A HOLIDAY GIFT TO YOU

No matter how the times change, books will never go out of fashion in my world. I’m an avid collector of books pertaining to art and fashion; forming heavy, knowledge filled stacks all over my apartment.

As a thank you to the many of you who constantly inspire me, I want to gift some of my favorite titles to you over the next few weeks. This week I’m giving away Fashion A to Z: An Illustrated Dictionary from Laurence King Publishing.

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Enter to Win

Leave a comment letting me know something about fashion that inspires you. Be sure to leave your email so I can get in touch with you if you’re chosen.  The winner will be contacted on Monday, December 2nd.

*Sorry, US Residents only.*
 

I’ll be giving a few more books away via twitter, instagram, and facebook over the next two weeks- so follow along to find out how to win!

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TINY DANCER

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Much like my previous paintings within puddles of paint, I took the fantasy one step further to create ballerinas within the two tones of paint. There’s something beautiful about working in such a simple form…Watch her come to life below.

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Beautifully Organized

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One of the most important parts of what I do is keeping myself organized. Handling every aspect of business can be daunting if I’m disorganized… from deadlines, meetings, personal projects, keeping track of expenses and taxes… it makes my head spin just thinking about it! Which is why I rely heavily on a handy notebook and pen (as well as iCal) to stay on top of things.

While my Moleskine is ideal for quick dates and notes on the go, I like to have something a bit larger to keep track of projects in detail. I am in love with the Arc notebook system since it’s so customizable… and who doesn’t want their day to day tasks encased in black quilted patent leather? (It would look wonderful with a matching Chanel!)

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I’m home for Thanksgiving week in Georgia, so I happily settled myself in for some work at my dad’s vintage roll top desk.

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SEARCHING FOR SUPPLIES

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Shopping for art supplies can easily be just as inspiring as a day spent at a the MET. I could spend hours sifting through an art shop! There’s always something new to be discovered, which in turn, inspires new ideas.

Many years ago, I discovered a beautiful set of glitter… and of course, I knew I needed to incorporate it into my work. Since then, it’s been happily sprinkled over my paintings.

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I sometimes stop in craft stores to wander and search for new ideas as well, which turned me on to crystals and sequins

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You can usually only find a few crystal options in store, so I’ve turned to the web to purchase my supply. Ebay is a treasure trove for all of my favorite art supplies!

Between glitter, crystals, gold foil, and glues, I’ve created a go to list of supplies I love that you can follow here and here.

Wishing you a creative weekend!

These items were curated as part of my collaboration with Ebay. #FollowItFindIt
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NYDJ x Paper Fashion

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I recently teamed up with NYDJ (huge fan of their denim) to create a unique denim inspired illustration for these adorable wristlet beauty bags.

It’s always wonderful to see how artwork translates to product… and these will be perfect to stow my makeup in during upcoming holiday travel ;).

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Receive a Limited Edition Paper Fashion cosmetic bag with orders of $150 or more w/ code PFNYDJ at checkout on www.NYDJ.com. Supplies are limited!

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SHADOW PLAY

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If you follow me on instagram, you are well aware that I have an obsession with shadows and shadow puppets. There’s something so wonderful about the simplistic silhouettes cast onto the wall, taking on a life of their own with the right amount of imagination. It’s little things like these that inspired me as a child. I remember spending hours with my hand shadow puppet book, trying to get every figure just right.

I built a few shadow puppet ladies (which I’ll show you later on) and they took on a life of their own against the natural morning light.

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IN THE SKETCHBOOK

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Often times my final paintings, like the ones in the photo below, come from many hours of sketching. Working in my sketchbook is one of the best parts of what I do… so I make sure to carve some time out every week to spend unloading loose ideas onto paper.

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With the holidays arriving sooner than we can imagine, my sketches have started to reflect accordingly!

See more pages from my sketchbook here.

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COMING SOON

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2014 Calendars will available in my shop very soon! Can’t wait to share more.

See 2013 all over again, here.

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PROPS

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When I’m creating a new piece I impulsively turn to the web to search for inspiration. It’s an efficient way to explore the world for new ideas… and often leads me to things I may never have come across if I were exploring my own neighborhood.

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While the internet is lovely for triggering ideas, I’ve found it to be confining once I start working on bringing an idea to life. For instance, it’s one thing to illustrate a pair of pointe shoes by searching for images online… but to have those pointe shoes in your hand, studying every angle, feeling the satin ribbons, seeing them cast ever changing shadows throughout the day, that’s what takes inspiration to a whole new level.

Over the past few weeks I’ve been scouring Ebay for vintage items to inspire new pieces (take a peek at my findings here). Items like pointe shoes, gramophone horns, venetian masks, the list goes on and on!  I’ve purchased a few of these things to study and inspire me, and I can’t wait to share the paintings with you.

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My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
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DANCING DAY DREAMS

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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.

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ILLUSTRATION NOW! FASHION

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Honored to have my work featured alongside many great talents in Taschen’s upcoming publication of Illustration Now! Fashion by Julius Wiedemann.001-029_ILLUSTRATION_NOW_FASHION_final.indd001-029_ILLUSTRATION_NOW_FASHION_final.indd001-029_ILLUSTRATION_NOW_FASHION_final.indd001-029_ILLUSTRATION_NOW_FASHION_final.indd

Available for purchase here.

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The Next Step

In the past year I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about what my next steps in life will be. Where do I want to go? What do I want to be doing ten years from now? While I’ve always been a proponent for living life in the present and taking one thing at a time, I do think it’s important to use the present as a way to build up to a future goal.

One of my goals this year was to shift my world a bit; I wanted to step out of my comfort zone. After living in Boston for more than five years, I unknowingly became too comfortable. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to be comfortable, but for me, I wasn’t ready to feel like that. I’ve always loved the sense of adventure that change brings. Trying new things, going to new places… they change you. They change how you dress, how you live, how you work. New experiences are far and above my favorite way to find inspiration.

So I made a change; I moved to New York! It’s only been two months, but I’ve already seen the benefits. I feel alive again, and excited for all the new possibilities this city can bring. There are a million new places to explore, and new people to meet. The creative energy here is like none I’ve ever experienced. I have a feeling this adventure will be a great one…

To celebrate life’s next steps, I’ve teamed up with UGG Australia. We’ll be choosing a few of your declarations to bring to life through illustration via social media over the next few weeks. Post a declaration of your next step using the hashtag #TheNextStep via twitter, instagram, and facebook.

#TheNextStep Life is more literal than we realize. When we ask for what we want, the universe finds a way to give it to us. Taking the next step towards a balanced life. – Maegan Tintari
 

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#TheNextStep to spend more time traveling the world. – Jenni Radosevich
 
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So tell me, what’s #TheNextStep in your life?

This post is in collaborations with UGG Australia
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Sketching Thoughts

Music | “Children Arrive” from the Finding Neverland Soundtrack (my all time favorite!)

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ROSEY

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100 Years of Fashion Illustration

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One of my favorite sources for artistic inspiration, 100 Years of Fashion Illustration is a must for every fashion artist’s library. Filled with over a century of fashion history seen through the artistic visions of masters such as René GruauChristian Bérard, and Bernard Blossac.

Join me and Laurence King Publishing on instagram and share your love for fashion illustration with the hashtag #PFxLKgiveaway for a chance to win a copy of the book. I’ll be choosing a winner next Wednesday, October 16th.

Open to US residents only.
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