It is time to work on another set of Artist Trading Cards, and this time, I thought I would share my design process here. Looking at the end product that someone shows is lovely, but a lot may be learned from the struggle that an artist goes through to create.
This set of cards is themed “Spring”, although I always use the theme very loosely. This round is a little bittersweet because the group that I have participated in ATCs with had some upheaval, and I stepped away in the process. That leaves me with a group of people I love and dearly miss, with a melancholy feeling around the situation as a whole. That and spring are divergent ideas at first glance.
In looking for something common between the two ideas, I find myself drawn to “hope”, “wish” or “growth”. Both hope and growth fit nicely with a spring theme, so I am narrowing my card theme down to those two. Flowers and blooming align with either, so I am going to look at my papers/embellishments/resources to see what it have. I also want to include a hand-designed piece, so I am searching for a transparency to see if I can add a home-made rub on to the mix.
Now with a theme, and an idea rumbling around, I am going to look at my resources, and see what I can do...
How do you start a project?