Group Project :: City Collection

FROM LAUREN: WOW, do we have something to show you! This summer, I was excited to teach another semester at Watkin's College of Art, Design & Film in their Community Education Department. One of the classes was geared towards art licensing, and I thought it would be awesome to have the Happy Happy crew do the same final project that my students were given.

What was the assignment? Each artist was asked to use a city as inspiration towards a collection of art meant for the licensing industry. They could create stand-alone illustrations, patterns, or a combination of both. In addition, they could use the entire city as their inspiration, OR just focus on a specific element, like a local food or tradition.

Let's see what our members did!

EMILY: Palm Springs, California

I love how Emily's Palm Springs collection really utilizes her city in several ways. Not only is the color scheme perfect for California, but it compliments her 1960's Eichler modern design influence, too! I also enjoy her playful use of rhythmic design elements and more organic shapes- it creates a nice balance.

MUFFIN: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

The week before this assignment was due, my students were learning about product mock-ups, and Muffin's piece is a perfect example of how mock-ups can really sell and bring life to a collection of art! I love the details such as the bear on the bike and the boat under the bridge (lots of "b" words, huh?).  The addition of the notepads and lettering really show how this collection can be fleshed out, too. I want it all!

DENISE: Romeo, Michigan

Denise's inspiration was the small town her mother lives in,  which is full of colorful victorian homes, antique shops, and orchards. How cute did this end up? It's a great combination of pattern and illustration in my opinion. The limited palette is very sweet, and who doesn't love that curious squirrel? What are you up to, Mr. Squirrel?

TAMMIE: New York, New York!

With an assignment like this, somebody HAS to do New York City, right? Tammie created a playful geometric version, focusing on iconic "big apples" and great abstract coordinates. I would love to stroll through the Big Apple in a dress made out of that top pattern! The little New York title itself makes me want to see a whole skyline done with those fun Tammie buildings.

JILL: Paris, France

Paris is another popular choice for this kind of assignment, and Jill gave us a collection sweeter than all the macaroons and chocolate croissants in Paris combined (mmmmm, croissants…). Once again, she creates a world full of great characters and whimsical details (isn't that postcard the cherry on top?). It's wonderful to see the street artist and the french poodles but have a totally fresh interpretation of those icons. 

LAUREN: Paris, France (expressed through cats!)

I kinda love how Jill's Paris has the iconic french poodles and mine has cats. Cats on scooters, cats drinking espresso…just cats all over the place! Cats seem so sophisticated and French in a way. For this project, I really wanted to focus on my ink sketches and only introduce color as an accent here and there. 

So there you go! We're so glad we got to share this group project with you. Has a city inspired you in any creative way? We'd love to hear about it!