Fashion Goodies

Okay, so this post isn’t strictly art-related and may be a bit of a stretch. I’ve been running around trying to get things in order all week and sadly, I haven’t had a lot of time to dedicate to drawing or painting. I have made some progress on the last owl and will try to get an image of that up next week. Also, decided against stock-piling entries to post while I’m away; I didn’t want to feel forced to write and end up with sub-par content, so my blog will be on vacation with me. ūüôā

In addition to the art supply shopping and many other activities we’ll be doing on the road for the next two weeks, I’m going to be keeping an eye out for some updates to my wardrobe. Rather than hitting the malls I’d like to explore local shops and markets for handmade goods.

I’ve collected a lot of necklaces and bracelets recently, so I’d like to try and beef up my ring collection. Large teal and blue stones have been popular lately and would work with a lot of different outfits. Most of the rings I have now are sparkly, so getting a larger stone with a pattern or cat’s eye in it would be a nice change. My hands are quite small but I’m a fan of big chunky jewelry:

Amulet Stone Ring via Channing Allard

Amulet Stone Ring via Channing Allard

turquoise stone stretch ring via jane norman

turquoise stone stretch ring via jane norman

I’ve noticed the trend of slouchy-type hats in the colder seasons and would love to add one to my¬†wardrobe¬†as well for those days that my hair doesn’t cooperate. If I stuck with a neutral color I could wear it with just about anything. As for warmer climates, ever since Greece, I’ve been on the search for the perfect sun hat. Because I’m prone to headaches, migraines and wear contact lenses, the bright sun tends to make my eyes hurt. Of course I love the sun, so I need to find a way to enjoy it comfortably. I already have a great pair of over-sized sunglasses but would like a nice hat to switch them up with every once in awhile. There are so many different kinds that I can’t really decide which I want more. I’m leaning towards a Fedora or Cowboy-type hat, something with a shorter rim as opposed to a wide-brimmed hat which looks ridiculous on my small head.

ASOS Boyfriend Knit Beanie via ASOS

ASOS Boyfriend Knit Beanie via ASOS

Alpaca Hand Knit Hat - Ash Brown, via Etsy

Alpaca Hand Knit Hat - Ash Brown, via Etsy

Marschel, via Aldo

Marschel, via Aldo

via Bootbarn

via Bootbarn

My over-sized scarf has been acting as a wrap when I get chilly. It’s a beautiful scarf, but it’d be nice to have something with sleeves so I don’t have to untangle myself from the scarf all the time. I love the sweater wraps below, either with the tassled ends or the frayed ones. Something with a bold geometrical pattern would refresh my wardrobe ¬†a bit. Having a new light jacket would be nice as well seeing as the thin canvas jacket I currently have is getting a bit ratty and has almost lost it’s buttons. As a bonus, it would be good to have a good neutral jacket to layer over my summer dress.

Mikayla Tribal Sweater via tobi

Mikayla Tribal Sweater via tobi

via Kat Von D

via Kat Von D

Lamara Rider Jacket via AllSaints

Lamara Rider Jacket via AllSaints

In less than 24 hours I’ll be on the road! Wish us luck over the next two weeks! Tim got himself a new lens so there will be tons of photos when we get back. With any luck, I’ll be able to make a few posts from our¬†accommodations¬†but it all depends on how exhausted we are in between stops.

Have a great weekend!

Must-Sees at the MoMA

Our upcoming roadtrip is taking us through NYC, meaning I will get a chance to see the Museum of Modern Art! I wasn’t sure what they had on display, so I visited their website and discovered that, thanks to Google’s art project “Artworks”, most of the work is available to view online! I plan to go to MoMA with somewhat of a battle plan, since we only really have one full day there and we’ll want to explore other areas of the city. Here are some of the paintings I want to get a closer look at: the links at the top take you to the high resolution versions at Google Art Project, and clicking the images will take you to Wikipedia for more information (or Google Art Project if there was no wiki entry).

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

The Starry Night by Van Gogh

The Birth of Venus by Botticelli Sandro Botticelli

The Birth of Venus (Botticelli)

The Birth of Venus (Botticelli)

Ophelia by Sir John Everett Millais

John Everett Millais - Ophelia

John Everett Millais - Ophelia

Charing Cross Bridge by Claude Monet

Charing Cross Bridge, Monet

Charing Cross Bridge, Monet

Marie-Antoinette With The Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Marie-Antoinette With The Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

Marie-Antoinette With The Rose by Louise Elisabeth Vigée-Lebrun

The Two Crowns by Sir Frank Dicksee

The Two Crowns by Sir Frank Dicksee

The Two Crowns by Sir Frank Dicksee

The Lady of Shalott by John William Waterhouse

The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson

The Lady of Shalott by Lord Alfred Tennyson

I’m hoping that seeing these pieces in person will help give me a better understanding on how they were composed, maybe some hints on technique. Starry Night has been a favorite of mine for awhile (this may or may not have been influenced by his recent appearance in Doctor Who) and so has Ophelia. I remember being struck by Ophelia for the first time while sitting in English class in middle school. I believe the Lady of Shalott was there as well. I¬†applaud¬†the teachers the show art in their classrooms! It’s a great way to get¬†conversations¬†going and you never know who you might inspire!

