easy going with a grandpa cardi

Today’s Illustration:
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 asoslace 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!