With Halloween already here, I was in the mood to paint a Halloween themed illustration this morning. I was inspired by Kate Moss in a glamorous black mask with bunny ears, kinda the perfect Halloween costume.
Today, my mom and I are celebrating 28 years in the States! 💙 🇺🇸 ❤️
28 years ago today, the two of us moved to Los Angeles from Romania, with one suitcase and a few words of English between the two of us, but with so much excitement to be here we could barely contain it - an impossible dream that all of a sudden became our incredible reality! October 3rd is easily the happiest day of my life, followed by a close second, March 16, the day I became a proud American citizen more than 17 years ago.
The happiness, the culture shock, the disbelief that we actually moved to the promise land, aka California, to start the better parts of our lives are still so vivid in my memory. I remember telling myself on that miraculous day, almost three decades ago, that anything I will EVER do or accomplish from that day forward will be just the cherry on top. Because, as far as I was concerned, I had made the biggest, greatest dream I'd ever had come true! A true miracle! 💙
‘Gib, Gib, come to California!’ was playing over and over in my head as we arrived at LAX in the middle of the night. The line Anthony Edwards says to John Cusack in ‘The Sure Thing’ as he’s hanging out by the pool in the dead of winter - one of the few but precious references I had to lead me as a young girl on my quest to some day live in LA, and it was actually, finally HAPPENING! ❤️
And here I am, so many years later, as grateful and incredibly happy to live an amazing life as a proud American, in this beautiful country of ours that I felt was home long before I moved here, celebrating each day and thankful I get to live here. On top of it all, it feels amazing to be going on 6 years since moving back to my beloved LA again, where it all began 28 years ago, always an LA girl at heart, and to live my dream in the only place that’s ever felt like my true home. 💙
Happy 28th anniversary, mommy! @ariclia 🥂 I love you and thank you SO much for all your sacrifices and for your constant unconditional love and support! Here’s to 28 more amazing years here at home! God bless America! 😘💙🇺🇸❤️✨
Are you as excited as I am about October and Halloween at the end of the month? Thought so! Every October 1st I get super excited about Halloween, and I start thinking about costume ideas. I love Halloween so much that sometimes I make 2 or 3 costumes and wear them at different parties, or even just during the day around town or during my work day.
This year I’m leaning towards being a unicorn. Ya know, a rainbow of color, gold unicorn horn and lots of gold and sparkle! Gotta get my color and sparkle fix! ;)
And of course, your calendar for October was inspired by my unicorn dreams, so I give you: Unicorn Girl!
I hope you like Unicorn Girl, and maybe she’ll even inspire you to get going on your Halloween costume early on this year – I know I will!
Take pics of your colorful Unicorn Girl in the space where she inspires you daily and share them with me on Instagram: use the hashtag #ctudorcalendar and tag me @thecristinatudor so I can see them! It would make my day, and I would love to feature your pics on my Instagram! And I definitely want to see pics of your Halloween costume this year, too :)
If your friends need some Halloween inspiration, or you just want to brighten their day, please share my website cristinatudor.com with them so they can download Unicorn Girl, too - if they sign up for the calendar at any time during the month of October, she will arrive immediately in their inbox.
Didn't get my Unicorn Girl? Subscribe at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. It's super easy! And share my website with your friend and family so they can get my free calendar every month, too!
I remember always feeling so excited at the start of a new school year, back in the day, when summer break lasted all the way until September: new school supplies, new outfits, the smell of brand new, unopened notebooks and freshly sharpened pencils ... And all the possibilities that a fresh new beginning would bring! My FREE CALENDAR for September, Nerdy Girl, was inspired by those memories for your September calendar.
Are you ready for the start of fall? Are your kids going back to school? Or perhaps you're starting a fresh new school year this September?
