Great news all! My Skillshare course: Fashion Illustration Basics: From Form to Function is enrolling now!
Please use (and share!) that link to sign up, if you’re interested. The course costs $19 USD and spans 5 sections with 8 video lessons.
It’s a beginner (or refresher course) level class that focuses on gesture drawing, anatomy and proportions, linework, and completing three fashion illustrations.
I’m also on-hand as much as possible for the next month (the class goes live December 12th, but will remain online forever), or more, with feedback, additional drawings, blog posts/letters on there, etc.
I’d really appreciate it if you can tweet, FB, tumblr, pinterest, etc the hell out of this course, as I’m marketing for the next couple weeks and really hope for a few dozen student at launch.
This is the first online course I’ve taught, with a more on the way in the new year, and I really hope it goes well so I can continue teaching while working freelance.
The first 15 people to use the coupon code FASHION will get 15% off the class. So enrolling early has benefits. ;)
Doodled while watching zambicandy draw stuff. inspired by kirsten ulve and 60s fashion (hence the gap tooth and twiggy lashes).
So cute. Like little dolls. I want to run around in outfits like these. Me and my thunder thighs.
On the subject of expression
One of the worst things art can do isn’t to offend someone. It’s to cause a person to disregard the offense someone has at the art simply because they are not offended.
Take this “African Queen” shoot that’s making the rounds this week.
I linked to that particular article because unlike the rest, it shows more of the fashion spread.
Now, reading comments on various news sources (Jezebel, huffPo, commentary on Model Mayhem, etc) most agree that painting a while model black is offensive. Then there’s some that say things like “There are white people in Africa” (yes, yes there are — but why is she in black face?) or "How is this offensive? They chose to make a creative decision and paint a white person black. Maybe she is what they were looking for, except for skin color. People need to stop being so sensitive over everything."
That’s the quote that killed me. This person (white guy — but others have this opinion as well) fells that since they aren’t offended, it doesn’t matter if others are. Instead of listening to the reasons why others are offended, he writes them off as being overly sensitive.
This post isn’t about the African Queen spread. I’ve found myself reading, between work projects, countless articles and blog posts about art that offends someone, what their reasons are, and the reactions people have to them.
Take some other photography…like…a JC Penney catalog. I can’t ignore people when they say something offends them, but unlike the fashion spread above, this one is more about an organization being offended that their homophobic views aren’t supported by a retailer.
I think listening to others and not disregarding their offense but still finding it to be disagreeable (and downright hateful) is different than deciding people are “overly sensitive”. To say someone is being sensitive lightly points at the issue being wrong, but not wrong enough to care.
Art can offend. It can express whatever you wish. If you also wish for your viewer to not be hurt, then it’s up to you to change your expression to accomplish that (depending on who is being offended, mind you, and what their reasons are). If your intention is to hurt, however, then whether someone’s offended won’t matter to you. I will defend anyone’s freedom to express what they wish, but that doesn’t mean that their art is above criticism.
One of the greatest things art can do is make you feel.
Fellow Whovians, let us rejoice!
Geeky Glamorous an art show celebrating girl geeks, opens February 2nd in Los Angeles! Please R.S.V.P. on Facebook!
Geeky Glamorous Show at JapanLA happening tonight! If you’re in the area, check it out!!
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SO excited. All flats, heels, and sneakers are in stock! 26 different pairs of Acrylicana shoes available in sizes 5-10 (US Womens’).
Model: Sophie Darling
Photographer: Ka Xiong
Promo edits/artwork: Acrylicana