This week’s assignment in Make Art That Sells is to design a set of up to four plates using succulents as the inspiration. What fun! I decided to experiment with a different technique than my usual Micron pens in my sketchbook, and broke out my stencil brushes and India ink, working on cold pressed watercolor paper:
I drew some more leaves and spines with my trusty Micron pen for contrast:
Cacti remind me of the desert of course, so I looked up rock formations in the desert Southwest USA and drew an abstraction:
First I started off with a black and white design. I used a rock/slate background to evoke the desert inspiration:
I really liked the feel of the B&W palette, especially since it makes the food served on it look great. But the plates at the bottom were a bit lost. I experimented with a different layout and background, and added a fourth plate design:
Later I found out that the plates were to have a summer theme. I didn’t really want to let go of the B&W palette, but decided to keep an open mind. I realized as I worked with the color palette that the stone-inspired line drawing wasn’t really working with the other plate designs. I discarded that plate and designed another one that went better with the other three. Since I was working with flat colors, I also included swatches:
This layout was the one I submitted to the class Flickr group, but I’ll be keeping the black and white version for my portfolio as well. What do you think? Wouldn’t these plates be great for a summer garden party? Share your thoughts in the comments below.