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Illustration Inspirations: From Your Bedroom to The Catwalk

As artists, fashionistas or admirers of the artistic world, we know that inspiration is the driving force behind our raison d’être, but in this modern, ad-infested, digitally-charged era it can be difficult to be inspired on demand.

Chanel 2.55 Low res

Coco Chanel once said, “since everything is in our heads, we had better not lose them.”

This is particularly applicable to those in the artistic fields, as creative minds require out-of-the-box thinking and a steady supply of stimulation. Whether your dream aspirations in life revolve around achieving Louvre-esque status, or you aim to be a fashion consultant, or a world-class shopper, shifting your environment toward inspiration will help you facilitate ease and productivity in many arenas.

Transform the Space You Have

Your home should be a bastion of inspiration, a mecca for your mind, and surrounding yourself with visually appealing accents and creature comforts is a must for maximum creativity. According to Forbes, the color blue can help facilitate creativity, and the color red can incite good performance and enhance short-term memory. Loose, flowing drapes can add prestige and elegance to even the most drab of spaces, and even small touches like white roses in decoupage vases can breathe new life into your surroundings. Gracing the wall with your favorite quotes and prints can help remind you of your dreams in the first place. The sky is the limit when it comes to donning your space with the best accessories and ambiance for your taste.

Here are a few little drawings of what I would have as accents to my home

Flowers

White flowers (especially orchids) add a bit of elegance

Inscense

Your favourite scent: It is always nice to enter a nice smelling place!! – This type above looks great too

Model Man

I always have to add my artist background into the mix 😉

Take a Journey Through Different Eras

Most great artistic minds find at least one piece of their inspiration pie from the past. Renaissance greats like Michaelangelo, Da Vinci and Caravaggio all sought profound inspiration from Classical Greek and Roman artists as well as Biblical stories and themes. Most singers and songwriters were inspired by music of the past at a very young age, and fashion designers almost always credit bygone eras for their most innovative trends. Apply this to your life by seeking out the triumphs and beautiful results of those that came before you. Spending some time browsing French fashions as interpreted by artists is a fantastic place to start. Or, perhaps you’re more inspired by the ornate trends of the Ottomon Empire throughout the ages. Looking at the past is a wonderful way to ensure a creative future.

D&G

This is one of the first illustrations I did inspired by Warhol, music, and fashion

Be One With Nature, Realistically

From the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to Walden Pond, nature is another unending source of ethereal beauty and inspiration. Nature is the ultimate color palette, whether it’s a weed growing through a crack on a sidewalk or the Redwood National Forest, drawing inspiration from nature is the ultimate artist’s weapon. Nature can also be brought into your home through the simple purchase of house plants, or a jaunt through your local park for some wildflowers. The act of seeking out nature alone is an age-old way to bolster those creative juices. No matter which creative lens you seek to tap into your artistic mind through, there are certainly no shortages in daily life, it’s time to let your illustration inspirations loose.

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FASHION: Chanel

What is a fashion blog without once mentioning Chanel?

Right now, I am preparing to open L.S. Illustrated boutique on Etsy.com and I am thinking of what kind of illustrations I would like to put up. I really, really wanted to do Chanel piece, because, although it is a bit cliche for me to say… it’s classic. But how do I portray Chanel in a way that is different, not just an image of a bag, or black and white?

I immediately thought of the quilted pattern that is so iconic. Yes…do that. Make the entire picture quilted.

Then, I began to do a little research on this Chanel 2.55 bag and there was so much more to it than I initially thought! 

Like:

  • The lining’s burgundy colour represents the colour of the uniforms at the convent where Coco Chanel grew up.
  • There is a zippered compartment at the inside of the front flap. That is where Chanel is rumoured to have stored her love letters in her original bag.
  • The bag has a quilted diamond or herringbone pattern on the exterior. Using a running stitch, this gives the bag shape and volume. The pattern is believed to have been inspired by several sources: by jockeys’ riding coats, the stained-glass windows of the abbey at Aubazine, as well as by the cushions in Chanel’s Paris apartment.

And my favourite

–Chanel, recognising that the modern women needed to have their hands free while attending social functions, designed a double chain shoulder strap, something common in downmarket products, but rare in luxury circles at the time. The chains were attached by leather-threaded chain inserted though eyelets. The caretakers of the convent she grew up at hold the keys at their waist dangling from the same type of chains as the 2.55 shoulder strap chains.–

The modern woman. She recognized what women needed in fashion and made it stylish.

That is why I needed to do an illustration on Chanel. I dream to be as smart as that lady 🙂

Now to explain the gigantic logo on the illustration…

I watch Gossip Girl and am in love with the Prada Marfa painting on the Van der Woodsen’s wall. Those who watch will know what I am talking about! It is just a humungous “Prada” on a canvas and I love it.  Hence, giant C’s! :p

 Happy Monday!!

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