I had a great time illustrating Our Epic Guide To Fab Skin At Every Age for Refinery 29. I got to depict every decade of life/beauty from 20′s-70′s. There are some really great tips in the article and while I always wear SPF in the summer I’m mostly lax about it in the spring. Actually I ordered this cute hat after reading all of this because nothing can protect like completely shading right? Check out the article and my illos. Don’t you just love Refinery 29?
I recently came across these strikingly beautiful looks. Red is such an incredible color.
I’ve always loved Richard Avedon’s work. What an incredible career and bounty of images he’s captured and put into the world. I thought it would be interesting to share some of the man himself along with these poignant quotes:
Sometimes I think all my pictures are just pictures of me. My concern is… the human predicament; only what I consider the human predicament may simply be my own.
My portraits are more about me than they are about the people I photograph.
- self portrait
- another portrait
If you are a New Yorker you have seen the new season of Mad Men poster whooshing by on the side of buses. It immediately takes you back to that those halcyon days of mid-century illustration. As an illustrator with a pretty busy workload I feel so grateful because I know that the use of illustration has waned greatly since then and probably will continue to. I love how painting styles float in and out of fashion and can be re-born for a modern day while paying homage to the past. mid-century illustration techniques are so in vogue at the moment. It was great when The New York Times looked up the illustrator of said poster and found out that it was illustrator Brian Sanders whose work graced hundreds of ads, magazines and book covers in the 60′s.
How great is this story?:
Matthew Weiner, inspired by a childhood memory of lush, painterly illustrations on T.W.A. flight menus, decided to turn back the promotional clock. He pored over commercial illustration books from the 1960s and ’70s and sent images to the show’s marketing team, which couldn’t quite recreate the look he was after.
“Finally,” he said, “they just looked up the person who had done all these drawings that I really loved, and they said: ‘Hey, we’ve got the guy who did them. And he’s still working. His name is Brian Sanders.
Sanders is now 75 with an incredible body of work behind him… and ahead.
Somehow the entire week slipped away from me without a post. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
- Working on projects for Refinery 29, MilkX Magazine (Hong Kong) and look book illos for Shiny Squirrel.
- Looking for signs of spring around Madison Square Park with Henry (Hyacinths, forsythias, magnolias and tulips).
- Listening to Beach House over and over and over and over.
- Building lego trucks with Henry.
- Breakfast with Brvtvs at The Breslin (I really should have my own table there). Here’s a selfie of me in one of their antique mirrors.
- Dinner with Tara Donne and Dana McClure (college pals) at The Jade Hotel.
- Going out tonight to see this strange 70′s movie with Jack Nicholson (We’ll never tire of seeing NYC back in the day). Thank you to my lovely in laws for babysitting!
Isn’t it amazing how light you feel when spring rolls into town? Have a wonderful weekend. We’re thinking of checking out the John Singer Sargent watercolors at the Brooklyn Museum of Art on Saturday).
Flower images above:
- Wild Folk Studio
- Vintage stamp
- Liberty of London (via Frolic)
p.s if you want to listen to me on Employee of the Month here’s the link.