Amy Schumer is one of the funniest actors today! She is so natural and effortless in front of the camera, and her delivery is spot on. I mean, Trainwreck anyone?? Hysterical! Congrats on the Golden Globe nomination! And the lady is as smart as she is funny: she wrote the movie, too! Double awesome!
Amy looked like a modern day princess in a Prabal Gurung gown with the classic black and white combo and off the shoulders cut. The white front narrowed down to give Amy the tiniest waist with such flattering lines, and let’s not forget the pockets, my fave modern feature in a gown. Those pockets put such a refreshing spin on a classic voluminous skirt! It’s easy to see why I was so inspired to illustrate this look.
It didn't hurt that this beautiful full gown allowed me to play with layers upon layers of shades of black, which I love mixing from various colors like blues, sepias and reds, until I get the shade of black to match what I'm looking for. I am in love with wet watercolor, I wish it would never dry! These textures remind me of wet asphalt on a rainy day. It's so much fun and so relaxing to watch watercolors flow freely ...
Amy looked so beautiful on the red carpet in this flowing gown! And still funny as ever: check out this video of Amy and Jennifer Lawrence presenting at the Globes, hilarious!
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A few months ago, I was commissioned by my friend Vana Chupp, the owner and creative director of Le Papier Studio, to paint her portrait as a gift for her husband. I was so excited for the chance to paint the portrait of such a lovely, sweet and talented lady, a beautiful friend, both inside and out.
Vana has been a personal inspiration to me for years, and I am constantly amazed by her drive and determination to create the beautiful life she was meant to live. She is such a successful entrepreneur and business woman, and her silhouette creations are both modern and timeless. You can see her inspiring work at Le Papier Studio, including the brand new gold and silver laser cut inscription jewelry, which can be personalized, and which can be worn alongside her silhouette jewelry.
Her gold laser cut charms are such a hit, she's even created two charms for herself, one of each of her two sons. However, the photograph she'd picked and sent me to use for her portrait was taken before she created her gold charms and didn't show her new special necklace. So, as a special touch, I surprised her by including the charms of her little boys in the painting! I thought this addition would include not only her beautiful face in her gift to her husband, but also both their boys! And I'm so happy she loved this small surprise!
I really enjoy adding all the details in a portrait, from the first layers of sketching and painting, to the last moments of adding the subtle details that create the final facial expression unique to that person. And of course, as a personal touch, a hand written note and the grift wrapping, which is just as important and fun as the actual portrait :-)
This is the inspiration photo of this lovely lady side by side with the finished portrait!
Vana's husband received the portrait as a Christmas gift, and it was a hit! I'm thrilled that they both love the portrait, and I'm so glad I could create a lasting memory for them both. I hope it brings them joy for many years to come!
If you would like to commission a portrait of your loved one, or perhaps one of yourself to give to someone close to you, please send me a message. I would be happy to work with you and to create such a unique gift!
Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s midnight blue Zuhair Murad Fall 2015 gown at the 73rd Golden Globes this month was exceptional! What a gorgeous gown, so dreamy! The silhouette had a classic shape, with a beautiful narrow waist and a bottom with ballgown fullness. The low cut made it very modern and fresh. Not to mention the pockets! I absolutely love pockets on a floor length full gown, and this year this modern detail made an appearance in more dresses than one. The shape, color and cut of this gown were sublime on Jenna, so flattering and a complete standout. Amazing couture from Zuhair Murad, again and again.
I also love this shade of dark navy blue! Starting with a linework sketch as usual, and working my way up to layers of this lovely color.
Watercoloring midnight blue is right up my alley, I’m always so attracted to shades of blue. And leaving something unfinished in the dress created layers of blues on the white paper, something watercolor does best in a way that's always a fascinating surprise. The layers of blue and white give it the illusion of sparkle, suggesting the celestial silver texture of the actual dress in my loose interpretation of it.
