The gallery is open so I can finally reveal my semi-final piece...
You can view the whole Global Talent Search Semi-Final Gallery here and it's full of fabulous work.
Here's a direct link to my piece in case you'd like to vote for it. The piece with the most public votes goes through to the final automatically. The judging panel will then put through another five. I'd love to be one of those final six but it's a tough competition.
About the brief
Our imaginary Art Director asked us to design the cover of a recipe book by Sunny Spindler, our cafe owner from the first round. We could choose to depict a cafe scene or focus on the desserts, or both. I came back from a research trip to a Brighton cafe with a load of surreptitious sketches of people eating cake, drinking tea and shooting the breeze, and I wanted to capture some of the quirky folk I saw.
I wanted to create a sugary vibe through the colours I chose rather than trying to create anything too cupcake-quirky, which isn't really my style. So I pulled some of the strong colours from my first round piece and put them into a sugary pink setting.
I love that big-haired fashionable lady on the left and who can't love a bearded dude digging into a massive cupcake?
It would be a dream come through to get into the finals but even if this is the end of my GTS road this year I have a load of ideas for new work, so it's already a win.
Good luck to everyone else and here's that link again in case you want to vote for my hipster cafe...