Over the past few weeks I’ve had a drawn out battle with a friend called painter’s block (which always turns out to be a great thing, fortunately). It forces me to stop, reset, and find new ways to be inspired.
I moved to New York during it’s finest autumn days, which quickly turned into what seemed like a never ending winter wonderland. At last, those days are over, and the sun has finally pierced through the constant blanket of winter clouds. I’ve even managed to get my first lopsided bit of sunburn…
With the newly blossoming trees and colorful florals everywhere I look (both online and off), I’ve been inspired to get out and explore the incredible island of Manhattan.
Lucky for me, on just about every single excursion I have witnessed some beautiful moments in New York. Between the piano man in Union Square, giant flower arrangements being rolled around the stark contrast of a concrete jungle, and my new favorite spot, the storybook-like scenery (Alice in Wonderland statue included) of the Central Park Sailing Pond (which I’ve found myself at 4 times in the past 5 days).
Sketch of the Alice in Wonderland statue in Central Park.
These moments are what makes living in New York so special. It’s quite the opposite of where I grew up, but equally as wonderful. I’ve consequentially devoted an entire sketchbook to documenting these everyday sights and moments in New York…
Toy sailboats at the Central Park Sailing Pond.
Piano Around in Union Square.
Central Park fishermen.
A glimpse of New York fashion created for Coach. Part of their Metropolitan Art campaign.
Process from a recent illustration I did of Eva Chen’s classic cab pose for Ray Ban.
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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.
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.
Watch the making of video here.
Wishing you a day full of luck!
Sketches of Marchesa Fall 2014 Gowns.
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…
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.
Miss Piggy getting ready for showtime!
Showtime with Kermit and Miss Piggy
Miss Piggy and her Subway sandwich
Post in collaboration with Subway. #PileOnTheVeggies
Elie Saab gown worn by Pink during her Wizard of Oz 75th anniversary tribute to Judy Garland at The Oscars.
“No matter where you’re from, your dreams are valid.” – Lupita Nyong’o
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.
It all began with a simple study; a quick exploration of lipsticks in watercolor.
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.
I couldn’t be more thrilled to bring my watercolors off the paper and onto this beautiful collection- available for preorder now!
Oscar de la Renta Fall 2014 looks illustrated in gouache.