Luckily, Boston didn’t get get too hard by Hurricane Sandy… but the rest of the east coast wasn’t quite as fortunate. Hope everyone is safe and well!
Throughout the past year, I had the privilege of working on The Journals of Mama Mae & Lee Lee app with Alicia Keys and her incredibly inspiring and talented team! I’m so thrilled to finally share it with you! (be sure to watch the video below!)
Here’s a little behind the scenes of how it was created…
The team began by creating the imaginative stories of Mama Mae & Lee Lee…The story of a young girl and her relationship with her grandmother, which Alicia builds on in the video. After the stories were finished, they asked me to bring them to life! I illustrated each character, and characters within scenes to get an idea of how this world could look and feel visually. Once those were finalized, the team at BentoBox transformed the illustrations and stories into whimsical animations for the app… That right there is creative teamwork, my friends!
Beyond the visualizations, this app is so special. The stories are incredibly meaningful, and Alicia’s music is integrated in such a beautiful way… see the theme song video here.
You can see a few of my concept sketches here, then brought to life in the video below…
Original character sketch for Mama Mae.
Original character sketch for Lee Lee.
Original character sketch for Abey… from pencil to color.
Final character visuals.
Scene concept for Blue Moon.
Scene concept for Blue Moon in color.
I started working on this project back when I was still working my day job at Reebok, and about to move to Barcelona. Looking back, I have no clue how I managed to stay sane juggling all of those things at once… but I’m so glad I did. In some ways, this is the project that opened my eyes to what I could be doing as a career. It gave me the extra push I needed to quit my job, and go out on my own… and I’m eternally grateful to them for that!
I hope you guys love it as much as I do…and you just might spot a few of my original illustrations within the app itself! Download here.
Many thanks to DJ, Jessica, and Alicia for such an incredible experience!
There’s nothing more glamorous than a romantically dressed woman stepping out of classy ride…
I recently had the pleasure of visiting the motor city of Detroit with Buick. They asked me to create a pinboard of how I envisioned the interior of their new Encore to look- so of course I obliged. I immediately imagined a luxurious mix of black, white, red, metallic and shimmer…an almost over the top interior, but still quite elegant and classic. Something you’d take to a fancy event in the fall. Head over to my board to see what mood I came up with… and if you like it, hit the like button and let them know! If my board moves forward, Buick may just bring my vision to life at the NYC Auto Show in 2013! Wouldn’t that be a dream…!
Post sponsored by Buick.
Imagination sparks at the most random moments, doesn’t it? I was grabbing a coffee at Darwin’s yesterday, and on my walk home I saw a woman standing in the doorway of a garden… and I instantly imagined her standing there in a ballgown…which led to a whole story of course!
A little girl searching for a world where people dress only in their finest… a most stylish world if you will… she stumbles upon a Secret Garden esk doorway framed with colorful florals… and when she peeks inside, she finds a magically stylish world. For a moment she slips away from the mundane world of tshirts and jeans… and into her dream world of dress up.
That’s my brief summary of the story…
I kind of like the unfinished version too…
It seems I’ve got a thing for red lately!
Wouldn’t this make a romantic party invite?
When you open a box of new heels…
and wouldn’t it be grand to open a pair of these!?
I’ve had the absolute worst cabin fever lately…! Working from home has it’s highs and lows… and right now is definitely a low. It’s one of those months that feels completely unproductive and uninspired. Even the days I think I’m semi productive, the illustrations just don’t turn out right for what I need at the moment. My mind is going in a million different directions!
Thank goodness it’s fall. Gives me the perfect excuse to get away from the computer and go on a walk (there are only so many non freezing days left this year)! Sometimes getting out and away from my work is the only way to get things focused and rolling again.
Everyone has these
days weeks right?
Illustration a work in progress…
I love subtle looks with slight quirks… like star print pants!
I might be biased, but it’s so cool to watch other artists interacting with their subjects. I used to spend my summers studying art and music in this middle of nowhere woodsy place in Michigan… a little world full of talented artists, musicians, dancers, and actors. Just walking around the (almost make-believe) campus, watching artists sketching dancers, who were dancing to the compositions performed by the musicians… it was art on art on art!
When you see someone sketching another person, it’s so interesting to watch their vision of that person come to life. As an artist myself, I find it interesting where other artists begin a drawing… the face? the shoulders? the waist? Everyone sees things differently.
During one of my summers there, I remember watching a blind guy do a portrait… simply by feeling the subject’s face with his hands. Fascinating! Especially since the drawing actually resembled the person sitting in front of him. Pretty incredible…
Anyway, this painting got me thinking about all of that. Observing artist’s interactions with their subjects… and how they bring them to life.
I created an ombré effect on the dress using mint green and white glitter… I also used swarovski crystals on her earring.
Happy weekend friends!
It’s the best feeling when I see something and it instantly sparks new ideas. It’s seeing the right thing at the right time. I was watching the Dior runway show, and saw this dress walk out, I thought WOW, that would make a gorgeous illustration with a tulle overlay… so I bought some and started playing around…
I love the contrast between the fabric and the sketch…
I made a tulle skirt with a bow to attach to a quick line sketch… it adds so much interest!
I also lined the bottom edge of the skirt with glitter… of course!
I can’t wait to experiment further. Sometimes you just need that new spark to your work, and I think I’ve found it for the moment!
Lately I’ve been experimenting with new mediums… and this time I chose Swarvoski Crystals. Frankly, I think they are the elevated form of glitter…don’t you think? I love how different lighting catches different colors…
After watching the live stream of Dior’s latest show, I fell in love with this look. A classic silhouette… black fitted top, and a full iridescent printed skirt. The look is simple, and the crystals add that extra something to the piece.
I also used an iridescent acrylic over the skirt, to recreate the actual look of the fabric, which is easier to see in the photos below (like here).
Stay tuned… tomorrow I’ll share part two of my experimental phase!
Each year my style changes slightly… and the older I get, the more I fall towards that classic feminine look.
You know, this sort of look. That soft wavy hair…It’s the most romantic look in the book!
The colder the weather gets, the more I crave those soft waves in my hair. It’s been pinned up most of the summer to keep cool… and now I’m ready to let it down! Like I said last time, I never quite figured out how to do the natural wavy look that I was born with… but Paul Mitchell has been helping me learn. Ultimate Wave is my latest favorite. It creates the BEST waves… almost in a beachy way (which I love!). I introduced you to these products before, and now they are finally out in stores!
What’s your #curlconfession?
Post in partnership with Paul Mitchell.