I have been drawing for several years now, but in April, 2013 I decided to expand my artistic drawing and design approach. Since then I have gained a lot of attention from various online stores, blogs, and great people overall.
In this post I wanted to share one of the most exciting moments in my artistic career thus far. After my 'Dreamy Tribal' illustration was completed (see above), I started creating more detailed illustrations and expanding my portfolio to include many intricate handmade patterns and animals as well. Then in August 2013 this e-mail came through:
I am in the process of selecting an artist for the DAKINE Women's AC Series
pack/bag/accessory 2015 Spring/Summer line. I came across your illustrations
online and after showing your work around to our product and marketing team,
we thought you would be a great fit for the project."
Two weeks later I had my pattern ready for DAKINE and they absolutely loved it!
Later in the year they sent me mock-ups of how my designs would look on their various luggage and handbag pieces, and I must humbly say that they were beyond beautiful.
Below is a black and white draft. I then added color in Adobe Illustrator.
Several months went by, and just recently DAKINE contacted me again with some actual photos of my line! They named it 'Rhapsody', and as soon as I opened the e-mail and saw my design on their luggage and handbags… happy tears started to run down my cheek. This was truly a big moment for me.
So today I can finally share them with the world! They won’t be in their stores until February 2015, but they have been produced and below are the final results.
Pursue whatever it is that you are after. Do not let doubts or fears get in the way. They will always exist, but I believe we must use these feelings to make us stronger, and more determined to prove to ourselves that we really can achieve anything. As long as you have the love and passion, no obstacle can prevent you from achieving your dreams.
POST UPDATE! March 2015
My 'Rhapsody Design' is now available at Billabong stores!
I was beyond thrilled and happy when I went in the store and found this.
Thank you very much for taking a minute of your time to read my post. If you have any questions or would like to reach me personally please do so at: firstname.lastname@example.org.