Q: HOW DID HAPPY HAPPY ART COLLECTIVE FORM?
A: We all took the Make Art That Sells e-course in 2013 and were fans of each other's work. A few months after class ended we decided to form a collective to support our common goals. We all want to promote our work and grow as artists. This collective has been a perfect place for us to help each other do just that.
Q: WHAT IS BEHIND THE NAME HAPPY HAPPY?
A: We brainstormed name ideas and the word happy was an instant hit. So much of a hit that we decided to use it twice!
Q: WHY A FLOWER?
A: Because flowers are happy, of course! Flowers bring light and spread joy, just like our art.
Q: WHAT IS MAKE ART THAT SELLS?
A: Make Art that Sells is an E-course taught by artist and agent Lilla Rogers and produced by Beth Kempton. Lilla uses her 30 years of experience to teach artists how to create art that sells. The course covers 10 markets from bolt fabric to children's books to editorial. Lilla and Beth bring in lots of industry experts from places like Anthropologie, Paperchase, and Chronicle Books to share their advice on what art directors and art buyers are looking for. Lilla offers helpful critiques and reviews of some of the art each week. At the end of the course the artists have 10 strong pieces for their portfolio and have gained the friendship of an amazing tribe of artists.
Q: HOW HAS MAKE ART THAT SELLS HELPED YOUR ILLUSTRATION CAREERS?
Tammie - MATS really helped me to push WAY farther than i usually push in my art. i think i get lazy sometimes and think i'm done when i really could go so much farther. the class taught me to really think about icons, lettering and textures and I can't wait to develop all of those skills a lot more.
Denise - Let's just say I'm embarrased to show you the work I used to make before Make Art That Sells. I thought I had it all together before I took MATS. I had been freelancing for years and felt like I was at a standstill. After taking MATS, I came out with 10 amazing portfolio pieces, more self-confidence in my work, knowledge of the different markets and a handful of amazing and talented friends.
Emily - The art I made in Make Art That Sells was so much more polished and professional than my previous work - it totally transformed my portfolio! Before MATS, I felt pretty green - but I came out of class with loads of determination, self-confidence, focus and drive. I was ready to go out and take on the world.
Jill - Not that I didn't know this already, but I learned that there are soooo many talented artists out there! It was both intimidating and inspiring to try to keep up with them. It was a great learning environment, and it focused me on paying attention to every detail, having an abundance of rich icons, and the power of good presentations. All this in addition to opening my eyes to the tons of artistic opportunities in the marketplace.
Lauren - My background is mainly editorial illustration and product design. I started to learn about surface design and licensing, so I took Lilla's MATS course. I loved her insight into the different markets, the interviews she had with industry professionals, and the way she broke down each project. I discovered new ways of making my art and felt like it had a place in the world. Soon after, I decided it was time to leave my in-house design position and go back to pursuing my art full-time as a self-employed artist. It didn't take long before I had several projects on my plate!
Muffin - MATS opened my eyes to a whole world of possibilities of things I could have my artwork on. I've always felt I've had the talent but just wasn't sure where to put my work. Now I feel confident that my work is good enough and that I can get my art on lots of different products!
Q: WHAT IS THE POINT OF YOUR WEBSITE?
A: We built this website to share our happy art with you. You will always find something here to brighten up your day. We will be posting our art frequently on our blog. We will also be posting printables and freebies that bring a little joy to your life.
Q: ARE YOU ACCEPTING MORE ARTISTS INTO YOUR COLLECTIVE?
A: Thank you for your interest, but we are not accepting any more artists at this point. We might be able to connect you with other artists who are looking to start or add to a collective.
Q: DO YOU ACCEPT COMMISSIONS / HOW CAN WE WORK WITH YOU?
A: If you are interested in working with one of us, please hop over to our contact page to reach us by our individual emails. If you would like to work with us collectively on a project, feel free to use the contact form and we'll happily get back to you shortly!
Q: DO YOU SELL PRINTS?
A: We do not sell prints...yet! We are working on some really fun projects behind the scenes. Sign up for our newsletter to receive announcements before our blog readers do.
Q: HOW DO YOU KEEP TRACK OF EVERYTHING?
A: It's really hard! But we've found that having a private Facebook group page works really well. We use an app/website called Asana for keeping track of when our projects are due. We also meet twice a month in Google Hangouts to see our happy faces and chat about all things illustration and general happiness.
Q: DO YOU EXHIBIT AT TRADE SHOWS?
