I wasn't sure what I wanted to do for my July theme. I always like to check and see what the unofficial Creative Every Day theme is...even if I don't use it. Last month the theme was 'green' and I did Barbie art all month. Go figure. But the theme wasn't up yet, probably due to the holiday...so...I had to figure it out on my own.
But I didn't know what to do. So for the first few pieces I just worked on faces. I knew I wanted to use watercolor pencil, colored pencil and pen since these materials are pretty portable. I made a face drawing each day...thinking to myself...'what should I do?'
And it kind of came to me...really pretty much as a result of the Barbie series...
For the month of July my series will be MAKEUP.
Here is my train of thought, and I am typing it just like I am thinking it...while working on the Barbies this month I was looking at images from the 1980s so I was in fact setting the stage for this inspiration to come to me later...as I worked on each Barbie picture I focused on the eyes and differences in eye makeup, since the eyes are a favorite thing of mine to draw...I got side tracked by Jem and the Holograms, her makeup, the patterns and colors in the clothes, even considered doing a side series on Jem...I started thinking about the images in nail and beauty salons, specifically those from the 1980s...so I researched these images and learned about Patrick Nagel, who images of females have a strong influence from fashion and Art Deco....I even found a picture of Jem in Nagel's style...and I went to a drag show with some girlfriends and was blown away by their makeup application...which is kind of random, but that's how I roll.
And then there is this little lady, (left). Giselle is my super talented friend who owns her own business, GS Makeup Artistry. She does makeup (including airbrush!) and hair for weddings and special events and also is quite the craftswoman, working with decals and other personalized gifts as an additional service for her brides and clients. I spent some time with Giselle on the 4th of July for a belated birthday lunch and it reminded me of how awesome she is. I have watched her do hair and makeup on my friends and have even been lucky enough to have her work on me!
So all of this...that's how it came to be that I chose makeup for my July series. It may be a little hard to follow, but it makes total sense to me. That being said...err...typed...here are the first pieces in the series!
Artist and Art Teacher