For the abstract illustration exercise I chose to paint while listening to Gypsy Kings, a group that I enjoy and was part of the exercises's list suggestions. The idea was to make a numerous of marks while listening to the music and trying to be as expressive as possible.
I used my big sketchbook for this propuse and mainly I used Gouache, even though I had also chosen oil pastels and pencil colors. For most of my marks I chose warm color and I felt the impulse of painting primarily curves and circles.
Then I took pictures with the square mode of my phone to then try to recreate my favorite, but I'm not really convinced by the remake, I fell that the first marks were more natura than the ones I came up with when trying to recreate it.
Regarding the question: "Do you think your image would work as an illustration for a cover of a CD for the music you listened to?" I think it could, specially the square piece taken out directly from the bigger abstract illustration and not the second version.
Overall, I've never been really attracted to abstract art and I also didn't love the process of producing it. It was a fun and interesting exercise but I don't think it's a topic that I'd be actually interested in diving in.
I'm Astrid Badell-Suhr, designer and illustrator, specialist in communication