A short while ago, my mom’s husband, Bob, made a special request for a portrait of their cute little dog, Pucki (sounds like cookie). She’s just over a year old, a mix of chiuhuahua and terrier, with a definite strong lean on the terrier side: she looks like a terrier, and she’s a total live wire, this one! :-) Complete with chewing on Bob’s slippers and leaving them in a million bits and pieces, jumping excitedly on everyone, and slipping in a quick face lick when you least expect it, haha! She’s a total cutie pie, a little miss smartie, and she’s loads of fun! And with a face like this, who could resist her! So she became my new project as a birthday present for Bob.
Happy birthday, Bob!
My mission to paint her cute and lively little face, and all that long fur hanging all over her ears was so much fun! She’s quite a character, and she brings so much joy to both my mom, Ari, and to her husband Bob. They we both so happy to see her portrait, and loved how much it looked like her :-)
Here she is, the little spoiled diva who gets chicken breast for treats, with Bob, next to her very own portrait, in a millisecond of holding still :-)
Happy birthday, Bob! May you and mom enjoy Pucki and her portrait for many, many years to come! Love you, guys!
This gorgeous Valentino dress, worn by the beautiful Lily Collins, completely caught my eye! I love the print and the colors, and as always, Valentino creates fantastic proportions with placement of prints. And of course, Lily Collins looks amazing in it!
I used to avoid illustrating patterns. I think that's mostly because I'm very meticulous by nature, and when I would work on detailed paintings and drawings, I would always get lost in the details and spend a great deal of time getting every little part of it just right.
In the past year, I've been very inspired by fantastic illustrators like Meagan Morrison of Travel Write Draw to become more adventurous and to capture a feel, a gesture, rather than to literally painting every little detail. This was definitely a challenge for me, as detail-oriented as I am, but once I started to keep this new focus in mind, it became easier and easier to let go of the control and to experiment. Painting directly on paper without first adding a pencil drawing for guidance is also making a big difference. I'm enjoying the freedom of this process more with each illustration, and I find that painting more loosely is also adding so much more energy to my illustrations.
Adding contrasting black to pop the dress into the foreground brings those vibrant colors into focus.
And here is the illustration, in progress, next to the inspiration, the very lovely Lily Collins.
Valentine Hearts everywhere! It's their first Valentine's Day, and their hearts are beating as one ... You can find a print of this romantic V Day print in my shop.
This was fun to paint free-hand, with no initial pencil sketch, and to try to get the gesture of the kiss with only a few brush strokes.
Action shot of adding the red dress hearts, with the watercolor freshly painted.
And adding the black contrasting background.
The kiss deepens ...
Getting in the mood for Valentine’s Day: painting lots of reds and pinks! For a print of this illustration, please visit my shop.
This photo of a gorgeous Marchesa Fall-Winter 2013 fuchsia gown inspired me to let loose with a few suggestive brush strokes and some black contrast drama for a quick sketch.
Straight to watercolor sketching, no pencil these days ... mostly. Like learning to let go of crutches ...
And jumping to black for added drama.
Action shot, with my watercolor palette in the background.
With Valentine's Day fast approaching, I was inspired to paint a V-Day kiss and to experiment with a looser watercolor style. It's good to show some love to that untapped potential that comes with getting outside of your own comfort zone. And this Valentine's, I'd like to do just that.
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To Valentine Kisses!
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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