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On Design

Far from ever being a fashion designer or using this blog as a means to become one, I have loved and relished the fashion art for a while and cannot help it myself but to “design” or as it is much more correctly spoken of, illustrate clothes that come into my mind directly or indirectly. In this sense, fashion illustration it is a way of quenching my lust for the expression of mòde, but conversely, I am not allowed to attribute it as fashion material properly said, since these sketches are not thought of in terms of execution, materials or techniques of the profession of clothe-making.

I say this because many people expect from me a career in Fashion which is something completely opposite to my own vision and goals. This activity, I believe, is more of an exercise in the fine arts pursuit.

In other news, I have lately developed the good habit of carrying around a little sketchbook with me which helps to keep a record of these ideas, good and bad. From this little notebook, I sometimes like to pick the good prospects and work on them a little further, so today I’m posting two of them, done somewhere around october 2011.

Since many times the original conception is more pure and assertive in our intentions than the studies done after that, I would like to post the stark originals from now on.

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Fresh

Summer is laid-back… take-it-easy. Colors take on their full show and zest. And while summer is already receding for FALL to take place (or it already did), I beg you make your allowances for all kinds of vêtements in this blog, as I am not particularly paced up with my surroundings.

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Pink, Navy and Embroideries

Well, you know, there was still some cardboard left! :)

Vintage pose.  Medium: acrylic and ink.

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Le 3ème Portrait Imaginaire

This is my third number of Imaginary Portraits.

Actually there’s something that caught my  attention yesterday when I made it to Museo de la Identidad Nacional. The museum is having this temporary exhibition of Pablo Picasso’s 29 litographies he did back in 1969, 4 years before his death. The whole of this group of litographies (there are 250 copies out of the original gouache paintings) depicts the noble people and aristocrats which are commonly seen in the Rembrandt’s pictures and El Greco’s as well. The Imaginary Portraits are in fact Picasso’s reinterpretations of the people portrayed by these two artists who admittedly were the greatest of influences to the modern genius, Picasso.

What I wanted to point out though, was that I delighted in Picasso naming his collection of imaginary portraits, Imaginary Portraits or Portraits Imaginaires, as he often “frenchised” his titles. How COOL is that? Hahaha!

Back to blogging, this is my third Portrait Imaginaire (ok…) because it is once again, nobody, and has no direct reference. She’s a young girl, gaze fixed somewhere over the distance, cool blazer with Balmain-like shoulder-padded jacket. I really like how the colors turned out, I might even frame this one to hang on my room’s wall.

She’s an inspiration to me because looks like a decent little fashion painting, n’est-ce pas?  :D

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Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2011

The other day, I found a piece of folder cardboard. I thought how nicely a white painting  would look on it, and having just been baffled yet again by V. Wang’s precious designs a couple of weeks previous,  I embarked on this long-sought journey of illustrating her gowns. I genuinely adore the results, I love the invitation card kinda vibe to it. How do you like it?

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L shoes and clutches!

This is the result of a sudden desire to illustrate shoes. I went with Louboutin’s SS 2011 collection and got from his website the shoes that artistically appealed to me. The two clutches were added later, much to my regret because then I thought how they both lessened the power of Louboutin… I’m not sure though. And yes, a rather compulsory, unplanned background  color to conceal the messiness of my procedures haha. Ok. But turned out quite cool if I were to paste it as a cover collage over something, like my agenda or a scrapbook, what do you think?

I also didn’t feel like signing it because of what’s happening in there; didn’t feel natural.

The medium is oil, watercolor and ink.

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On Flamenco


And, yes, “Flamenco”  since it has been one of my favorite music genres, even though many people see that as kind of funny (given all this contemporary music), but I can tell you I truly relish in classic guitars and cantaores.  In such a way, that today’s post comes to me as a manifestation of this music,  reminding me of a Spanish, modern flamenco style, not so much in flamenco fashion as such, but of what comes to mind regarding their culture and “ways of,” if you know what I mean, but I highly doubt it since I can barely defend my art from a critical point of view because I’m weak, and don’t posess an MFA in some hard core Arts analysis…

Ok… so, you know, this print skirt came to me the moment I saw a lady fanning herself with this gorgeous Spanish fan and I knew then it just had to go in on paper!

The drawing is actually inspired by an Arturo Elena‘s illustration, which I loved at first sight, and must admit to how much he generally inspires me. Hey, I’m still learning! and he’s great like many others who also inspire me, so I don’t hestitate in imitating them before I finally master the art. :)

Tell me, do you like it? !

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Imaginary Portrait II

This is a portrait I had done a while ago, very shortly after the “First Imaginary Portrait” post.  I like and feel comfortable with three-quarter profiles. You do notice my girls look sad, right?! That has to do with how heavy the eyelid is drawn, but that’s ok, I’m still getting into face business. And I for the most part believe that sad eyes= fashion. Oh and I did forget to sign it!


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Black & Red

I did say some time in the past that I disliked hated black and red together. Maybe it had to do with several other circumstances which I shall not detail. But I had to come out of that irrationality eventually and last year I had this great idea of doing an illustration using solely black, red and white colors.  I do think it turned out rather interesting, kind of decorative. Hope you like it.

Oh sure, this happened while my Balmain fever was taking its toll!

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