Seeing how the masters rendered both nature and fabrics in stunning detail has always fascinated me. I’m also excited to see some more abstract works, especially since my abstract course last summer. I have such a better appreciation for the likes of Monet and Gogh, and am itching to see their works close up.

Looking over the museum maps, it looks like I’ll be starting on the top floor and heading downwards. With any luck I’ll be able to see all of these paintings and not feel too overwhelmed. I’m also told that the MoMa has an excellent cafe with delicious mochaccinos, so I know where to go to fuel up! I’d like to get a look at some of the current exhibitions at well, but we’ll see how I feel after the fifth floor…

…any pieces you guys would recommend visiting?

Traditional Art Supply Wish List

For the past few weeks I’ve been very careful with my money so that I’ll have some cash to spend during our upcoming roadtrip. I’ve heard good things about the art stores in New York, and have been making a wish list in my mind of things I’d like to get my hands on. With any luck I’ll even be able to try out a few things. Ever since the Naoko Takeuchi post, I’ve been itching to do some awesome manga-inspired works with some cool traditional media, like brushes, pens, airbrushes, toner, etc. Here are some of the things on my latest wish list:

Neo Sable Watercolor Paint Brush (good precision watercolor brushes)

Niji Waterbrush (a brush that holds water instead of ink)

COPIC airbrush system (allows for smooth color over a large area)

DELETER screentones (used to shade manga pages, can also be used for patterns and backgrounds)

DELETER paper (paper for markers and inks)

Canson drawing paper (more paper for markers and inks, used by Naoko Takeuchi)

Poster color

Colored inks

I figure since I haven’t done any courses yet this year, it’d be nice to try something new. Thanks to youtube, I can search for tutorials on anything I’m not sure how to use!

This video shows an illustration done using a french french curve and lightbox, colored with a combination of inks, watercolors and an airbrush. I really admire the way the background was detailed here and the method of coloring the girl’s shirt; it looks like the entire shape of the shirt was first dampened with water, and then the red sort of “bleeds” into the shape once applied in the middle. Really cool.

Below, we see Francis Vallejo inking a piece three different ways: with a nib, a brush, and a combination of the two with grey washes. The tool chosen to ink with will make a huge impact on the final drawing.

Working with manga screentone is painstaking and could be done much quicker digitally, but there’s something about cutting and pasting and doing things by hand that makes it a much more personal experience, for me. Here’s an example of how you’d use screentone to shade an image (this one’s a bit long, roughly 10 minutes). More example’s of his screen-toned art can be found here.

Spring Colors in the Home

As the warm temperatures continue and the green grass starts to peak up out of the dirt outside, brightly colored spring decor has been finding its way into my blog roll. Sipping on tea and looking at colorful things is a great way to wake up during those sleepy afternoons!

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

Animal Planter Trio - Mini Modern Art Centerpeices (via Etsy)

These are a bit¬†kitschy, maybe even a bit creepy, but I love the colors! It’s a great idea to have an usual object hold plants instead of the typical plain planter pots. These would be great in a child’s room (depending on the material, may want to watch if they’re breakable), but would also work well in a room painted white, allowing for many differently colored accessories, or in an outdoor space. If you don’t like Disney-esc creatures, you can also get dinosaur versions.

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

vertical succulent wall art - made to order (via Etsy)

Some more Etsy-goodness here: a living wall! This wall is filled entirely with Succulents and made to order. This means a bit of a wait before you get it (you’re looking at a few months anyway while the roots set) but the results speak for themselves. Provided this was hung on a well-lit wall, it would be beautiful inside. It would also look great in an outdoor space or on a patio. The lush colors remind me of Greece, marveling at how beautiful the nature there was. So many of the bright colors I love occur naturally; the almost glowing quality to the aquamarine lakes, the tart green of the limes and lemons, the electric neons in the sunsets… nature provides so much wonderful art for us, so why shouldn’t we have it in our homes?

