Reinterpreting the lastest cover for Cultured Magazine, featuring the incredible Thelma Golden.
Category Archives: Animated
In true Cinderella spirit, I couldn’t have done this without the help of a few friends. Although instead of Jaq and Gus (and their cheery bluebird counterparts!) I tapped my incredibly talented friend, Valentina Kova, to help design the dress and bring it to life. Valentina is full of kind and infectious energy! Her designs have been worn by celebrities such as Lorde, Julianne Moore, Lady Gaga, and Julia Roberts.
As we were designing the gown, we decided that we must find our true life Cinderella. Without a second thought, we knew it had to be our friend Isabella Boylston. Isabella is a principal dancer in the American Ballet Theater, and possibly the kindest woman we know. She radiates with magic! So much so, that she is due to perform the role of the Fairy Godmother in the American Ballet Theater’s performance of Cinderella this coming June & July in New York City.
What a dream to bring a sketch to life…
Our final dress design.
Once we designed the dress, Valentina worked her magic in bringing the gown to life. A blue silk satin dress with sheer blue organza from the chest up, complete with hundreds of hand-sewed Swarovski crystals, covered buttons, and a blue satin bow. Oh, and who could forget the crystal slippers!
At last, the dress is ready for the ball!
We then asked our whimsically talented friend and filmmaker Meagan Cignoli to take things to the next level. Meagan worked her motion magic to bring the gown, Isabella, and the Cinderella spirit to life! Isabella spinning into a beautiful blue dream with a little help from her Fairy Godmother’s… Meagan and Valentina.
“A dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep. In dreams you will lose your heartaches. Whatever you wish for, you keep. Have faith in your dreams, and someday, your rainbow will come smiling through. No matter how your heart is grieving, if you keep on believing, the dream that you wish will come true.”
She steps into a magical place, forgetting the reality that lies behind her…
I love to imagine. My mind can get lost in just about anything; Taking a walk down the street… imagining what the birds might be chirping to each other… or how a flower blooms each Spring, and how wonderful that must feel after the long snowy winter we’ve had; to come back to life, colorful and radiant, soaking up the returning sun.
As an artist, I believe in taking a closer look at the world, in finding beauty in unlikely places. Like watching a seed blossom into a flower, or a vine unexpectedly sprout roses. Seeing things grow in the yard, in the windowsill, and in the world is what inspires my imagination, and inspires my art.
I created a short animation with Miracle Gro to launch their Gro Something Greater campaign. Imagining a world within the shadows…
Music written and performed by my brother, Ben Rodgers.
As part of the campaign, we’re challenging you to share your own Gro Something Greater story with us. Share your story, and use the hashtag #GroSomethingGreater for a chance to win a Grow Kit. Enter by April 15th- open to US residents only.When you grow, you grow more than just plants. In collaboration with Scott’s Miracle Gro.
Last night, I saw the whisper of a ballerina dancing at my door…
She dances to my brother’s music…
Remember when she was dancing on my sketchbook?
I’ve had this dream in my head for a while now… where I’m drawing a dancer and she suddenly comes to life, effortlessly dancing across the paper. What a surreal world that would be…
Watch her dance to music here.
Living in the city, it takes a bit more effort to take moments to surround yourself with the beauty of nature. Some of my favorite city moments are strolling through the flower filled Cambridge residences on Brattle Street in Harvard Square, stopping in my favorite flower shop, or riding my bike along the Charles River; these are places that keep you sane and grounded. Nature has a unique way of inspiring wonder and imagination.
Like Boston, New York City has hints of nature lurking on every corner… whether it be the many blooms outside each corner bodega, rooftop garden escapes, or a cruise through Central Park, nature gives the concrete jungle life!
This is why I’ve teamed up with Miracle Gro to create a short video to promote their GRO1000 project, which has hopes to create more than 1,000 community gardens and green spaces around the world by 2018. GRO1000 is dedicated to enriching communities through connecting with nature.
Post in collaboration with Scott’s Miracle Gro.
Technology has always been intriguing to me… and I’m constantly inspired by the digital world we have quickly adapted to. Of course things change quickly these days, and a lot of us drag our feet when it comes to change. I’ll admit, I do get a tiny bit frustrated when I update my computer… only to find out the latest greatest computer is coming out two months later. Although, most of the time I’m excited about change. I welcome change because it keeps things exciting. It keeps you fresh and on your feet, constantly searching for new ideas.
As an artist, it’s important to remember to hit the refresh button once in a while. Whether new ideas thrive or fail, art needs to evolve as you grow. I feel this way every few months, and I love that technology gives me the opportunity (and sometimes forces me) to evolve my work. I’m really into Instagram Videos right now. I’m completely fascinated by the challenge of being creative with it… and seeing how other’s will use it. What do you think?
Music | Fireside Dance from Oz the Great and Powerful by Danny Elfman
There’s something about being home in the South that inspires me. It’s rejuvenating to be surrounded by nature, listening to the great outdoors and stargazing at the midnight sky. As they say, time slows down in the South… and it brings me back to my days as a little girl.
I’ve always found it a little funny how growing up I used to see fireflies, rollie pollies, grasshoppers, and butterflies so frequently… playing with them used to entertain me for hours! As I’ve grown, those small friends have become rare sights (especially since I live in the Boston). Being in Georgia reminded me to keep my eyes open, and see the world as a little girl again. Those things are still there, we just have to look for them. Fireflies were one of my favorite things about growing up in the country, and it was magical to see them twinkling all around me just the other day…
I never get tired of drawing gowns, never. Whenever I’m warming up my hand, I instinctively begin by drawing girls in gowns. It just feels natural to me…
I’ve been using Vine to record my process a bit (although it’s no easy task!).
Click on the box below to see me sketch in action…
A quick sketch brought to life.