The last couple of years I've gotten increasingly interested in creating artwork for licensing—especially for surface/textiles and paper goods. I've gotten some positive encouragement about this direction from industry folks who've seen my work, and I really love making fun decorative imagery. (Plus, who doesn't love the idea of seeing your work all over cool products!) I've taken a licensing workshop with guru Cheryl Phelps, and a pattern-making workshop with the fabulously talented Julia Rothman at last summer's ICON7, and slowly (but surely!) have been beginning to develop some new work geared toward this.
I've learned that making successfully repeating designs is trickier than it seems! But with a little trial & error out of the way, I'm super excited to have gotten my first pattern working, and just submitted it to Spoonflower's weekly fabric design contest. I mean, the theme was "mardi gras"...how could I not enter?
This design will soon be available for sale as fabric, wallpaper or wall decals. Check it out here: http://www.spoonflower.com/fabric/1762737
I've also been reading Jessica Swift's Jump. Trust. Repeat. e-book—chock-full of great tips, insights, and encouragement for building a licensing career. It's a great resource‚ really inspiring, and so super pretty to look at too!