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.
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! :))
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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!
A few weeks ago, I shared my story of how I became an artist and illustrator with VoyageLA, an awesome magazine known for fostering collaboration and support for independent artists and entrepreneurs while showcasing the more personal side of Los Angeles. I'm super excited to announce that my interview with VoyageLA is now out, check it out here to find out more about my background, my art and illustration business and the excitements and challenges I encounter along the way. Thank you, VoyageLA, for your amazing support and for sharing my story!
Hope you guys enjoy it! If you do, please drop me a line in the comments below, I'd love to hear your thoughts or any questions you may have for me :)
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!
Today I am ending my year-long project 52 Live Fashion Stories with a fashion portrait of model Nicolle I painted live yesterday for the final week of my project, Week 52. I am so excited to complete this project, woohooo!! You can see more of it on Instagram.
I cannot believe I've been painting live for a full year now, you guys!! Can you believe it? I still remember the first time I put myself out there, on Week 1, and asked a perfect stranger at Jones Coffee in my neighborhood to pose for me for a live portrait! No pressure lol. Check out that very first experience, 52 weeks ago, here.
And today, I can tell you I have long ago surpassed any feelings of nervousness or anxiety about painting live. Within a few weeks it felt 'normal' and comfortable. Oftentimes the fear of something is greater than the actual experience, and all we have to do is take action to move past that fear. Before we know it, we are on the other side of it.
I am so happy that I pushed my limits and that I created this structure and challenge for myself. I'm excited to move forward and to conquer new fears and to reach new milestones. Wishing the very same for you, too!
A big thank you for coming along this experience with me, you guys are the best! As a thank you, sign up for my free fashion illustration calendar delivered in your inbox each month - sign up above: click on the 'Subscribe Here' button at the top of my blog page.
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Live model Aussie was my subject for a live fashion portrait yesterday, for Week 51 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories. Next week will mark a full year I've painted something live every week :-) Follow me on Instagram to see more about my painting process and behind-the-scenes.
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Yesterday I painted model Susan's live fashion portrait for Week 50 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories. I can't believe it's been almost a year of painting fashion and portraits live, two more weeks to go! Follow me on Instagram to see more behind-the-scenes.
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Model Nicolle is great, her poses are always fun and interesting. So it's no surprise that I chose her once again for a live fashion portrait yesterday for Week 49 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories. Follow me on Instagram to see more about my painting process.
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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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