jacquard dot shirt Trovata (or $ WetSeal and $$ Free People), men’s cardigan Hilfiger Denim (or $$ Urban Outfitters), denim shorts Gilly Hicks (or $ asos), dot socks American Eagle Outfitters (or $ Macy’s), black tights asos, lace up ankle bootie Steve Madden (or $$$ Tory Burch)
When people first hear I work as a designer/illustrator, they imagine laughter, painting and lots of freedom. But, at the end of the day work is work. And no matter how great a job can seem… sometimes it (sadly) boils down to the bottom line. Don’t get me wrong – there is a lot of fun and laughter in the creative field. (And, some are lucky enough to have a job where you create whatever you want boundlessly.) But, for me it is a constant balance of fun and reality. In my opinion one of the hardest things is maintaining creative self-satisfaction.
A few of you asked how often I draw or what kind of things I do to practice. Something very important to me (thanks, RISD) is classical live figure drawing (yes, nude.) Even if your goal is stylized illustration, a strong traditional foundation is a key place to start. A mentor said “you have to know the rules to break them.” I think anyone passionate about something can relate: you always want to continue learning and growing in your field. Do you have any rituals or activities you do to stay engaged?
V.Ng and I found a sweet little session in Hoboken and we decided to check it out. It was a very cool atmosphere, laid back and fun. We will definitely go back.
I spent the day with the BFF and also caught up with a friend visiting from Cali. I pulled this outfit together because it would stand up to the day’s activities and a night of charcoal. I also wanted to capitalize on the unusually warm weather in NYC. Here’s to shorts with tights – and drawing!