TINY DANCER

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A quick sketch brought to life.

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Far, Far Away Illustrated

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When I was at the shoot for this editorial, I couldn’t help but imagine how the model seemed to be an illustration brought to life. Between the hair, makeup, and styling, it was the epitome of style that I like to recreate in illustrated form. She embodied the perfect essence of vintage meets modern. Of course this time around, I’m working backwards… and taking her from real life to watercolor. See detail shots of this illustration here.

Model is wearing H+M hat, Carven top, Saunder dress, Chris Benz pants, Bass Loves Rachel Antonoff shoes

Don’t forget you can enter to win a trip to your dream destination here.

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THE POWER OF A ROSE

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It’s incredible how much power a single red rose embodies. Then again, if you look at a rose closely you can see the power within it’s seemingly never ending layers of velvety petals. It’s true, lately I’m completely flower obsessed… but how could I not be?! Flowers are really one of the great wonders of the world!

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One of my memories as a kid is walking down Berry Road (named for it’s never ending berry bushes!), where I grew up in Georgia, and seeing wild pink roses everywhere. I can’t imagine having grown up in an urban area. There were always so many quiet days in the South… days to just wander through fields, watch the neighbors horses, or just lay in the sun with my dogs. A simple life. A life where flowers were part of the everyday, especially the butterfly bushes.

Working on this pattern got me yearning to design wallpaper…

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SLEEPING BEAUTY

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Two versions of a deleted scene from the Far Far Away editorial in Genlux Magazine. Which is your favorite?

Pick up a copy of the magazine in print at any Barnes & Noble!

Photography Daniel Castro / Styling Kelly Framel / Makeup Misha Shahzada /Hair Joseph Dimaggio / Set Stylist Stockton Hall / Illustration Katie Rodgers

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Lets Get Lost

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Traveling is one of my favorite ways to get inspired. The world can seem so small in our digital age, but it opens your eyes up a little bit wider when you get out and see it for yourself. I love the moment when you step off the plane into a new place and even the air feels different…

This month I’ve teamed up with UGG Australia to give you the opportunity to explore your very own dream destination! I’ve created a pinterest board over here… so follow along and create your own board about the vacation of your dreams. Follow these rules and you’ll be entered for a chance to win the grand prize trip to the destination of your choice! Must enter by April 26, 2013.

Good Luck my friends!

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COCO

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“Fashion is not something that exists in dresses only. Fashion is in the sky, in the street, fashion has to do with ideas, the way we live, what is happening.”

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GOLDEN Ranunculus

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Continuing with the Spring theme, I stopped by the Brattle Square Florist searching for inspiration for a new piece. Flowers always seem to open up my creative mind! While I was there, I decided it would be fun to try and incorporate live flowers into my paintings…
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I’m in love with the idea of combining the two… even if they are temporary works of art! For this piece, I painted the girl and then cut holes in the drawing to slip the stems of the Ranunculus into her hair… (there are small stems sticking out of the back tied in place). Then I dusted the flowers with gold powder to tie them in with the gold dust painted on her hair.

If only these could last forever…

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Spring At Last

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The thing I love most about living in New England is that the season changes never seem to get old. No matter how many times winter melts into to spring, we never fail to appreciate it all over again!

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NEW ICONS OF FASHION ILLUSTRATION

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If you missed out on the last Laurence King Publishing giveaway, here’s your chance to win another favorite of mine! Their latest, New Icons of Fashion Illustration, serves up some of the best fashion illustrators from around the world… page after page of eye candy!

To Win

Post a picture on instagram of any art that inspires you. Use the tag #PFgiveaway. I’ll be picking my favorite as the winner.

Double entry if you follow us and tweet the following:

I just entered to win New Icons of Fashion Illustration from @paperfashion & @laurencekingpub http://bit.ly/17mAdWz!

If your account is private we won’t be able to see your picture post… so I won’t be able to pick your entry (sorry!). The winner will be notified via Instagram Friday, April 12th. Contest open to US & International residents.

Good luck!

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FAR FAR AWAY

Being an illustrator, it isn’t everyday that you are involved in a fashion editorial shoot… so this was something new for me. It flooded my mind with ideas! One of my favorite projects to date… bringing fashion photography together with an illustrated world. Not to mention the inspiring team that brought this all together. It’s a magical thing when a group of people come together and just get it!

 Join us on an illustrated adventure in this month’s Genlux Magazine

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Photography Daniel Castro / Styling Kelly Framel / Makeup Misha Shahzada / Hair Joseph Dimaggio / Set Stylist Stockton Hall / Illustration Katie Rodgers

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GENLUX PROCESS

Throughout the past few weeks I’ve been working on a project for Genlux Magazine’s April issue! Daniel Castro and I teamed up to create a spring editorial story combining his fashion photography with my illustrations… a fantastical world that I’ll share with you tomorrow.

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Here’s a look at some of my process illustrations from the collaboration. It’s amazing to look back and see how much things change from start to finish…

I started out with some rough story boards of our initial concept… it’s not hard for me to get my imagination to run wild with a world full of hot air balloons!

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Then the world started to come to life with color…

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Just wait until you see the styling magic that Kelly created…

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There may have been a furry friend involved too…

Check back tomorrow morning to see the editorial take shape… Or take a look at Genlux magazine’s April issue, out in print tomorrow!

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SPRING CHANEL

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What’s more classic than the Chanel Classic Flap Bag? You may have spotted a Chanel quilt in my previous post too.

What’s your dream bag?

It’s finally Spring in Boston (at least we hope), and I can’t wait to get back outside again! Sailing season is back, and you can expect to see some related illustrations soon…

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GRACE

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My spin on an ever inspiring Grace Coddington.

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In Flight

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Dancing in her sleep

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Seeing the Boston Ballet perform is something that refreshes and inspires me each time I attend. I love how classic it feels… you can easily imagine being there years and years ago, and it looking exactly the same. Like I’ve mentioned many times before, the Boston Opera House is absolutely breathtaking (just check out that ceiling!)… it brings a night at the ballet to a whole new level.  SleepingBeauty_Small

This Friday I’m attending opening night of Sleeping Beauty. When it comes to ballet, I live for the classics. To me, the dancers and what they’re wearing are equally important. Lucky for me, Sleeping Beauty has some incredible costumes.

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