I really love clothes.
They are SO HARD TO DRAW.
The eyes of an owl? Easy. The drape of…well…anything? Not so much.
Pinterest is my friend and tutor. I scroll through pictures and collect images and cobble together outfts off a selection of reference photos. Most of them aren’t really practical, but I like to imagine the one above is actually quite feasible and also flattering. Imagine linen, a thick elastic fabric, and leather.
I’m finding that often less is more, when putting paint on paper. Which is sort of disappointing sometimes because the very act of putting paint on paper is fun.
This is Zare, the heroine of the stories I write over on ZareCaspian.com. I paint her often. Sometimes it comes out great. Other times it REALLY doesn’t. But it’s all educational.
I used to fashion blog a little, part of me misses it. But not really enough to get back into it. Taking pictures is time consuming. And not looking like a doofus–regardless of what you’re wearing–is also an art form. I am out of practice 😛 But I still like clothes. I like to play around with make up some days–I refer to it as war paint. Because that’s what it is, in many ways.
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“In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, for I have overcome the world.”
Available on Redbubble.
I ended up really loving how this piece came out. I framed it and it’s hanging in my guest room. You can have a copy, too, if you like:
It also lends itself shockingly well to throw pillows, bags, and chiffon shirts.
I’ve never really ventured into the world of patterns before, what do you think?
Rose print on Redbubble
Can you believe it, you can buy my art on a bathmat. Wish it went with the colors in my house! You can find a variety of pillows and stationary at my Society6 shop, and slightly different selection of housewares and stationary at my Redbubble shop.
This article in the Atlantic (linked here) about the psychology of clothes, and how they make us feel, made me laugh. Not because I think it’s ridiculous, but because women have known this for years.
It’s an oft used joke that the first step a woman takes in a new endeavor is buying clothes for the occasion. Power suits, cute work out clothes, stilettos that make you feel in control (or, if you’re like me, like you’re going to die). There is something real there.
How often do people comment “I feel so official” because you handed them the team t-shirt or button, or whatever?
“Once you start feeling better, you’re gonna dress the way you feel,” Rudnicki says. “Your clothes represent your inner motivation and feelings. It’s a feedback loop—I feel good, so I’m going to wear the things that make me look good.”