginning of the week, I know we were going to be in with a treat when it came to her final design. As expected her final illustrated recipe is colourful, fun and full of energy. I can see these food characters being developed into a story! 

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Leticia started with ink sketches which she has digitised without losing the thick and thinks in the line, keeping the original hand-drawn look and feel. 

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