So what happens when you discover that your driver’s license has been expired for more than 6 months?? (GASP!)
Well, first you feel incredibly grateful and thankful that no cop has pulled you over during this whole time lol.
Second, you rush to the DMV that very same day and wait in a 3-hour line wrapped around the building, on a Friday, their busiest day of the week, on a beautiful and sunny a 90-degree summer day. And you simultaneously roast and melt in the sun while you wait.
And you’re grateful.
And you make the most of it. Like you do your live sketching for Week 12 of your 52 Live Fashion Stories from both unsuspecting subjects and willing ones while you wait in line. ;-) Cuz art sometime happens in the most unexpected of places ... even at the DMV!
The lady waiting in front of me was wearing a cute pink cutout shirt with her lacy peek-a-boo undergarment straps showing, reminding me of Madalynne lingerie. I just had to sketch her, as she unknowingly continued talking on the phone.
And then I turned around to the lady behind me, Louise, who kindly agreed to pose for a quick portrait sketch. I did miss my watercolors, and I did have a small travel set with me that I bring everywhere, but there was no way I could hold my watercolors set, my water container and my small sketchbook and paint while standing in line! In the sun!! So pencil sketching it was.
I was so happy to be doing something I love, not to mention something productive, while waiting in line for so long. And before I knew it, Louise and I started chatting, and I found out all sorts of interesting things about her, like the fact that she’s a quilter and she once quilted her own portrait on a modern quilt of her own design! Go figure, another artist! I was happy to get to know the story behind yet another one of my portrait models!
All's well that ends well: after melting in the sun, I managed to make it inside the DMV office long before closing time, and I am now the proud owner of a brand new (unexpired) driver's license ;-)
I'm Cristina Tudor, a Beverly Hills fashion illustrator. I paint live illustrations at fashion, retail, entertainment, bridal and lifestyle events for clients such as David Yurman x Galia Lahav, Badgley Mischka, Bloomingdale's, Warner Bros. Studios, Diptyque Paris, Ted Baker London, Eric Buterbaugh x Beverly Hills EB Florals, and Survey Monkey, among others.
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