color me captivating

Inspired by…

A Blogger user since July of 2007, Ireland-based Kat of She’s in Vogue has served as a beacon of inspiration for me since I discovered her site this past month. With signature curly locks and a vintage appeal, her personal style is ladylike but experimental.  Though heavily laden with photos, her blog is filled to the brim with compelling content.  Kat has an intelligent voice and is culturally knowledgeable, drawing a connection between contemporary fashions, film, and art history.

Her own watercolor portraits are fluid and filled with character, showcasing her talent as an artist.  Her use of color, composition, line quality, and movement are all particularly fascinating to someone who is obsessed with fashion illustration.  These paintings are visible in Kat’s outfit posts; behind her, faces cover the walls and peer out into the lens alluringly.  She rarely blogs about her artwork, but I wouldn’t mind a whole website devoted solely to her masterpieces.  Kat’s portrayals of Jessica Stam, Audrey Hepburn, Sasha Pivovarova, Isabella Blow, and other renowned fashion figures motivate me to draw (and potentially paint, though I have little experience with painting) and try my hand at assorted mediums.

My drawing of Jana Knauerova was achieved with Prismacolor Premier markers, Tombow brush pens, and Portfolio Series oil pastels in a recycled hardcover Utrecht sketchbook.  I’m currently obsessed with the oatmeal-colored paper since you can use white in your design, which is an unexpected element when we’re all used to seeing white as a backdrop.

(Jessica Stam and Isabella Blow illustration photos, via She’s in Vogue)

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life etc.

keep calm and carry on

I leave for the Big Island of Hawai’i tomorrow, and in the midst of packing I thought that I’d share a few of my carry on essentials.  Though I usually bring my purse and a carry on, it’s always so much easier to just bring one big tote bag and stuff everything you can into it.  Other than the obvious purse contents (phone, wallet, keys) here are my “bring it on the plane” basics.

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ferry princess

A few weeks ago, I took a trip to the San Francisco Ferry Building with my Fashion Illustration 2 class for a little inspiration/assignment. With only a handful of markers and my sketchbook, I searched the building high and low for objects and vignettes to depict. The fates were on my side that day; I feel good about each drawing, with very few shoulda coulda wouldas (or any blatant and harsh self-criticism). Pens are my medium of choice, though I still have much to learn and honestly would rather master watercolor. However, my use of a brush is startlingly obscene and reminiscent of a 3-year-old’s finger paintings, so I think I’ll stick to Prismacolors and Tombows for the time being.  Here are the drawings from the outing… (Just a note, the pig-flower-zebra drawing was a collaboration with my friend Jess! She drew the flowers, and I drew/colored the rest!)



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