process :: my illustration for work/life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration

tammie bennett's legs illustration for Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration

i've stated before that UPPERCASE is one of my favorite magazines. so when i heard there was a call for submissions for Work/Life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration i jumped on it and sent in my submission.  luckily janine said yes!

In Janine's words ::

With the third edition of the UPPERCASE directory of illustration, we are pushing the personal nature of Work/Life to a new level. This edition's theme is "An Illustrated Life" in which we explore the ups and downs of illustration and what it takes to stay creative 24/7. Each participant offers their unique take on this theme and have created an original illustration based on a bespoke assignment specific to their interests and story given to them by UPPERCASE editor Janine Vangool. Unlike awards annuals or traditional illustration directories, our publication is personal. One hundred artists from around the world were individually interviewed about their creative focus and artistic technique as well as their inspirations and aspirations. Additional imagery (sketchbook pages, studio shots, inspirational objects) are integral to each participant’s spread, allowing the reader to take a peek into their entire working lives.

ummm, a bespoke illustration assignment from janine vangool?! yes, please!  my assignment was to create a surface pattern for the featured fabric in my very own modern quilt shop. i was so pumped.

i immediately started drawing legs.  the design above is pretty much exactly what i sketched, with some minor edits and additional color.  i loved making it.  not really sure where i came up with legs, but i'm sure it has to do with my deep love for knee high socks and the fact that my legs have carried me thousands and thousands of miles in my years of being a distance runner.


tammie bennett's catsss design for work/life 3 : the uppercase directory of illustration

i also created this catsss pattern that i love so much.  it was hard for me to decide between the two patterns, but i was leaning a little towards the legs.  i sent both to janine and she also chose the legs because, "it is so unexpected (and weird)."

i think i may just have to turn them into fabric so i can make things with them.  i'd actually love to sit on a big couch with the legs pattern.  for some reason i'd find that hilarious.

some of the other illustrators in this edition are my personal faves and i can't wait to see what they have to say about their inspirations and aspirations!

want a sneak peek of what else is inside?  check out this video of work/life 3: the UPPERCASE directory of illustration. you can purchase your very own copy right here.