Today's Muse Monday is brought to you by this lovely flamingo. While looking for inspiration, I kept coming back to this photo. The color combo and the feathers are so striking, but did you know that their color actually comes from their diet? The more vibrant their color, the more their food has that pigmentation (shrimp, crustaceans, etc). Just a fun fact for you on this Monday. As I was working on what to make from this photo, the idea of a fun hat and feather skirt came to me. This would actually make a really cute halloween costume if you wanted something creative yet still stylish. The hat makes me think of London, with all the fancy fascinators the Brits tend to wear to events. Why don't we do that here in the U.S.? It's such a fun way to accessorize any outfit. Anyhow, enough of my rambling... here's my Muse Monday drawing for this week.
As I was scrolling through my pinterest feed the other day, I stumbled across the above photo of a French café. I was looking for inspiration for my father's day card and this was it. It's not what you would think of for a card for you dad, until you know why this struck me instantly. My dad is known for his English Toffee. I mean KNOWN for it. He's been making it for as long as I can remember. The recipe is a family secret that was passed down from my grandmother who actually owned a candy shop. My dad has tried to teach me said recipe multiple times, but for some reason, mine don't come out like his. He uses his senses to make it. Not temperature or time. He just knows when it's the right temp or consistency to remove from the heat and pour into the pan to cool. And then there's the tempering of the chocolate. He's perfected a blend of chocolates that work for his recipe.
Over the last few years, he's expanded his offerings to include dark and milk chocolate caramels, mint creams that taste just like peppermint patties, as well as raspberry, orange, and maple creams. All of which have been big hits will all my friends who benefit from his hobby. This all lead to what I was searching for as inspiration for a card for him. I wanted to make a candy store, but not just any candy store. In my head I had envisioned a small, chic french boutique that would beg you to come inside and see all that was to be had. When I found this image, I knew it was the basis for what I wanted to create. The inspiration image lead to my illustration:
One more look at the inspiration to final card. I'm happy with how it turned out and more importantly my dad loved it!
Paper: Stampers Select White (Papertrey Ink), Night (Paper Source), Indigo Print (Craft Smith - Paper Pad), Envelope in Pure White (Paper Source)
Drawing done with Copic Sketch Markers, Prismacolor White Pencil, Copic Mulitliner Pen
I had forgotten how much I loved the movie The Devil Wears Prada until we watched it again last weekend. We had plans to sit outside on the patio all afternoon with friends, but stormy weather pushed us inside and we decided a movie day would be perfect.
Meryl Streep's performance was stellar, but oh how I LOVE Emily Blunt. I forgot just how great she was in this movie. The facial expressions, eye rolls, and sharp one liners. Brilliant. And then there's the clothes. They could be the supporting cast. That vogue closet. I have dreams of that closet. I can only imagine what treasures it must contain. I love seeing Ande's transformation from frumpy to fabulous. The first time she walks into the office in Chanel and Emily's jaw drops in shock. So.well.done. And the montage they show with her coming into the building in different outfits as each clip. I want them all. Deciding on my three favorites was difficult. I could really have chosen more. The outfits I chose to draw here were the ones I gravitated to. Mostly because they are all outfits I would wear as well and really are timeless with a few edits.