SOUNDS OF SHADOW DANCERS

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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.” – Plato

It’s no secret that I’m largely inspired by music. Having grown up in a house full of musical instruments and the sounds of my brother composing, it’s naturally part of my life. I spend hours upon hours rummaging through Spotify in search of soundtracks to inspire. Honestly, having the perfect painting soundtrack is as important to me as having the actual supplies to paint! I love getting lost in the music; music that subtly tells my paintbrush a story.

Over the past year, I’ve been curating a playlist that inspires my beloved shadow dancers. Each and every one of these songs sings shadow dancers from my imagination, through my paintbrush and onto my paper. It’s one of those unspoken phenomenons, something you can’t quite put into words. The notes that radiate from my speakers speak some sort of magic…

Can you hear them dancing?

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TEXTURE PLAY | GAP STYLD.BY

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Flattered to be featured in Gap’s Styld.by campaign. See my previous features here & here.

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Photos by Emma Jane Kepley.

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IN THE SKETCHBOOK

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Sketching thoughts of catching stars… more to come.

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IN THE SKETCHBOOK

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Sketch inspired by Simone Rocha. See her come to life here.

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The Scent of Sì

Scents are full of such beauty. They can transport you to special moments in your life, remind you of someone dear, and they can illuminate your presence when you walk into a room. The power of fragrance fascinates me!

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Whenever I’m sketching around the idea of a scent, I spritz some around my workspace and try to encapsulate that scent within my artwork. Capturing elegance, strength, and femininity with each brushstroke. Just as Armani  portrays through its scent…

In collaboration with Giorgio Armani Beauty. #SaySì

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ART IN PLAID

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Painting through fall in a warm red flannel, one of my staples.

Check out my latest feature in Gap’s Styld.by!

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Post in collaboration with Gap Styld.by. Photo by Emma Jane Kepley.

 

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COLOR STORIES WITH GEMVARA

    I recently spent the day with bespoke fine jeweler, Gemvara. I invited them into my home, and along to experience my favorite Manhattan haunts. From the Upper East Side and Central Park, to one of my favorite places to pick out embellishments for my artwork.

 Of course they brought along some of their sparkling gems, and I went to town with them! I created a custom fashion illustration overflowing with precious gems; in a similar fashion to their process.

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Gemvara creates each and every piece to order so the jewelry is unique, special, and all your own. I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent building my custom dream jewels on their site… I’m especially obsessed with their D’Orsay Collection! Here’s a statement ring I customized for myself. The green amethyst is stunning in person.

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We spent quite a lot of time talking about color, and how I’m inspired by it endlessly. Color has always been a huge influence in my work, ever since a teacher struck a chord with his explanation of color; He told me to look beyond the surface color. To look and see if I could pick out any other colors within that main hue. Seeing blue in red, seeing greens in someone’s skin tone, seeing orange within grey.

That idea has always stuck with me, which perhaps is one of the reasons I find gems to be so beautiful. I love the way a gem, like the green amethyst, can have hints of other colors within it… or look completely different in various lighting, or against different clothing colors. It’s fascinating! The green amethyst has a calmness to its light appearance that is soothing to the eye. The idea of birthstones is also fascinating to me. I believe that our birthdate has a significant impact on our personalities, so it’s fun to think of a stone capturing that within a color.

Beyond color, I love that gems are from the earth. If you follow me here, you probably know how much I love being connected to nature. It’s wonderful to look down at my hand and see a sparkling piece of the earth.

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Having a story behind my jewelry has always been important to me, so creating my own custom Gemvara pieces makes my jewels that much more special. They are pieces I will cherish for my entire life! #LiveInColor

Take a look at my Gemvara collection!

Post in collaboration with Gemvara.

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GAP STYLD.BY

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Fall is here, at last! Like I told you in my previous post, with each new fall I feel like I have an entirely new and fresh start. My birthday falls in the month of September, and ever since I was a kid it has continued to feel like a refreshing month in my life. A time to reflect on the past year, a time to make new goals, changing seasons, and (of course) reviving my fall wardrobe.

Painting the town in my Drop Shoulder Coat!

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In collaboration with Gap, Styld.by.

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#PinPoinTED

If there’s anyone who’s excited about the upcoming fall season, it’s me. This summer has been wonderful (I’m currently ending the summer by traveling on an #AdventureInSeptember), but fall is, above all, my absolute favorite. Between the pumpkin infused everything, the cool air, and finally being able to layer, I consider it a fresh new beginning as it comes around each year.

I’ve teamed up with Ted Baker to pull together my favorite AW14 looks from their new collection (which is sparkly and fun!). Follow my #PinPoinTED board here, and create your own look on a pinterest board for a chance to win an $800 shopping spree!

Enter to win, here.

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Skillshare III

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Just in time for New York fashion week, I’ve launched a new online class at Skillshare, PaperFashion: Telling a Story Through Fashion Illustration!
As my follow up to Basic Watercolors: Painting with PaperFashion and Illustrate Your Favorite Runway Looks with Watercolors, I will lead you through the process of illustrating fashion figures within a scene. The class includes short video lessons (total 45 minutes) and a project that challenges my students to paint and share their own whimsical fashion scene inspired by a fashion week dress of their choice.
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I’m blown away the more than 3,500 people have taken my first two classes… and it’s incredibly inspiring to watch your projects grow and progress throughout the class. I’m so proud of the fashion illustration community that’s been created within Skillshare!
When you take the class, be sure to tag your projects on social media with #PaperFashionClass – I love to scroll through them an comment!
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Creative Process

“Make an empty space in any corner of your mind, and creativity will instantly fill it.”

Dee Hock

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AMEX FASHION IN THE CITY

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New York Fashion Week has begun!

In collaboration with American Express, a strong supporter of the fashion industry, I’ve created a series of fashion sketches of some exceptionally stylish New Yorkers.

Meet Helena (above), and see the rest of the sketches here#amexfashion

Sponsored by American Express.
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Thoughts at Her Vanity

Watch her come to life, here.

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TINY’S

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A Tiny pink place on the island of Manhattan!

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#LOrealParisLive

A visual roundup of a night spent with L’Oreal Paris illustrating The Art of the Red Carpet. Thanks for following along last night! Stay tuned here to see some upcoming gifs  (!!!) of the creation process…

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