My Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search Round 2 Entry

Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/

My entry for Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search was turned in weeks ago and is now up for everyone to see and potentially vote for!

Voting is now open to the public (how cool is that?) for Round 2 of Lilla Rogers' Global Talent Search to choose the 'People's Choice' finalist! Voting opened Tuesday, September 3rd and closes on Monday, September 9th at 9am PST / 12 noon EST / 5pm GMT. Be sure to read the details on how to vote. What's cool is that you don't have to sign-up for anything, you just click on the artist you want to vote for, type in your e-mail address, then check your e-mail and click the confirmation for your vote. Simple! You. Could. Change. Lives!

The 'People's Choice' winner gets an automatic spot among the top 5 artists chosen by the judging panel, which will be announced on Tuesday, September 10th. From there, those top 6 finalists will have a Skype call with Lilla, be given a third brief, and Lilla will announce the winner on Thursday, October 3rd. The winner wins 2 years of representation with her studio, which is a big deal!

Be sure to check out the competition and cast your vote before Monday! The wonderful thing is that you can vote for up to 5 artists – and of course, I would love to humbly request that you vote for me with one of your 5 votes. I must say, the competition is fierce. There's so much talent among these top 50 amazing artists, and I am so humbly grateful to be a part of them.

I also wanted to share with you today some little snippets of my submission, sketches, thought process, etc..

The project brief was for us to create a Farmers Market Tote Bag with an autumnal theme. I usually gravitate more towards Spring colorings and motifs, so it was fun to shift my focus and play with color and different icons. I sketched out about 8 different ideas...a girl picking apples among pattern-filled trees, a couple sitting on a bench holding a ginormous bunch of flowers with dogs happily by their side, a car driving through the forest full of a family as flowers sparkled out of their tailpipe, a tiny farmer harvesting humungous flowers, corn and seedpods, a grid layout of typical fall items such as pumpkin, pies, apples, leaves and hot tea, and lastly, the one I settled on - a canning jar vase filled with fall flowers gathered for a dinner party, with a play on the word 'Ball' with 'Fall'.

Some of Josephine Kimberling's sketchbook concepts for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, Round 2
Some of Josephine Kimberling's sketchbook concepts for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, Round 2

I started out with the girl picking apples among pattern-filled trees and after a few hours, just wasn't feeling it. It didn't scream 'me'. It didn't play to my strengths. It wasn't a Farmers Market Tote Bag that I would carry. I was adding people because it was suggested in the brief that they would like to see how we draw people, even though it wasn't a necessity.

Some of Josephine Kimberling's sketchbook concepts for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, Round 2
Some of Josephine Kimberling's sketchbook concepts for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search, Round 2

So, I brought it back to my strengths - pattern + color + flowers. It was so fun to build a bouquet. The final piece I created combines my hand-drawings and paintings with digitally drawn images in Illustrator. I added in textures that I hand-created and also created from photos I took of wood and textiles.

Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/

Lately, I've been SO in-love with deep purples, and berry mixed with orange so I just had to incorporate those colors for a cool and fashionable fall feeling.

Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/
Josephine Kimberling's Round 2 submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search. Voting is open to the public! Please vote by Monday, September 9th 9am PDT! http://lillarogers.com/gts-2013-round-2/

It's storming outside today in Seattle - complete with deep rolls of thunder and crackling in the sky. Mixed with my GTS submission, I feel I'm ready for a cup of hot tea and getting bundled up for Fall!

I hope you enjoy seeing a sneak peek into my design process and my final submission for Lilla Rogers Global Talent Search! Be sure to cast your vote today, while it's on your mind! 3 minutes. Promise.