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Blue & White Ginger Jars (via Marcus Design)

Two of my favorite colors, blue and pink, together! These ginger jars would look great in almost any room and could hold any number of brightly colored blossoms. I love the patterns on these vases and wouldn’t mind trying to paint some on my own. The combination of block text over floral patterns is stunning. I also like the branch-lamp hanging over top of them.

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

White Frames for Bright Prints (via Paper Fashion)

I’ve seen many white and silver frames before, but have trouble visualizing what kind of art I’d put in them. Here, we see brightly colored prints in them. This helps promote openness and light in a room. Kind of makes me want to do a super neon bright illustration just so I could try this out. Lately I’ve been doing a lot of work with fully colored backgrounds; perhaps it’s time to try illustrating a simple subject in the middle (or off to the sides) and leaving the rest of the page blank? It makes quite a statement and really draws your eye to the subject in question.

Happy Friday & weekend, everyone! I’ll be back next week with some road-trip related posts. I’m so looking forward to a break and some fresh inspiration!

 

Brightly Colored Illustrations

With spring blooming and bringing in some warmer temperatures, I find myself gravitating towards art that use brilliant colors. Getting an introduction to color theory back when I took that intro to acrylics course has helped me understand why colors appear bright or glowing. This totally changed the way I looked at things and gave me a lot to think about while coloring and painting. There is so much more to lighting and shading than white and black.

unfinished piece by Viktoria Gavrilenko

unfinished piece by Viktoria Gavrilenko

The flowers in this illustration scream spring! Going from the top of the drawing to the bottom, the flowers start out very impressionistic and gradually gain more detail. The skin and dress are light and airy which brings the butterfly nicely into focus.¬†Unfortunately, according to this artist’s deviantart site, she says she won’t be finishing this piece, but I¬†feel like it’s a strong enough piece to stand on its own. I just wish I knew why this girl was so sad…

Magical Girl by Kim eunhye

Magical Girl by Kim eunhye

My recent manga-craze has led me to look through tons of anime/manga artists for more inspiration. Because of shows and comics that appeal to a younger audience (pokemon, yugioh and the like), a more simplistic cell-shaded art style has become very popular. It’s sad, because it’s not the kind of style that made me love anime and I feel like people get the wrong idea about the genre since this stuff is so popular. The drawing above is more what I gravitate towards: frills and flowing fabrics, beautiful fantastical dress, the backgrounds with gradients and patterns and exquisitely detailed accessories, like the sceptre! Rather than simple cell-shading, this piece uses interesting colors for shadows that give the whole image a surreal-floating kind of vibe.

Las Teclas Negras by herringbones

Las Teclas Negras by herringbones

The warm versus cool color palette drew me into this illustration and at first I almost didn’t notice the text in the corners. There’s a lot going on, but somehow it all flows together through a story I don’t fully understand quite yet. I really love the style of bubbles and water, things I’ve always struggled with. The line-work in this piece is very nice as well, helping to bring things to the foreground and push others back,¬†organizing¬†the image.

by Sinad Jaruartjanapat

by Sinad Jaruartjanapat

The more colors the better, right? By having a rainbow-colored palette it’s easy to overwhelm the viewer with too many colors, but having a neutral background here gives the eye somewhere to rest. Without that space the colors in her fins may not look as bright. Again I’m lost in the details, from the tips of the trident to the flourish of this mermaid’s tail. Her colorful armor is¬†reminiscent¬†of a butterflies’s wings. One day I hope to be able to design characters with this much impact and draw as flowingly as this.

Big Canvas is now unwrapped!

Thanks to last Friday’s post, I was finally able to settle on an idea for the large canvas (24″ x 36″) that’s been sitting in my room since the beginning of the year. Behold the power of a productive weekend!

Fashion Study, in progress by Jess Lingley

Fashion Study, in progress by Jess Lingley

Out of all the beautiful shots from this W Korea photoshoot, after much consideration I decided on this image because it contained just the right amount of elements to challenge me. I could’ve played it safe by sticking to a portrait shot, but I can’t remember the last time I painted/drew something with multiple human subjects so I figured it was time to give it a try. Given how much I’m blowing this up I thought it’d be wise to grid things out to keep the proportions correct. Normally I’m on the fence about gridding (I’d rather challenge myself to measure correctly with my own eyes) but in this case, it was necessary.

Saturday afternoon and evening were spent laying out the grid and pencilling as much in as I could. Sunday afternoon, I dove in with a mix of blues for the underpainting! The fabrics in the original have a sort of bluish undertone and I’ve been wanting to try underpainting with colors other than Burnt Sienna, so this was the perfect opporitunity to give it a go. I love painting with blue, it’s my favorite color. So far I’m happy with progress but I’m a little concerned that my pencil lines are too dark. Eep.

