Lilla Rogers is a US based illustration agency which holds an annual global talent search competition. After reading about it in Uppercase Magazine, I decided to enter. There are three elimination rounds. The theme of the first was 'terrarium'. Despite my increasing enjoyment of plants and my monthly Gardening Australia illustration assignment, I groaned when I read 'terrarium', because choosing something so blatantly 'in' implied that what they were searching for was something extremely commercial. 'Mass market' even, if I may lapse back into fashion industry speak for a moment.
Feeling that I was probably doomed from the start, I tried to subvert the theme a little, without taking it too far. But I had a lot of trouble with the sketches, and that's generally a bad sign (not always though, a world of pain at sketch time can occasionally turn around too -- I would love to hear some opinions on that one).
(Sorry, these photos are in the wrong order -- damned Blogger.) I painted the background in first. The dark acrylic paint that I chose was an annoyingly translucent one, which didn't help my attempt at a professional finish.
Overall, it took way too long to complete. But I am actually kind of happy with how it turned out, although surprised at how kids-y it looks too. I had imagined it as something that teens might like, but in retrospect it's definitely for the smaller ones. I prefer the close-up above, and in retrospect it might have been more interesting to just show the interior of the terrarium (as some smart entrants did), rather than the entire object.
Needless to mention, I have not made it to round two.