New Year’s Eve 2014, my friends and I went out to a bar featuring a live band, and we found ourselves clustered at the foot of the stage directly in front of the trombone player. It was probably the best spot in the the house to be, because, generally speaking, trombone players got game.
I was inspired by his energetic shenanigans and showmanship, and deeply regretted growing up to not be a trombone player. I do, however, play the air trombone rather well, as pictured here, in the snazzy outfit I wore that night.
Another selfie illo from the Rocked That Look series, found in my sketchbook, but not posted.
Hey, remember when I rocked that look— i.e. illustrated a short series of selfies + fashion illustrations + air guitars? Just wanted you to know that I didn’t stop, yo— I just slowed down. This one is from a few months ago; I’ve just run across it while flipping through my sketchbook, and I think it’s a keeper. It was a Friday, and a Good Hair Day.
…I think I might wear this to work one day next week, with a cute sweater to cover my tattoos and also #becausecoldindatoffice.
What are you gonna wear?
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Since I started the Rocked that Look illustration challenge to work on human action poses and movement, I’ve noticed the unintended effect it’s had on the amount of care I put into choosing my outfit each day. “Could I totally rock out in this outfit?” I ask myself. “Can I play air guitar in this?” And most importantly, “Is this outfit going to be fun to draw?” These are two of my favorite looks from last week.
In other news, I’ve also been sewing plushies lately. I mentioned an iguana recently in another post, but I’ve decided that he’s not ready for the public yet. Inigo’s going back under the knife for a little redesign surgery.
We do, however, have the pleasure of introducing Toby, the adorable sloth baby. He, or someone very much like him, will be appearing in my Etsy shop shortly. Toby incorporates scraps from my Sherlock Halloween/cosplay dress and a bit of the wool plaid skirt I’m currently frankenstyling into a wrap-around.
I missed a few days of my air guitar / wardrobe illustration challenge this week, *because cats.* After three very tense days and as many trips to the vet, we are now on our way to a full recovery. To celebrate the health and wellness of our family unit, I had the girls join me for the special Halloween Edition of Rocked That Look. Inspired by the BBC series Sherlock, Vivi is rocking the titular role and her sidekick Jenkins rocks out as John Watson, while I, of course, am the apartment at 221B Baker Street.
I made the dress a few weeks ago using fabric printed with the wallpaper pattern of Sherlock and John’s living room. (Purchased from Spoonflower.) The cats’ costumes are purely imaginary, as no self-respecting cat would wear that ridiculous hat.
My favorite of this series so far is the green cargo skirt look from the 25th. That’s the one where I sort of figured out how I wanted these to look. And now I’m just working out the details and tough bits, and trying to push the poses.
I’ve been having tons o’ fun this week with my new drawing challenge, in which I render myself rocking out on the air guitar in whatever I wore the previous day. I’ve started calling the project *Rocked That Look* and it’s become a vital part of my daily coffee-and-Pinterest morning ritual. This week, while researching new pose reference images, (Hello Eddie, Jimi, and Jimmy,) I learned that the facial expression is an integral part of the guitar solo. One simply cannot play the air guitar without a proper Air Guitar Solo Face®. Other project parameters: Always vary the pose, and always push… push the media and materials, push the technique, push the movement and energy. Always keep it interesting, and above all else—no matter what—Rock. That. Look.
Also, I’m probably gonna need more boots in my life for this project to be successful…