Art update: “Bunnies and Bows” girl

Bunnies and bows

 

My friend Michelle asked me recently if I'd like to contribute art to her Bunnies and Bows show in LA – and here is what I made for it! I really want the outfit I gave her… haha – the shoes too! Fashion dreaming through drawing.

A framed metallic print will be for sale at the show, and I'll also be doing a limited run of giclee prints for sale on my etsy… I'll post more about that in a few days!

 

Bunnies and Bows sketches!

I planned most of this out last week – It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do, but the fun part is it left me with a lot of sketches to share! The sketch on the upper right with the giant carrot was my favorite, but it didn't fit well with the paper size I wanted so I decided to save it for another day. 

Bunnies and Bows sketches!

I think these were the worst ideas of the bunch… but it's always good to get that sort of stuff out of your system while working.

Bunnies and Bows sketches!

Just when I was getting frustrated on ideas, I decided to doodle a retro playboy bunny and give my brain a break… and then after that I finally came up with the idea I wanted to do! 

inspiration

While I was working on all of this, I was trying to capture a feeling of Playboy Bunnies from the 60's and Pin-up Girls mixed with Lady Lovely Locks from the 80's… I really loved that toy and all her cute clip in animal hair accessories – which reminds me a bit of Michelle! Probably because of all the pastel rainbow hair colors and all the animals had little bows 🙂

Bunnies and Bows show!

If you live near Los Angeles, you should come check out the show on May 7th!! You can read more about it here. Take pics and send me some… I really wish I could go but I'm not able to travel there at this time. Another day! :) 

Art update – Mermaids! + 1960’s Disneyland and more

Girls drawing girls, a fun art group I'm a part of, is getting ready to put out their latest art book and the drawing I'm contributing for it had to be themed around Hibiscus flowers. I've been on a total mermaid kick since I looked up info on the 20,000 Leagues ride in Disney World and knew I wanted to have an excuse to draw stuff like that… how are those two things related you ask?

Well, through clicking around and reading on the history of the ride, I discovered the first ride like this was the "Submarine Voyage" in Disneland, which had LIVE MERMAIDS! Okay okay, so they weren't real mermaids – they were actually local girls who auditioned to play mermaids for the summer during 1965-1967. But seriously – how cool is that?! 

hibiscus

So when I put together my concept sketch for the book, I decided to capture the look of these teenage mermaid gals gossiping on a rock while beautifying themselves with brightly colored hibiscus flowers. Still working out color choices, but above is a preview! I'm debating making them look less human with webby ears and fins on their arms…

mermaid sketches

Sketches I doodled while coming up with ideas. I actually drew all the stuff below while sitting in a jacuzzi – I'd like to think of that as immersing myself in the drawing's environment, hahaha!

mermaid sketches

In the bottom left you can see where my idea sorta started… and then I drifted into the zone of thinking of outfit ideas. I think at this point I was like, man – I want a mermaid costume too!

mermaid sketches

 

And I couldn't talk about the Disneyland mermaids without sharing photos, video and some more info… 

Disneyland mermaids
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Disneyland mermaids
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