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

Change the bag a bit… and voilá!RSG_5RSG_6

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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A YEAR OF GOWNS

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Now available for purchase!

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New poster print also available, Dreaming in Gowns.

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MASKED

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See the video behind her creation here

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MYSTERIOUS DANCER

Last night, I saw the whisper of a ballerina dancing at my door…

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She dances to my brother’s music

Remember when she was dancing on my sketchbook?

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IN THE SKETCHBOOK

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FRAMED AND MATTED GIVEAWAY / NOW CLOSED

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Framing artwork, especially your own, is no easy task! There are an infinite amount of choices, the prices are usually outrageous, and it can take a good amount of time before your final piece is ready. I decided to give Framed & Matted a shot, and I was beyond impressed!

I ordered the free frame and mat samples on their site, and as soon as they arrived, I knew exactly what I wanted. I love when you’re presented a handful of quality choices (having too many choices make decisions ten times more difficult). You build your frame around your artwork dimensions online, and voilá! It only took about a week and a half for the frame to arrive. I set the artwork inside the frame (super easy), but you also have the option to mail in your piece for them to place inside the frame for you.

My framed piece turned out beautifully.

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This week I’m giving away a limited edition print to one reader, which Framed & Matted will have framed in the frame of your choice. Head over to instagram to find out how to win!

*Must enter by Friday, January 31st*

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Winter Fur

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