Monday, June 14, 2010

POSITIVELY LOVELY!

If you don't already know, I'm stepping out into a new venture. I've finally decided to fuse my loves of fashion and drawing together as a fashion illustrator. While I haven't given up my dream of illustrating children's books, I really feel it's time to nurture my first love. In doing so, I've started POSITIVELY LOVELY, a blog that will showcase my work as well as the work of other fashion illustrators that I admire.

Hope you guys will visit me over at POSITIVELY LOVELY! and join me on my journey to the vast world of fashion illustration. Love you all!

xoxoxo

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Inspiration: Janelle Monae: I need you to stay in the Tuxedos...



Today, I was re-introduced to a fireball of funkilicious talent in the form of Janelle Monae. My good friend and fellow illustrator, the fabulous Vanessa Brantley Newton of Ooh La La Design Studio has a wonderful video of Janelle's latest submission to the annals of cool-jazz funkdom, "Tightrope," from the new CD "ArchAndroid." To behold this breath of fresh air in a sea of pop culture redundancy, head on over here and check out the video.

I first witnessed this dynamo of dance on a hip-hop fashion show of some kind on BET a few months ago. I don't remember much else other than Janelle's performance and how I was awestruck by her style, talent and ability to take me to another place in time musically. I saw Harlem Renaissance Cotton Club, Detroit local cool jazz club, Baker's Keyboard Lounge, the fancy footwork of James Brown, and the "hi-de-hi's," "ho-deho's, frenetic stylings of Cab Calloway all rolled up in this one tiny, well dressed body.

The Kansas City, Kansas native was born Janelle Monae Robinson on December 1, 1985. The 24 year old has traveled the globe, touring with the likes of Erykah Badu and No Doubt to such exotic locations as Istanbul, Berlin, Moscow and back on American soil to New York. She has also realized "one of the most important signings of my career," by Sean "Diddy" Combs.1 Not bad for one who has barely spent a quarter of her life on this planet.

Dressed in ankle length tuxedos with slightly larger than normal bow ties, patent leather two-toned oxfords, and one of the coolest hair styles this side of the 50's, Janelle slides across the floor with the ease of a seasoned pro. Always the innovator, she stretched her toe tapping talents by performing two years ago, white tutu and all, with the Atlanta Ballet in a production called "BIG." (See above video)

FA'SHOE'NISTA! celebrates the amazing talent and eclectic style of Ms. Janelle Monae. May you continue to take the galaxy by storm and please, stay in the Tuxedos!





For more on Ms. Monae, go to http://www.jmonae.com

1. http://www.jmonae.com/bio/

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A new Venture



Hello everyone! Hope you all are having a wonderful Friday's Eve! I am once again, trying my hand at another artistic venture. Fashion, as you well know by visiting this blog, is a great passion of mine. So now I am looking to enter into another facet of the industry, fashion illustration.

I wanted to give everyone a sneak peek into my new arena with my first sketch of the beautiful Scarlett Johansson. I did this little doodle while at lunch on my job and am really pleased with it. Plus, it was very therapeutic, an escape from the loud unruly noises of a middle school. So I hope you all enjoy my little creation and I promise to keep you posted on new work.

Have a great weekend!

P.S. This piece is also featured on my Dream Out Loud! illustration blog. So those of you who've already seen it, please forgive me:)