In between layers of paint, I continued on with night/death owl:

Death Owl, in progress by Jess Lingley

Death Owl, in progress by Jess Lingley

Using a darker palette has been interesting. I’m trying to get the clock out of the way so I can focus on blocking in the horizon, trees and then look at filling in the skulls. I’m not really sure what colors I’m going to use for them quite yet, or how I’m going to light them.

Hopefully my week can be as productive as the weekend was! I got so much cleaning done and even got in some baking. Working in a clean space is important to me. Otherwise, I get distracted by things that need to be put away. A space that is clean is so much more relaxing and serene. Spring cleaning, indeed!

Fashion Shoots for Spring 2012

For fashion magazines and other fashion adverts to be effective, they need to properly showcase their outfits (well lit clothing, attractive models) and provide a fitting atmosphere to display them in. Having clothing against a simple backdrop is okay, but showcasing it on a model that can really wear it, or having it in a space that suits it can really bring it out further and make it shine.

The spring campaign for Swedish Hasbeens has a vintage vibe, both in style of accessories and color palettes. The photography below uses beautiful washed out colors. I’m especially found of the soft purples, blues and pinks. It makes the photos look aged and gives them a happy nostalgic feeling. I’m a big fan of wedges and vintage accessories. I dig 60’s inspired clothing, as I feel it flatters more body shapes than some modern fashion. Everything about this shoot flows together harmoniously from the makeup, to the hairstyles, to the outfits.

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

Swedish Hasbeens Spring 2012 Collection (via MoreDesignPlease)

The photos below from W Korea’s March 2012 magazine pop with candy colors: soft and bright and sweet. The dreamlike atmosphere draws me in, from the bubblegum wigs to the flowing fabrics. The colors are bright without clashing and pleasant to look at. I’d like to paint something like this, where the subjects are fun and the small details (peeling wallpaper, mattress fabric) would provide enough challenge to keep things interesting.

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

W Korea March 2012 (via Chicquero)

Prada’s Spring 2012 combines two of my favorite styles: vintage and graphic. The over-sized sunglasses and thin soft blouses look perfect for the warmer spring days, and those shoes… they have flames on them. FLAMES. I’m in love with them. The sky is so bright in these photos that it looks like the blue of a pool and gives a refreshing balance to the harsh light of a hot sun. In contrast to the first set of vintage images above, these are bright and in-your-face, clothing you’d definitely want to show off on the town.

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

Prada Spring 2012 (via Print and Pattern)

I really love how they’ve used¬†graffiti¬†as a backdrop in this Vogue US March 2012 shoot. The bold colors and sharp cuts in the clothing stand out against it the spray-painted letters on the wreckage in the background. There are a lot of different textures going on here as well: the block of green against the pink car, the rustic pleats in the skirt against the horizon. Both photos really put a spotlight on these modern upscale outfits in a¬†psychedelic¬†grungy wasteland. Putting these outfits against a plain, brick wall would give them a totally different feeling and might even downplay them.

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Vogue US March 2012 (via Trendland)

Restless Spring Rain

Over the long weekend I finished my Guidance Owl illustration and began on the Death Owl:

Death Owl, progress by Jess Lingley

Death Owl, progress by Jess Lingley

The sky was a lot of fun, I kind of channeled a little Van Gough with it. Streaks of color blended together give a lovely effect, even if it’s not totally realistic. The lighting in this piece is going to be another challenge, since I don’t color with evening palettes very often. I haven’t been able to find any solid references for this kind of color online, so I’m winging it and having a lot of fun.

The more I color in, the more the finished product starts to come together in my mind. Frequently I find things that I’ve missed while inking, and come up with ways to make several parts in the piece work together. I’m trying to blend the colors in this really well, using some of the techniques I posted in the COPIC time-lapse videos I posted earlier in the week.

With spring, I start to come out of “hibernation mode” and feel incredibly ambitious. The snow melts away and grass peaks through the brown; everything feels new and fresh. As it warms up and the rain begins, it washes away all the grime and dirt that the winter left behind, cleaning the slate for things to come in the summer. Tim’s exams are almost done and all of my projects this year have been self-directed. On top of that, I haven’t done any classes, not that I’ve been able to find any that have honestly interested me. It’s not that I’m losing the flame for art: quite the opposite, actually. I’m feeling pretty restless and eager to embark on something totally new and exciting.

