Whenever I’m watching a period piece and there’s a nightclub scene, I always love to see the singer in the background. It’s always some fabulous woman in a fabulous dress whose entire function in the scene is to sing a jazzy song and look amazing. This is a little tribute to that character type. 🙂
Have some happy little cacti to brighten your day! ❤
I’m a sucker for cute Anthropologie home goods. 🙂 I saw these vases and wanted to draw them straight away.
My wonderful parents got my sister and me some flowers for a small accomplishment we had at work a while back. This little sprig fell off the bouquet, and we put it in water at the kitchen windowsill. I knew I wanted to paint them and kept putting it off, but when I saw the yellow against the dark blue of the sky outside late one night, I couldn’t wait any longer. 🙂
Venice is one of my top places to visit one day. Trying out a different technique of painting water, and I’m pretty pleased with it.
This beautiful photo was a reference.
Another sketch from How to Marry a Millionaire, this time of one of my favorite costumes from the movie. This is from a scene where one of the main love interests has a private fashion show (in which a rather irritated Lauren Bacall is a model). This is a concept that always amazes me when I watch old movies. A whole fashion show, with models and everything, just for one person? Be still my beating heart.
Downton Abbey has been the cure to my winter doldrums for many a year, and I’m really loving the 1920s fashions from the last few seasons. Edith’s bohemian wardrobe and her glamorous career as a magazine editor are especially fabulous this season. I’m so glad she’s finally making some good choices (professionally, personally, and sartorially). I’ve been rooting for that girl since 1912. I don’t know what I’m gonna do when this show is over in a few weeks…
I sketched these both out in watercolor pencil instead of my usual ink. It was definitely a stretch outside of my comfort zone, but I’m enjoying some variety in my technique and learning new ways to create shapes.
These pictures were outfit references.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
What a Way to Go! is such a weird/amazing movie. It’s got a star-studded cast (Shirley MacLaine, Dick Van Dyke, Gene Kelly, Paul Newman, and more), and awesome, ridiculous costumes by Edith Head. There are so many fantastic get-ups in the movie, but I think my favorite has to be the floor-length pink fur coat and pink beehive (not pictured: pink rabbit).
I could draw flappers all day, every day. With this one I challenged myself to use only three colors (Burnt Umber, Cerulean Blue, and Vermilion Hue)!
The dress is based on a real one from 1927, which you can see here on OMG That Dress (such an amazing site for historical fashion).
Did any of you guys get to see Fox’s Grease Live! last week? I tuned in about halfway through it while it was airing and became obsessed right away. I’ve seen it a couple times since then, and it never fails to put a big smile on my face. All of the cast did a phenomenal job, especially these Pink Ladies. 🙂