I hope you bring Nerdy Girl along with you to whatever new adventures this September brings you. Take pics of her in the space where she inspires you daily and share them with me on Instagram: use the hashtag #ctudorcalendar and tag me @thecristinatudor so I can see them! It would make my day, and I would love to feature your pics of the calendar on my Instagram! :))
Didn't get my Nerdy Girl? Subscribe on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. It's super easy! And share my website with your friend and family so they can get my free calendar every month, too!
Enjoy the calendar!
Super excited to announce the launch of my IGTV channel on Instagram today at @thecristinatudor! I love sharing my live painting process with you all, which is how I pant live at events like weddings, retail, fashion and entertainment events. And Instagram's new feature is just perfect for sharing all my behind-the-scenes with you!
To start my IGTV channel, I chose to paint a portrait of the beautiful Luna Castilho, a stunning model and TV host from Brazil who loves supporting and empowering women. She also happens to be a model for one of my favorite bridal designers, Matthew Christopher, which is how I first came across her on Instagram and was inspired to paint her portrait.
For this painting, based on one of Luna's Instagram pics, I used acrylic paints on paper and painted straight on the blank paper, cold, without drawing any preliminary sketches, using only her photo as reference.
So whose fashion illustration or portrait do you want me to paint next on IGTV? Is there someone whose style you admire, a famous bride whose dress you love, or an actress/singer who inspires you? A strong woman who inspires you? Don’t hold back, flood my comments, I would LOVE to get suggestions from you guys for painting subjects!
Follow along @thecristinatudor on Instagram to see who I pick for my next video and to see if your choice made the cut! ;) See you guys on IGTV!
I recently connected with LA beauty @doreengal and we bonded over our common love of LA and fashion. So, naturally, we decided to collaborate in a way that combines these two things we both love.
For our collaboration, I illustrated Doreen wearing this regal Nordstrom gown by Aidan Mattox to a wedding in Beverly Hills.
Love the understated print and soft colors on this voluminous skirt! With her flowing locks, pointy toe heels and minimal clutch, Doreen looks like the belle of the ball!
Summer’s here, yay! I’m so excited! Did I tell you summer is my favorite season? What’s not to love: the sun, the warm nights, and of course living in flip flops ;-)
June’s free calendar, Summer Girl, was inspired by all things summer: longer days, fresh summer fruit, the sun on your face, an explosion of colors, free flowing fun weekends, road trips and going to the beach surrounded by all the beautiful palm trees here in Los Angeles - which, if you’ve been following me for a while, you know all about my palm tree obsession lol. Everything is brighter, juicier and more fun in the summer, amiright?
To download my June FREE CALENDAR Summer Girl click on the 'Subscribe' button on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings. That's it, super easy!
Enjoy the calendar!
With Mother’s Day coming up on May 13 this year, I was inspired by moms and all they do for us. My FREE CALENDAR for May, Glam Girl, is dedicated to all the moms out there, including my own :-) If you’re a mom, I hope you get to spend the day with your kids and loved ones and you take some time for yourself to recharge.
And if you’re not a mom yourself, like me, enjoy the day and celebrate your mom, or simply use the day as an excuse to stop and take a deep breath.
Better yet, make the month of May an entire month of self-care: read your fave books or magazines, take relaxing bubble baths, go on nice walks and listen to a book or podcast, or just get dressed up for no reason at all except simply to celebrate your life and a fresh spring season.
To get Glam Girl this month, subscribe on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings, and she's on her way to you. Super easy!
Hope you like the Glam Girl and you pin her up in a space where she can inspire you and make you smile throughout the day!
Happy Mother's Day!
I'm excited to reveal to you my FREE CALENDAR for April today, Bunny Girl. When I painted this month's calendar, I was inspired by all things Easter and by yellow daffodils, which are one of my favorite spring flowers.
To download my April FREE CALENDAR Bunny Girl click on the 'Subscribe' button on my blog page at cristinatudor.com, add your name and email, and check the 'Email' box in the subscription settings. That's it, it's super easy!
Enjoy the calendar!
Welcome! I'm Cristina Tudor, a Los Angeles-based fashion illustrator, and I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events.
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