i like breaking down outfits like i like nutella
Happy Birthday, J.C. Leyendecker (March 23, 1874 - July 25, 1951)
“No Golden Age artist made more of an impact than J.C. Leyendecker. With his instantly recognizable style, and his proclivity for self-promotion, he influenced the art of illustration immeasurably. He became a mentor to an entire generation of younger artists - most notably Norman Rockwell, who modeled his own career and technique on Leyendecker’s. His powerful, iconic images, the blockbusters of those halcyon days, depicted a lifestyle that resonated with millions of viewers and came to symbolize American culture. He transformed society with the turn of a single page in a magazine.”
(J.C. Leyendecker: American Imagist by Laurence S. Cutler & Judy Goffman Cutler)
Gods of Small Things is an exploration of hidden deities and the worlds they inhabit. Gods of Seeds and Fallen Fruit, of Newts, Embers, Raindrops and Dropped Change; These are just some early character ideas I wanted to throw out of my head with watercolor.
Lovely background textures from Lost and Taken.
Went and saw Jurassic Park 3D this weekend (I have never seen it in theaters and it was a blast)
Thought of how different the movie could seem from another perspective.
Tao’tieh by Jason E. Bennet
Birth announcement by Carson Ellis on the birth of her second child.
When the new X-men lineup was announced I, of course, thought it was amazing and refreshing and about damn time. It wasn’t until a friend of mine brought the new team up again that the idea for another X-fashion developed. It really was a “duh” moment for me - they’re ripe for a fashion piece, and not just because they’re women but because they are some of THE biggest female names of the X-men. So I went for it. Wanted something a little more dynamic than X-fashions of the past. My main thought going in was more pants, less dresses and frippery. Of course there’s still bling and heels - you can’t take away all the fun - but I wanted fashion that was a bit more street, more real, a little more badass.
Rachel is grunge. Love her jacket, not so happy with her shirt.
Psylocke is NYC fashionista tomboy. Dip dyed hair (so trendy) and a butterfly print blouse.
I’m really happy with Kitty’s dragon t-shirt and bad ass heels. Had to get a shoe in there somewhere, people.
Storm is my 80s executive realness. Her earring is fashioned after the one Willi Ninja bought (he has the receipt) in Paris is Burning.
My southern belle is in a loud print and hose - she’s the only one in a dress. I wanted her in printed leggings but she was already such a patterned mess I decided against it.
And Jubes is just all over the place. Bikini and hot pants and a bedazzled jacket.
The original will be going up in the store as soon as tomorrow. Prints as well - in TWO sizes :) Hope you guys like it, let me know what you think!
It was my friend’s mom’s birthday yesterday. Both our moms are single parents and I started thinking about how strong they had to be for us. Then I started thinking about women of color in general. Being a PoC ain’t a walk in the park by itself, but add being a woman in a patriarchal society? Nahhh. I can’t imagine how hard it must be for women of color. AND THEN people have the nerve to call em out on being hard and growing a thick skin, telling them to smile and be happy n’ shit. Fuck outta here. Women that face all that bull and STILL manage to come out on top amaze me.
These thoughts inspired this piece. A black Wonder Woman.