A: We have exhibited at Surtex as a collective in 2015.
Q: WE WANT TO START AN ART COLLECTIVE CAN YOU OFFER ANY ADVICE?
A: When starting an art collective try to find people who have the same goals and drive as you do. Find people who are equally talented and who can make you better as they work together with you, making projects and designs along the way. And make sure to have fun!
Q: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?
A: Head over to our artist pages to see what makes each of us happy happy!
Q: CAN YOU FEATURE MY WORK ON YOUR BLOG?
A: Our blog is a place to share our happy happy art with others. At this time we are not accepting other artists' work to be featured on our blog.
Q: CAN I PUT ART FROM YOUR WEBSITE ON MY BLOG?
A: All images and artwork shown here, unless otherwise credited, are the copyright of Happy Happy Art Collective or one of the Happy Happy artists. You are welcome to post our art on your blog; however, first please contact us for permission by emailing us at happyhappycollective [at] gmail [dot] com. Then give us proper credit and link to our site.
Q: CAN I BLOG ABOUT HAPPY HAPPY?
A: Yes! We are excited to share our Happy Happy art with as many people as possible! Though, we would appreciate if you gave us proper credit by linking to our site.
Q: DO YOU HAVE A NEWSLETTER?
A: We do have a monthly newsletter where we share our new work, monthly projects, news and other fun stuff. Please join our mailing list below.
Q: ARE YOU AN ART AGENCY?
A: We are not an Art Agency. We are a group of like-minded happy artists trying to spread our happy art with happy people all over the world!
Q: WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?
A: You can find us all over the U.S.! We have artists in Massachusetts, Oregon, Tennessee, Illinois, Wisconsin and Utah.
Q: CAN WE ADVERTISE ON YOUR BLOG?
A: Thanks for wanting to support Happy Happy Art Collective! At this time we are not taking advertisers. But if we ever do, we will be sure to announce it in our newsletter - please subscribe for future updates.
Q: I EMAILED ONE OF THE ARTISTS, BUT HAVEN’T HEARD BACK. WHAT’S UP WITH THAT?
A: Aw, man, so sorry! We are busy little bees, so sometimes, things slip through the cracks. If you haven't heard back from the artist in three days, please email happyhappycollective [at] gmail [dot] com and someone will be contacting you shortly. Thanks for your patience!
Q: WHAT MEDIUMS DO YOU WORK IN?
Tammie - i use pencil, paper and ink to start most of my drawings and patterns. i then use adobe illustrator and sometimes photoshop. i also really enjoy creating mixed media pieces with acrylic, goache, graphite, ephemera and pastels.
Denise - I like to sketch my ideas in my sketchbooks with a drafing pencil. I will then ink in my sketches with a nib pen, paper and light box. Then scan everything in and add color and texture in Illustrator.
Emily - I start my drawing with a pencil sketch and ink it with Micron pens. After I scan the drawing into my computer, I clean it up and color it in Photoshop. I have been experimenting with incorporating gouache painting and pencil textures into my work, as well!
Jill - I'm pretty much a straight up digital artist. I start out with a pencil sketch, then scan it and redraw exclusively in illustrator. However, I'm hoping to start using actual paint in my illustrations and ink and pen work in my lettering... wish me luck!
Lauren - My main medium is gouache, which is kind of like a thick watercolor paint. However, lately I have been scanning in sketches and playing with them in both Illustrator and Photoshop, sometimes combining vector with painted elements. In the end, sometimes people can't tell what is hand-painted and what is digital! I like switching between the two because I realize each technique influences the other.
Muffin - I work mostly digitally. But I create a lot of textures and scan them in and use them in my work, like stamping, painting and drawing. I do like sketching out an idea first and then I will scan it in and then draw it in Illustrator.
Q: ARE THERE ANY BOOKS ON ILLUSTRATION YOU RECOMMEND?
A: Creative Lettering by Jennie Doh, I Just Like to Make Things by Lilla Rogers, Craft-a-Doodle by Jennie Doh, 2014 Artist's & Graphic Designer's Market, How to be an Illustrator by Darrel Rees
Q: WHAT E-COURSES DO YOU RECOMMEND?
A: We have lots! Some of the Happy Happy Art Collective artists have taken these and loved them:
sarah ahearn bellemare has a super fun mixed media ecourse.
skillshare has some awesome classes on photoshop, illustrator and hand lettering
lilla rogers's make art that sells ecourse was fantastic.
sabina's hand drawn vector graphics foundation class is packed with information and beautiful.