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.
I sometimes stop in craft stores to wander and search for new ideas as well, which turned me on to crystals and sequins…
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
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 ;).
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!
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.
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.
With the holidays arriving sooner than we can imagine, my sketches have started to reflect accordingly!
See more pages from my sketchbook here.
2014 Calendars will available in my shop very soon! Can’t wait to share more.
See 2013 all over again, here.
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.
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.
My eBay Collections were curated as part of my collaboration with eBay. #FollowItFindIt
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.
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
#TheNextStep to spend more time traveling the world. – Jenni Radosevich
So tell me, what’s #TheNextStep in your life?
This post is in collaborations with UGG Australia.
Music | “Children Arrive” from the Finding Neverland Soundtrack (my all time favorite!)
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 Gruau, Christian 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.
Continuing experiments with sequins and gouache. Illustration of Red Valentino’s Cammeo Sequin Bow Bag. See her process video here.
Some time ago, I was introduced to an incredible artist by the name of Andy Espinoza. He works mainly with oils and charcoal, and creates breathtaking portraits and nudes. His romantic hand beautifully captures emotion within his portraiture… which take his work to another level. It’s incredible when you look into the eyes of a drawing and feel something beyond the two dimensional world before you.
Andy and I spoke about collaborating over the summer and we’ve finally made it happen. He sent me one of his charcoal portraits, which I then painted over with gouache. I’m usually not that intimidated to start a painting, but with a fear of ruining his work… this one made me nervous! I think the result is so special though… two different artists, minds, thoughts, mediums, processes, together on one page.
Her eyes tell it all.
Portrait by Andy Espinoza (Charcoal) | Mask, Earrings, Lips, and Cheeks by Katie Rodgers (Gouache and sequins)
Since moving to New York City a month ago, I’ve been slowly discovering the gems that my Upper East Side neighborhood has to offer. Between Sarabeth’s, Le Paris Bistrot, and Tiny Dollhouse (!!!), I’m sure there are countless other places I’ve yet to find. I believe you can be inspired by wherever you happen to be, but New York definitely takes things to the next level.
While waiting for a table at Sarabeth’s, we wondered across the street to take a peek at Collette. I was swooning over fashions left and right… and as soon as I laid my eyes on these Louboutin Anemones I was head over heels (pun intended of course) in love!
Fine Art Prints available here.