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…
My spin on an ever inspiring Grace Coddington.
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.
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.
These sketches are of one of my favorite costumes from the upcoming performance…
Every once in a while you come across a designer’s work that you just can’t stop thinking about. Delpozo’s latest collections have me swooning… they are perfectly feminine and oh so powerful.
These are sketches I did of their Spring 2013 collection…
This lady has to be my favorite… she’s dancing into Spring…
How ethereal is this look from their fall collection?
On another note…today is the first day of my new online illustration class. It’s not too late to sign up!
Check out the latest Anthology Magazine post written by my dear friend Joanna!
My favorite look from Valentino Fall 2013.
If you follow me on instagram, you may have noticed a few behind the scenes pics from a dream project I’m working on…
I’m dying to share more… but for now, these will have to do!
I love that day when you walk outside and feel a shift in the air; the coming of a new season. I’ve been in NYC for a few days, and I can feel Spring just around the corner…
Bring on the sock-less flat wearing, and lightweight jackets!
As you can tell from my website, my main shop is located here. However, I also sell prints and iPhone cases over at Society6. I finally found some time to update the shop with newer work. Also, I’ve finally added the Inaugural Gown illustration!
Wishing you all a wonderful weekend! Thank you to everyone who’s already signed up for my online class… I can’t wait for it to begin!
I’m super excited to finally announce my first ever online class, Illustrating Your Favorite Runway Looks.
Over the past few weeks I’ve been working with Skillshare to create easy to follow video tutorials that will give you an inside look into how I create my fashion illustrations start to finish (and add the likes of glitter, crystals, and sequins!).
Here’s a little video we made to give you an idea of what you’ll see in the class…
Check out the full description and sign up here. I’ll be directly involved in the class, and helping you as we go along beginning March 11-23. However, since this is an online class, you can get tickets at anytime… I just won’t be guiding you through it on a personal level after these dates- all the more reason to sign up now!
I’ll also be hosting 2 giveaways for the class members who participate:
1/ One student at random will receive a beautifully printed book of my illustrations and process photos from Artifact Uprising. (remember the book I made with them a while back?)
2/ The top two finished illustrations will each receive a set of three of my favorite illustration books from Laurence King Publishing:
Can’t wait to see what you guys do with your new skills!
Beauty illustration is an area I haven’t dabbled in much… so over the weekend I started a sketchbook dedicated entirely to cosmetic illustrations…
Lipstick is such a simple object, but the moment a woman paints a fresh color over her lips… it’s game on. A bright red lip gives women a power that no other cosmetic can touch.
Prints available here.
You can find the same watercolor sketchbook I use here.
Many of you ask me…
“How do you come up with your illustration? Is it purely from your imagination?”
Yes and no. Quite often, I find a trigger. That trigger is something I see that instantly floods a million ideas into my head… ideas I can clearly see. It can be something I see while on a walk outdoors, driving in the middle of nowhere, or an image I come across online. It’s hard to pinpoint exactly where inspiration begins… as it’s all around us if we look for it.
For example, last November I went to see the Nutcracker here in Boston. The Boston Opera House is a place straight out of a dream… and the show itself was absolutely mesmerizing (which I’ve told you about a million times by now!). There was just something about sitting in that theater and watching the show that struck me. It wasn’t just about what was happening on stage… it was about the audience and the entire atmosphere. It was the captivation on everyone’s faces, something you don’t often see in everyday situations. How everyone was dressed up, and how that may have looked sixty years ago. That idea stuck with me. Not long after that, I re-watched Finding Neverland, a movie I’ll never tire of… which drew upon that idea.
All of those thoughts and ideas formed this image in my mind, and that’s how she came to be. Although, finding inspiration to form an idea is only one step of the way. The process of bringing that idea to life is something that needs to be inspired as well. For me, that’s where music comes in. I’ve been surrounded by music and musicians my entire life. When I’m trying to ‘get in the zone’ to illustrate a new piece, nine times out of ten music will do the trick. It’s important for me to play the right songs for the mood of the piece and what I want to convey. It’s incredible how much more meaningful my work turns out when it has a soundtrack. For this particular piece, I listened to mostly movie soundtracks and jazz. Listening to music with words can sometimes be distracting to me… it’s almost as if my brain is focusing on the lyrics instead of what I’m working on. Although, sometimes music with words works… I’m a huge fan of Lester Young and Billie Holiday!
“Music and rhythm find their way into the secret places of the soul” – Plato
All in all, how you get inspired is very much different for everyone… what do you do to spark your imagination?
Here’s a playlist I created with some of my favorite work music.
I’ve been craving artistic exploration lately… not just with new mediums, but also with perspective. Usually I focus on the large picture, but this time I zoomed in to focus on the face.
I tried to keep things simple by focusing on the purest form of watercolor and working with positive and negative space. It creates such a strong graphic element…
It’s refreshing to try something new… don’t you think?
As you know, I’m quite the snow fanatic, so it seemed only fitting to capture the beauty of the Blizzard of 2013 in illustration form. One of my favorite (and most beautiful) areas in Boston is Copley Square. The Old South Church’s architecture is enough to make anyone ooh and ahh! I took a long and freezing walk to Boston from Harvard Square the morning after the blizzard, and oh… it’s a walk I’ll never forget! There were almost no cars in sight, and just a few scattered people (some on skis). It made for the most picturesque Boston I’ve ever seen. It was such a perfect day.
I’m sure I littered everyone’s instagram feed with more than enough snow photos… which brings me to the giveaway! I’ve taken a photography class here and there, but I’ve never really learned the in’s and out’s of the art. Capturing moments via photo is something I’m nearly as passionate about as illustrating, in fact, they go hand in hand. The same way illustration captures a moment… it’s about finding and seeing that unique moment.
This March I’m taking the Camera Ready Bootcamp here in Boston. I’m excited to learn how to use an SLR, and give my iPhone camera a rest (yes I take every single photo you see on my blog with my iPhone!). We’ll be spending the day learning the basics of the camera, shooting techniques, and editing tricks. The girls over at Camera Ready are going to giveaway a spot to their class to one of you! Check out the class description to see if it’s something you’d be interested in here.
Leave a comment telling me why you’d like to take the class, and you’re class location choice (The Boston class or the Berkshire class).
Post an instagram with the hashtag #CameraReadyBoston to show us what sort of photo subjects interest you and tag @paperfashion and @blogalacart.
For a double entry, make sure to like Camera Ready on facebook.
We’ll notify the winner via email on Monday, February 18th.