Out the Window by Tim Lingley

Out the Window by Tim Lingley

I’ve been scheming away on some pretty big changes that I can’t quite announce yet (groooooooooan) but in the meantime, after Tim has finished his last exam, we’re going on a road trip! It’s an ambitious two-week drive down through New Hampshire, Boston, New York and back up through¬†Niagara¬†Falls, with a quick stop in Ottawa and then onto Montreal and Quebec before heading back home. I’ve only been to Ottawa and am so looking forward to the change of scenery! Walking around in an unfamiliar place, eating interesting local cuisine, seeing the sun set and rise over a different horizon… all of these things are exactly what I need to quench this thirst of mine! I’ve almost finished booking¬†accommodations¬†and then it’s on to figuring out what to do in the little time we have at each stop. You can bet I’m going to visit as many galleries and local craft shops as possible.

photo by Tim Lingley

photo by Tim Lingley

I have all these romantic visions of sipping espresso and water-coloring painting in New York City… so exciting! I also can’t wait to check out what the art shops have to offer compared to what’s available here… I don’t know what internet is going to be like during the trip so I’m planning to stock-pile some posts, so this blog doesn’t get too dusty while I’m gone. With any luck I’ll be able to post some interesting tidbits from the road, too. I’ll be out the last week of April and the first week of May, but until then, it’s business as usual.

For anyone who’s been to these places before: can you recommend anything? Restaurants, good look-out spots, galleries or anything else of interest?

Sitting Down & Stretching Out

I hope everyone has enjoyed (or is still enjoying) the long weekend! In celebration of eating well and relaxing, here are some chairs that will help you do just that in style.

Chair for stretching out on (via Marcus Design)

Chair for stretching out on (via Marcus Design)

I like this chair because of the blue and pink floral pattern, but also because of it’s irregular shape that would allow you to stretch your legs out. Additionally, there is room to sit several people sideways, so it works well in a living room setting. The antique claw-feet are a nice touch.

re-upholstered benches (via The Peak of Tres Chic)

re-upholstered benches (via The Peak of Tres Chic)

These small benches would work great in an entryway; I can’t count the number of times I’ve come inside during the winter and stumbled around trying to unlace my boots with nowhere to go. It would be so much nicer to grab a seat for this; it would also be nice to have somewhere to set down purses or bags temporarily while I remove my jacket, scarf, hat, etc. Originally these benches were simple black leather but the author of this post stapled some new fabric over them and re-painted the legs herself. Click on the photo to see the full tutorial! This is something I could definitely handle…

Envelope Sofa (via Apartment Therapy)

Envelope Sofa (via Apartment Therapy)

This versatile sofa, dubbed the Envelope Sofa, immediately caught my eye. It’s a nice soft and neutral gray, so it’d work in almost any space. Whether you like to sprawl out or curl up, there’s room for pretty much everything here. Because of it’s reasonable size it would look good even in a small living room.

Technicolour Tub Chair Designed by Ray Clarke (via Etsy)

Technicolour Tub Chair Designed by Ray Clarke (via Etsy)

So much color! The quantity of different fabrics could be overwhelming to some, but when I saw this all I could think of is how I would customize it. You could put swatches of lots of different things in there; old band shirts, leftovers from other sewing projects… the¬†possibilities¬†are endless. If you wanted to tone it down you could easily do so with a solid-colored throw, or a few solid-colored pillows as well. This particular chair would probably work best in a neutral-colored room but since there are so many different colors happening on it, it’s fairly versatile.

 

Guidance Owl and Copic Techniques

Thanks to the lovely day off, I’ve been able to finish off my Guidance Owl drawing:

Guidance Owl by Jess Lingley

Guidance Owl by Jess Lingley

I enjoyed doing the sky the most, but doing the snake with little dots of color was great too. I employed that type of “stipling” technique a lot: with the snake, the grass, and the walls. The image is sort of split in half: light versus dark, day versus night, heaven versus hell, and the owl sits in the middle. I paid close attention to the nuances in color, which are visible in a higher-res version of the drawing at Deviantart (though it’s still a cellphone pic). I’m feeling good about this and am ready to tackle the third and final owl of the series!

After absorbing Naoko Takeuchi’s work I was inspired to start looking up¬†traditional¬†manga techniques. I think I’ll take a¬†separate¬†post to elaborate on what I found, but while I was doing my research I found a few youtube tutorials on COPIC coloring from an artist by the name of Ocean-chan. To blend, she start with a dark color, then goes in with a lighter color, then uses a mid-tone to blend the two. It’s different than what I do and very intriguing to watch. She also uses tons of layers, and I’m curious what kind of paper she uses since my COPIC paper only absorbs ~5 layers or so before looking blotchy. Anyway, take a look at the video below to watch her draw:

 

 

Have a good (and hopefully long weekend everyone! I’ll be posting again on Monday, for those with computer access during the holidays.