An Illustrated History


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Unfinished Business

girl in progress edited insta

Something I started this weekend, glammed up a bit with Instagram. (Not quite sure where it’ll end up, so stay tuned to find out.) Hipster-girl reference material courtesy of an old, hoarded Urban Outfitters catalog.

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Yes To…

(a pop of red, and a tiny plane; self-portrait!; a back-lit leaf; more bare branches)

…enjoying blue skies and luscious light (even if it slows down my usually rigorous walking pace). My neighborhood was so pretty and golden yesterday afternoon. The trees are becoming more and more bare, and I’m getting more creative about layering my work-out gear.

I also spent some time with my sketchbook last night, and came up with this optimistic little spread:

(photo cropped and enhanced with some Instagram magic– love how the paper’s texture becomes so apparent)

(scanned version with crisp lines and truer colors)

When it comes to translating my hand-drawn art into a digital format, I love having options; my scanner provides the most faithful images (that is, if I wrestle my bulging/wrinkly sketchbook into the right position), but I’ve found that I also like taking photos with my iPhone. The photos definitely add some personality, and document my drawings’ tactile qualities. You get more of a sense of the materials– the toothiness of my sketchbook’s pages, the crinkles that occur with collages and wet media– and can see traces of the process of making.

The inspiration for this image came from a model’s pose in a J Crew catalog (Fall 2008!) that I’ve hoarded. The silhouette/cut of the clothes is pulled from that photograph, but the color/design elements are from my own imagination. 🙂


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Admiration, Illustrated: Creatures of the Wind

Inspired by this spread in Vogue‘s November 2012 issue, I decided to record my adoration of this Creatures of the Wind ensemble (also pictured here). I did some tinkering around, color-wise, but the idea is there– a full skirt embellished with Swarovski elements, that sleek vest, and those cheeky oxfords…

Can’t you just imagine those shoes with a pair of slouchy, rolled-up jeans and a quirky little sweater like this J Crew treasure? Sigh.