Congratulations to Jennifer Lawrence for winning a Golden Globe for her role as Joy! What a great performance, she is simply amazing and has such an ease about her in every movie role. Not to mention the rest of the great cast: Robert De Niro, Virginia Madsen, Bradley Cooper, Diane Ladd, Donna Mills, Isabella Rossellini … a fantastic ensemble cast in a story so uplifting and inspiring, especially to women.
The stunning Dior red dress Jennifer wore at the 73rd Golden Globe Awards this year looked flawless on her. The structure of this dress is amazing, it lends it an architectural feel. This is one major reason I was attracted to this dress and wanted to illustrate it … once an architect, always an architect. I started with a sketch of the flowing lines of its structure, and added the vibrant Dior red in several steps.
I love how Dior combined these strong modern lines with a classic color! The placement of the cutouts on this silhouette creates the perfect proportions and a very flattering look on Jennifer, while still leaving a lot to the imagination. The result is a perfect dress, and Jennifer looked so beautiful in it! Jennifer Lawrence and Dior are always a winning combination.
I celebrated New Year’s Eve 2015 in style: by painting! Valentino shoes, no less! And with a glass of bubbly in hand, too!! What a great way to set the tone for 2016! I can’t exactly complain about painting while sipping on a glass of champagne, but I’m not sure it’s a sustainable practice, as I ended up asleep by 11pm, before the New Year ball even dropped. Ha!
This stunning pair of Valentinos is just what dreams are made of. I can only imagine what it would be like to wear these shoes, I would probably feel like Cinderella. And seeing that I’m fast asleep by 11pm, maybe my shoes would never get a chance to catch midnight and turn into a pumpkin.
I used Martha Stewart liquid gold paint from Michael’s as an accent to the watercolors, and my beloved Swarovski crystals for the bow sparkles. Gold is a very new like for me, because before fall of 2015 I much preferred silver and didn’t buy anything gold. This paint is changing all that quickly, and I love the sparkle it adds to my paintings. It is the perfect backdrop for the Swarovski crystals! Just don’t ask me how I managed to place the crystals after an entire glass of champagne …
Thankfully I was back to my normal self in time to make it to the 2016 Rose Parade on New Year’s Day. My architecture office in Pasadena hosts a parade party every January 1st, and all the employees and their families get to attend and watch the parade from our office windows. Check out my Instagram feed @ct_sketches to see more photos and videos from the parade.
This was my first live Rose Parade, and I loved the experience. The previous year I had spent most of the night walking along Orange Grove, the street in Pasadena where all the floats get cued up the night before and get fully lit up all night long, open to the public for viewing before the parade. I got to see all the floats up close and personal while the parade staff added the finishing touches. And of course, this little adventure made it impossible to get up early enough to watch the parade live last year. But this year I relied on a glass (or two) of Korbel to get me to bed early. I got up in time to make it to the office and see the real thing. And the live parade did not disappoint!
Here’s to a New Year filled with sparkle, champagne and Valentino! Let's do this, 2016!
Christmas was so much fun and so relaxing for me. It was great to spend some down time painting and decorating my home and just getting into the spirit of the holidays. This Christmas was focused a lot on the color red, which made my home feel very festive and everything feel even more like Christmas for me. I love to DIY a lot of my holiday decorations, and this year I also painted Christmas Girl in her festive red dress to make my decorating more fun. I hung her on my wall as part of my home rotating ‘artist in residence’ exhibit … Get it? Artist in residence? ;-)
I imagined Christmas Girl got all dressed up for a fancy holiday affair (which I hardly ever do) and brought a small gift with her for a gift exchange with her friends. I mean, how often do we girls get to wear a dress like this, if ever, right?? And for me, it’s almost as much fun to paint this dress and imagine wearing it as it would be to actually be in it for one enchanting evening.
And who knows what special something might be hiding in that small, red-bowed box? Perhaps something as special as the awesome Serena Kojimoto stainless steel necklace I received for Christmas? Perhaps …
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 Chanel, Ferragamo, 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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