Tavi




Heres a little drawing I just finished of Tavi Gevinson; the now 15 year old fashion blogger who exploded on the scene when she was just eleven years old.  I found this photo (below) when I first discovered her blog, the Style Rookie, a few months ago, and - as with all blogs I immediately fall in love with - I couldn't stop myself from clicking 'next post' until I reached the very first page.  The photos below are the drawing inspiration, and screen shots of the progression of the drawing.  I love how these photos display how a little eyeliner, and white highlights on her brow bones can completely alter the mood of a drawing, and make it 'complete'.  I had a lot of fun working on this project.  It was one of my first times testing out the capabilities of my new imac and photoshop CS5.  I used my Wacom drawing talet and a photoshop brush that mirrored pastels on paper.  I absolutely love the brush and the realism it created.  It was also fun discovering the differences of computer drawing and working on actual paper.  I found myself habitually wiping my hand in between drawing strokes to get pastel residue off the side of my hand, but the great thing about drawing on the computer is you never get messy! Or have the opportunity to smudge your paper!  Drawing on the computer is often so much more fun then paper drawing because in someways its easier.  Not in the sense that it's easier to draw, but in the sense that there is an undue button and you have so much control over what your doing.  You can easily make her blush lighter or darker by changing the opacity, or brighten the colors of the entire piece; a task that would make you nearly have to start from scratch in real life drawing.  However, even though I love the ease of computer art, the current piece I'm working on is on, no 'undo', no 'backspace', no 'delete layer' or 'increase saturation', normal -- paper.  Your entirely accountable, you know every stroke you make and every drop of paint, is permanent.  And in some ways that makes it so much better, and when you look at your finished piece, you know you used no more then the materials that the masters of art have been using for hundreds of years, and if it still looks good, you know your true worth as an artist.  Anyways! Enjoy these shots and click on the images to enlarge, that way you can see the dozens of colors I put into the piece, and the subtle movement of each stroke - Enjoy!            


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Pretty in Pink




Following my previous bridal post,
I thought I'd share a few photos of my beautiful sister and her fiance!
I did this mini photo shoot of them before they ran off to a formal benefit 

The dress is Betsey Johnson (borrowed from me, I still haven't had a chance to wear it yet!)
and I put a hot pink flower from our garden in her hair just before she left

I love the story told in the shots,
-the kiss, the realization that they just did that  kiss in front of our parents, and then the,
oh well, for the sake of photography, part two!
...rightttt

Enjoy the shots, and I'll post a shot of her gorgeous  Tiffany's engagement ring soon!


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Hurricane





"I wanted so badly to lie down next to her... Just sleep together, in the most innocent sense of the phrase ...  But I lacked the courage and ... I was hopelessly boring and she was endlessly fascinating, So I walked back to my room thinking that if people were rain, 
I was drizzle
she was a hurricane"



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Cinco de Drinco



Happy Cinco de Mayo everyone!  I thought I'd celebrate by posting a painting I did recently of a baby Patron bottle.  When I saw this bottle in the market it was just too adorable to resist, I had to get it (and a few more mini tequila bottles!).  But this bottle was my absolute favorite, I loved the old world looking cork, the shape of the glass, and the silver metallic label.  Being an avid Alice in Wonderland fan, I had the idea to modernize the 'drink me' bottle Alice finds at the bottom of the well and I made a matching 'drink me' for my baby patron bottle.   The painting is oil on canvas and the original is roughly 11 x 14 inches.  It was my first attempt at a photo realistic style, and I based the imagery on a photo I took at my school photography studio.  The orignal photo is fantastic as well, but I love the fantasy, vintage flare the painting has.  Prints are available upon request, and tell me what you think!       




"The two best things in life are FRIENDS and TEQUILA, and the best memories usually involve both"




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Origami


Below is the amazing colaboration between artist/print maker,Amrei Hofst√§tter, and fashion designer, Manish Arora. Hofst√§tter designed the stunning, colorful prints and Arora morphed them into fashion art pieces.  This innovative collection just graced the Paris Fall/Winter 2011/2012 fashion week. I just stumbled upon it via behance.com, a fantastic site for everything from fashion to djing. Arora designs for a woman who is "part gypsy and part new age style icon", and who doesn't want to fit into that category!  Arora's strength is his use of elaborate hand embroidering and embelishments.  I know these pieces look even more fantastic in person, as witnessed by the beautiful close up shots below.  I've also added a video of the fashion show, which you MUST check out, if not just the opening act.  I won't give it away but Arora deffinetly knows an EPIC way to start a show, and set the excitement for the stage.  Enjoy! Hope everyones having a great weekend!


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Photo credit: behance network



Witchcraft: The Second



This shot was taken on the same day as the previous post, and was inspired by similar influences: dark films, art and photography. With this shot I also blended my new digital art skills with photography; layering pastels and paint strokes on top of the photo. The sky was originally a stark white; created from the glare of the foggy day. However, I added tan and grey hues to mirror the eerie imagery. I also painted blue into the sky to contrast the gold tones of the shot. I loved the smokey effect my painting had upon the sky, and continued the look by adding chalky, light grey smoke by my mouth; as if I was breathing it out. I also used a wet media brush to add paint stokes jetting out from my fingers, like scratch marks. I find the overall effect of the work positively haunting. I think the blending of photography and art created a great deal of depth in the piece; allowing the viewer to experience layers of imagery that a single unedited photo could not provide. I'm very excited to explore this art style further. Enjoy the shot! A few more from the series yet to come :)


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Rachel Lynne








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The Dark Angel


This is the first photo from a series of photos I took with my friend Kathleen. The shoot was inspired by the dark films and art I've been seeing lately. This shot in particular was heavily inspired by Darren Aronofsy's new film, Black Swan and Tumblr blogs I've newly discovered. However, each photo really took on a life of its own in the editing process. As I edited the shots, my whirlwind of inspirations solidified, and each image evolved into a snapshot of it's own story. I've recently learned how to create art on the computer and I infused my new traditional/digital skills into the photographs; layering each image with pastels, charcoal lines, and paint strokes. I love the way the different mediums fused together and I think it created depth in the images. I edited and modeled in the images, and Kathleen was the photographer. This picture was taken in the woods surrounding a very old -potentially haunted- inn by my house. We didn't show the inn in any of the shots, but I think we were still inspired by it's presence and history during the photo shoot. I wore a vintage, mesh sweater with just a tan leotard underneath; despite the icy winter weather. Hope you like this first image! I definitely had fun putting together these photos. Enjoy, and feel free to re-blog! More to come :)


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