CRYSTAL HANDS

Andy Espinoza and I have teamed up again to create a series of jeweled pieces (you may recall our past collaboration here).

The magic of this piece began when I went to see the Jewels by JAR Exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The exhibition blew me away… standing in complete darkness, with spotlights shimmering off of precious stones in the form of flowers, animals, and other incredible creations.

Andy and I spoke of collaborating again, and this exhibit had sparked an image that I couldn’t shake from my mind. Combining jewels with his incredibly poetic oil renderings of the human form.

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I received Andy’s painting in the mail, and began layering gouache on top to bring the jewels to life (Inspired by this piece). Once the gouache was set, I applied Swarovski crystals to complete the piece.

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Watch the making of video here.

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Luck of the Irish

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Wishing you a day full of luck!

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Marchesa

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Sketches of Marchesa Fall 2014 Gowns.

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Dream Closet

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If you follow me on instagram, you know that I’m most inspired to paint in the late evening hours. Maybe it’s from the years of staying up late painting as a kid, or after work when I had a separate day job, or the silence of the world fast asleep, but those midnight hours are some of my favorite to dream…

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The Muppets

Back in January, I embarked on my first trip out west for an experience that unearthed many beloved childhood memories…

Waking up in sunny, 85 degree Los Angeles during the peak of winter was not a bad way to start a workday. Windows down, we headed to SoapBox Films bright and early to attend the filming of The Muppet’s latest commercial featuring Subway to promote their new movie, Muppets Most Wanted in theaters March 21st.

There’s no other way to describe stepping onto the set other than dreamlike. The real Kermit and Miss Piggy (who had her own dressing area), right there in front of me!

Between the artist who was crafting the most beautiful Subway sandwiches for the film, and the incredible Muppets team (and beautiful set), there was plenty of inspiration to take in. As the team filmed the scenes, I set out to capture a few moments in my sketchbook…

Kermit bringing Miss Piggy her Subway sandwich.

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Miss Piggy getting ready for showtime!

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Showtime with Kermit and Miss Piggy

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Miss Piggy and her Subway sandwich

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Post in collaboration with Subway. #PileOnTheVeggies
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THE OSCARS | SOMEWHERE OVER THE RAINBOW

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Elie Saab gown worn by Pink during her Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary tribute to Judy Garland at The Oscars.

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THE OSCARS | LUPITA NYONG’O

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“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o

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GRO SOMETHING GREATER

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.
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PAPER FASHION X BOW & DRAPE

It all began with a simple study; a quick exploration of lipsticks in watercolor.

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A few conversations later, I dreamt up two new fabric patterns for my friends over at Bow & Drape! The perfect feminine mix of lipsticks and florals.

Bow & Drape recently launched our collaborative collection, which you can see in it’s entirety here.

My personal favorites… the Pucker up Shirtwaist Dress, Pucker up Swing Dress, Gardenia Floral Shorts, and the Gardenia Floral Blazer.

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I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring my watercolors off the paper and onto this beautiful collection- available for preorder now!

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Oscar de la Renta

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Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 looks illustrated in gouache. 

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IN THE SKETCHBOOK

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Rosie Assoulin illustration (above).

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Jenny Packham illustration (above).

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See more of my past sketches here.

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ILLUSTRATING THE COVER

Last year, Jordan approached me about illustrating her new book, Ramshackle Glam: The New Mom’s Haphazard Guide to (Almost) Having It All. Here’s a look at the process behind the cover illustration…RSG_2

Illustrating a book about being a new mom was a a new type of challenge… of course, I know absolutely nothing about being a new mom! We wanted to convey both Jordan’s quirky-glam personality, as well as something any new mom could relate to in one image.

My first draft illustration (above) seemed like a fine idea to me, until we quickly realized that storing a baby bottle and extra shoes in the same place is less than sanitary. (Whoops!)

I experimented with various perspectives, and various props… trying to figure out which viewpoint captured the message in the most instantaneous way.

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and alas, we found the look we wanted…RSG_4

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Check out the book for more than 20 illustrations scattered throughout!

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RED DRESS

To kick off New York Fashion Week, I went backstage at Lincoln Center, and fell into a sea of red gownsRedDress_1

The runway show, Go Red for Women/ The Heart Truth Red Dress Collection, was brought to life by Subway and AHA to raise awareness for heart disease among women. The Red Dress itself is the centerpiece of the organization, and the national symbol for women and heart disease awareness.

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It was an inspiring show, full of influential women cascading down the runway. Actress AnnaSophia Robb and music artist Colbie Caillat, to incredible Olympic athletes such as Sasha Cohen and Lindsey Vonn; these women graced the stage (even on crutches!) with a powerful message to women around the world.

Post in collaboration with Subway.

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OLAY

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Illustration inspired by the pearlescent glow of the Olay Regenerist Luminous Collection

Watch her come to life here.

In collaboration with Olay.

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Sketching Delpozo

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Sketches of Delpozo’s FW14 Collection at New York Fashion Week.

Watercolor, Gouache, and Swarovski Crystals.

See the time-lapse painting process here

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