Saturday, April 25, 2009

Orange Runway

There was a Fashion Show put on at the University by the fashion design students this Friday. I honestly didn't think it would be very large production or that it would garner much attention. I was pretty wrong. The fashion show was a very put together event and the students obviously put a lot of hard work into their collections. The show was named Luminous and featured three different collections; Casual, Evening, and Bridal. I was really glad I attended the show, it is really amazing what students in my own University are doing. I never thought much of the fashion design school here because it was in the Natural Sciences department along with biology and computer science. It seemed out of place or not an entirely existing program. This is hardly true because graduates from this program go on the work for Dior and Vera Wang. Soon the program will be moving into it's own school of Human Ecology. It seems like a really interesting path to take. I think that it is something I would enjoy doing, but I am really unsure. More unsure of my abilities than my passion for it. People have always acted like I have no fashion sense whatsoever. They always come to me to draw outfits, not put them together. I am still very passionate about getting into Animation, but I think this is a very fascinating option.

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Here is the poster for the show, it displays all the fashion sketches of the designs featured in the show.


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Here are some shots from the show taken with my really crappy digital camera. Dave rented a telephoto lens that can really zoom in. I regret not lending him my Nikon D70 to take pictures with at the show. I didn't think it would be a serious event enough to warrant such a massive lens.


Upon my new interest that the show sparked I went home and drew some of my own fashion sketches. I have been sketching clothes for a while before, but I never really took it seriously. Here are a few of my sketches:

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My Dream outfit. If only I could find such things that fit me exactly like this.

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I drew out my dream haircut. I am not sure how a hairdresser would act if I brought this up to them and said I wanted this exact cut. An asymmetrical, uneven, A-line long bob.

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Target Couture

Target has been defeated by me. That is, I have gone into Target and left without buying any clothes or accessories. I went home with only Lipton Citrus Green tea and clearanced Easter M&M's. The power of self control, I feel much better. Even though I did not buy any clothes, I did find items that were very compelling to me. Two pieces in particular caught my eye due to their high end appeal and tested my spending control by seeming like such a great deal.

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First is the Balmain inspired vest I saw in the GO International collection. I realize that it is not a full jacket like the Balmain original and it doesn't have all the intricate details in the shoulders but it cannot be denied that there is an extreme resemblance. The front labels are cut very similarly, the buttons are styled the same, and the boxy cut is apparent in both pieces. While the Balmain original is obviously of much much better quality, the Target knock off surprised me. It was made of better material than most of their clothes, the detailing on the labels was more meticulous, and the cut was not bad. Overall, it is not a bad deal for around $30 compared to the original which will cost you a mere $11,410.

The Balmain original can be bought [here]

And the Target GO international line is [here]


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The other item that almost broke my spending boycott was this McQ dress from Alexander McQueen's line for Target. I really like the pattern of the dress, probably because it reminded me of the prom dress I almost bought years ago. The draping of the dress makes it a McQueen, but the quality of the fabric isn't so great. It fits really well, but even on clearance it is about $50. Cheap for a McQueen, but not that enticing to me. I could not get the sash to work on me like Brittany Snow wears her's. The actress in the left picture has it on, but I liked the dress better without it. I think the sash interrupts the dress's flowy nature and hinders the draping from falling naturally. Just my opinion though.


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Overall, if you have the extra money that doesn't need to be saved for food like myself, these two items are a great deal. They are definitely a cheaper alternative to get a higher-end look.



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On another note, there was a croque-marriage recently.

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Dave and I made these French sandwiches of toast, ham, cheese, egg, and a sauce made from butter, milk, cheese, and flour. His was a croque-monsieur and mine was a croque-madame. My sandwich was a lady because she has a hat made of a sunny-side up egg. What a cute couple they make no?

Friday, April 17, 2009

Uber Frustration

I decided to start a new painting on a whim the other night. I had seen this Daily deviation on DeviantArt in the style of painting that I had always wanted to have. I haven't really picked up a paintbrush since Christmas so launching myself into this project is kind of a big deal for me. The picture below is my painting as it was at the end of the first night painting.
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I was pretty proud of myself for getting the motivation to get off my ass and actually do something about this pent up creative energy I've been choking myself with. I was merely satisfied however, because the painting style was no where near the artwork from DeviantArt that I wanted to immulate. This painting below is the style I want to have.
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This is not mine. This artist can be found here at http://rpintor.deviantart.com/
Give him comments because his work is outstanding.

I love the unblended, loose strokes and wide range of colors he uses. I can not seem to get this style down no matter what I try. I went back to work on my own painting the second night and managed to turn it into a mess thinking that the only way to get my style to look like his was to use a palette knife. Big mistake. Now I have to wait for my mess to dry because it is in oils and maybe if I can, fix it. I really hate coming to that wall of 'is this only how far my talent will take me?'

I realize that all artist's are gifted with their own specific styles and they are all beautiful, but I still want to be able to grow as an artist. I don't want this to be my stopping point. I want today to be only the beginning.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Old High School Art Portfolio

Old Artworks from high school that are currently sitting in my closet gathering dust:

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