Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Paper Doll Fashion Design Contest!!!!

It's been almost two years since I made a new fashion doll (not counting the Princess Academy doll) and I think it's time for a new season!

As I spend these next few weeks creating a whole new array of outfits, hair, shoes, and accessories I think it would be fun if you did too!

So....I'm excited to announce my very first Paper Doll Fashion Design Contest!!

Last year I had a Rococo Wig Design contest and I was so impressed by the creativity of the people who follow my work! Let's do it again!


I have created two models that you can design clothes for. Each model has a color version and a lined version *see below* You can print these out and trace over them. You MUST use these models as templates, submissions drawn on other forms will be disqualified.

You may use tracing paper, a window or light-box (you can even use your computer as a light-box), or you may draw directly onto the model. Don't worry if the lines show through. Submit pencil, colored pencil, paint, watercolor, even digital drawings....all mediums accepted!

I'm looking for full head-to-toe looks! I want hair, makeup, hats, jewelry, gloves, dresses, tops, bottoms, tights, socks, and shoes! Not at the same time though, that would probably look insane! Have fun with it! Go crazy! Go glam! Go sophisticated! Go tropical! Go urban! Go funky! Go punky! I love all styles!

Also, you can enter as many designs as you want! So keep 'em coming! The more designs you enter the greater your chances of winning!

Please email me your designs:


Deadline: Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The winner will be announced Wednesday, April 13, at 12 PM EST.

For the winner: I will virtualize your design/s and put them on my website, where you can play with them anytime you want.

I will also throw in one pair of Pro Ked Shoes, in your size, designed by me! Any pair you want!

I will be selecting 3 runners-up who will also receive a special surpise prize!!

I can't wait to see your designs!



Figure One:

Figure Two:

Good Luck!

Friday, March 25, 2011

Portrait of Jane Forth

Portrait of 60's model / Warhol star Jane Forth

She was very glamorous because she looked like Olive Oyl and only wore toy plastic jewelery.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Witch

The Witch: black ink, yellow ink, red ink, and white ink on watercolor paper, 18"x24"

Process: presented without captions.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Blown Away!

Check out my painting in the lobby of Park Avenue Blow Dry and Beauty Bar in Pheonix, AZ!

Thanks to Holli and Corbin!

Portrait of Shien Lee

Finished portrait of the beautiful Shien Lee:

india ink, red lacquer, white ink, and graphite on rough watercolor paper, 18" x 24"

photo of Shien during the sitting:

Shien is a New York City Treasure! Shien is the founder and creator of Dances of Vice, a New York night life sensation that attracts a sordidly splendid menagerie of dandies, aesthetes, and dreamers who gather in shared enthusiasm for the music, fashion, culture, and beauty of times forgotten.

If you live in New York you must check out a D.O.V event. It's always a wonderland of eye candy and decadence.

I was lucky enough to have Shien sit for me at my studio last week. She has some of the best style in town, so I left her completely in charge of her own look. I just told her to bring veils and accessories! I ADORE what she came up with! From the moment she walked into the room I knew how I wanted this portrait to look: Bold and Inky!


the sketch:

I really liked how this sketch turned out. I wanted the final piece to look just like it....only a little tighter.

I moved onto my large paper. After I had my pencil outline, I appied masking fluid to the areas I wanted to remain completely white. Then I did a really light grey wash over the entire painting. I wanted to keep the tones as stark as possible but still have highlights.

I laid down my first few layers of darker grey wash.

I put down more masking fluid and then laid down the red

then I put down the black ink

after that it was about adding a few details and subtle washes.

and then I was done!

Jessie in Boots

Jessie stirred up and swimming in hair: india ink wash, yellow ink, red ink, and graphite on rough watercolor paper, 18" x 24"



I have drawn almost everything in my portfolio thus far from my imagination or memory. Now that I have a larger working space I'm beginning to combine my artistic visions with actual references (live model drawings combined with photographs).

I asked my very glamorous, very beautiful , and very kind friend Jessica to model for me at my studio last week. I threw a "Jerry Hall" wig on her, we did some live drawings, and then we took some pictures...

some of the photos:

she's stunning, no?

From the sketches and photographs I composed this rough.

And then I set to work on my final piece:


black ink wash for the boots

medium ink was for skin tone, light ink wash for hair

added yellow!

and Ta Da! Pure Glamour!

Showgirl in McQueen

shoes: Alexander McQueen Spring 2010


pencil drawing

tape off background

layed down several layers of gold leaf, red ink , and black ink to create a "snake skin" effect