New Lookbook!

If there's one thing I learned from creating a lookbook...

Lookbooks are a beast!

I've been slowly working on mine since August of 2015, and have FINALLY finished it.  Phew.  Overall, it was better that way since I've added quite a bit to my portfolio.  You can scroll to the end of this post to see the lookbook.

What's a lookbook?

It's a book can can be both digital and/or printed in which it showcases your designs on products.  It can have different definitions in various industries, but for the design world, it's basically when an artist places their design onto pretend products. This is so it's easier for art directors to "see" your design on their thing.  

But in other news, InDesign and I just became best friends

All designs are up for licensing (be zee way! wink wink).  If you're interested in going forward with any of these designs, or anything else in my portfolio, contact me!

Party Time - New Surface Pattern Collection

Collection Page This month has been full of new things for me!

It's my birthday in August, so I was feeling a party coming on =) Sketched some paper fans, balloons, and confetti...and bam, patterns happened!

I finished fun party collection called "Party Time" (preview pictured above) AND I'm almost done with my lookbook.

The lookbook will include mockups like the one below. I used motifs from Party Time! So cool, right?!

WIP it Good - Crustaceans

Oh lawdy. Has been a month. And it's not even over yet.

I'm getting through my days  just looking forward to when I can see my Engineer, Ripley (zee kitteh!), and illustrate the crap out of something.  Sitting down, pencil/wacom pen in my hands... my happy face turns on and I'm content.

This month in MATS Bootcamp, our theme is Crustaceans.  There was an a little extra assignment in there to make them solid-ish, put them on a patterned background and to arrange them on a dining set.  I haven't gotten to that last bit, but I'll show you my WIPs (works in progress).

I start out in my sketchbook, making very basic lines, because I'm firstly a computer artist...and skipping secondly, thirdly, I'm a "draw-er".  I can make stuff look great in Illustrator and Photoshop, but it would take me a day and a year to make a decent crab without filling up my pages of my sketchbook.

Vectorizing Sketches

I ended up making a whole collection because I can't handle just having an illustration alone.  It needs friends! Perhaps I'm somewhat particular about that. I feel an illustration is made better by its companions (just like The Doctor!).

Here's the finished pattern samples.  I've made a few more colorways for most of these designs, as well; available to interested parties! Crabby and the Shells Collection by Megan Nicole

If you'd like to see the dining set with elements of this collection in it, sign up for my newsletter (in the sidebar), and you'll get to see the finished product after it's done!  Otherwise, you'll have to wait for the lookbook ;)

April 2015 Bootcamp Submission

The Illustration gallery now houses a new piece!  It turned out much better than expected and ended up being more fun than I thought.  I was dubious about doing advertisements, but when it's an advert in the style of ME, I realized it was way more fun! Global Art Gathering Poster































Was made for the 2015 Make Art that Sells Bootcamp.  You can see the rest of the submissions on the Make Art that Sells website.

Getting Real: My Art Story

Since the end of the December, I've been hard-core into taking classes all about making art and how to sell it and what markets will work for me.  I won't link anything here, because that's not the focus of this post because this is *my* art story.

These classes will and ARE amazing for me and I'm INCREDIBLY excited to see what it brings to the table.  I feel I'm on the way to doing what's been in the back of my mind for a long time.

I suppose this is brought on by the thought that I'll be twenty-nine this summer and just got me thinking about how late I'm starting this and how late to the "game" I feel.

*back-in-time fade out here*

Enter: Nineteen year old Megan: Young student in college, eyes bright, studying photography.  My DREAM was to be a wedding photographer; in fact, I had at least 7 or 8 wedding clients under my belt between the ages of 16 and 19 (I know, right? Young!)  I thought it was awesome, doing that for myself, and loved setting up the shots and doing the editing afterward.  I loved it until...I didn't.

Until my young brain realized, "oh crap, I could actually screw this whole thing up if I miss/don't get a good picture of (insert shot here)!"  And that terrified me that I would be able to screw up so horribly the first go-around with no do-overs.

After that, I stopped doing professional photography (professional, meaning paid) and just shot for myself.  ...And when I say "stopped" I mean changed paths.  First, I went back to my old love, web development and design.  I had been designing websites for myself for fun since I had been fourteen years old and loved that, so I thought I'd get back into it while going to school.


I had a connection (read: "network") from a classmate who knew of a graphic design position that would forever change my artistic ventures.  It was actually the same person I shot weddings with occasionally that introduced me to the job: textile manufacturing.

I went in for an interview, and got the job. It was full time, mind you...and I was still in college at this time.  Regrettably, I quit going to school 2 years prior to graduating, but I was inadvertently setting the bright path for the future.

...And then I belonged the the beloved OC to LA morning commute.  YAY *insert roaring applause here*

Since then, I've moved on from that previous company, but now I work for a different fabric converter, who is AMAZING and I can't say enough great things about the people there, the things I've learned and the relationships that have been cultivated through working in the textile industry...but I'd still love to keep creating and make a small business for myself.

This is the purpose of these classes: to better my art and create the things I want to make. I've spent almost 9 years working on so many amazing artist's artwork,

I just needed to remind myself that I'm an artist too and I can't forget that.

Review of Make Art that Sells part A (MATS)

Just going to go ahead and say it: Lilla Rogers, with her Make Art that Sells classes, is a freakin genius.

There! I’ve said it. These past 5 weeks have been so freaking amazing for me. I’ve explored more about my own creativity than I have ever learned in college or any other time in my life and I am downright HAPPY about life. These classes have shown me community, structure, and enthusiasm about my craft.  This is my review of the course.

Pepper Pop Collection by Megan NIcole Designs

I don’t think there would be such MASSIVE opportunity to meet other people had it not been for these classes. It’s like this world comes alive with people you had no idea existed and everything is just…sparkly with goodness!

I’ve also made a few friends along the way and I hope to meet some of them in the future. I need these people in my life -- creatives who make beautiful things. I believe that a creative person always needs people in his/her life that complement his or her own life goals.

Lilla has structured these classes in a great way, too. First, there’s a mini assignment to get your creative juices a-flowin to prepare you for the main assignment two days later. The goal is to turn in a beautiful and fun piece at the end of the week. This is great for me, especially, because I’m really great at deadlines. Like seriously. It’s at 6pm, you say? Oh, I’ll be there at 5:30 with 7-layer dip!

It’s also been great learning how to show enthusiasm with my art. Before, this class I was very secretive and “in-the-shadows” about my stuff. It was embarrassing to say definitively, “I’m an artist” because I feel it’s a rather looked-down-upon vocation. Neither Scientist nor doctor am I, but I’ll make the most badass wall art for your office and you’ll love it gosh-darn-it!

This enthusiasm word has been a great discovery for me, partly due to Tara Swiger’s podcast Explore your Enthusiasm I talked about last week. I’m learning to not just be content or happy with something. I’m learning to be enthusiastic! Let yourself look forward to the future and be excited for it. Share you love with all the peeps!

I’d recommend Make Art that Sells for anyone with a passion for their art who actually wants to make money doing it. “Eesh, let’s not talk about money,” you say. Well…I won’t today, but know you CAN make money and a living off of doing what you love if you put your mind to it.

I’m looking forward to the future of my own business (I just got my business permit and seller’s license! YAY!) and I hope you’ll tag along and see where this craziness takes me!