You guys, I am so excited to announce the launch of my T-shirt designs for Clean Food Dirty Girl! Check them out here.
I've been collaborating with Molly Patrick and Luanne Teoh of CFDG for T-shirt designs for a few months, and we have 10 winners ! For the process and path that led us here, check out my previous posts here, here and here.
My artwork is now available on the CFDG website for T-shirts, mugs, totes, caps and other merchandise.
And while you're there, subscribe to Molly's newsletter for weekly whole foods, plant-based recipes. Molly's emails are full of wisdom, great advice and touching stories, always infused with a healthy dose of humor. I love getting her email every Saturday in my inbox and trying new recipes! I've made a whole bunch of her healthy and delicious recipes such as the Cheesy Sauce, Tahini Crack (aka T-crack), Rich Dessert Bites and the Simple Veggie Bean Soup, just to name a few.
So head on over to Molly's website to check out some yummy recipes and to see all 10 of my artwork designs in action :-)
Thank you so much Molly, Luanne and Clean Food Dirty Girl for allowing me to tell your story! What a fun and captivating experience!
Beets are one of the most nutritious veggies out there, and every time I cook or juice them, I fall in love all over again with their rich red, almost purple color! It's like nature's best watercolor! So for this T-shirt, I made the humble beet the ambassador for the Clean Food Dirty Girl message to eat more 'whole food plant based' foods.
You can take the girl out of the 'dirty', but you can't take the 'dirty' out of the girl! In this tongue-in-cheek design I wanted to play with layers of puns and to bring in references personal to Molly. I used the turquoise color of her fab headphones for the bathtub and added the kitty, since she loves cats so much. But this may be the only time you'll ever see Molly anywhere near a chandelier!
Molly's cheesy sauce, one of my favorite Clean Food Dirty Girl recipes, is what brought us together and is what started this fun collaboration. So I definitely wanted to design a T-shirt featuring this golden yumminess.
Every time I get one of Molly's emails with a new recipe, I get hungry. Like in 10 seconds flat! Like, feed me now!! This is what I picture when I think of Clean Food Dirty Girl: a mouth always hungry for tasty and nutritious plant based food.
This is my view of the Clean Food Dirty Girl chick: she has an edge, and she's not afraid to show she cares about her body and her well being. She's proudly wearing a whole foods plant based statement earring to show who she is. We are all complex being with varied interests and so is the CFDG community. Don't be afraid to express who you are, in any way that rings true to you!
T-Crack (Tahini Crack) was a popular suggestion for a T-shirt from so many of you. This is one CFDG insider joke you'll be happy to explain every time! I was inspired by Molly's consistent message to practice self-love and self-acceptance and to act the same towards others. I used a rainbow of pride colors as the background for the T-Crack message as an extra layer of meaning that felt so appropriate and uplifting for this T-shirt, and also as a personal touch to Molly and Luanne's story.
As soon as the T-shirts went up in the store, I ordered a test sample, and it was so exciting to get the package in the mail and trying on my very first T-shirt design :-) Super psyched!
My day job as an architect comes with some unique experiences. Like volunteering to help our local downtown Los Angeles community. This year, the global architecture company I work for, DLR Group, celebrated 50 years of practice. And to honor the half a century the company has been in business and the rich DLR Group history, we decided to contribute to a local organization named Jovenes, Inc., which helps local young people and families at-risk succeed with valuable resources and skills.
Some of the things they needed at the time we reached out to them to offer our volunteer services were two new canopies, a few benches, creating a fresh new garden and help with painting a wall mural.
The wall mural was designed by two of their young members who are talented artists in the making. I joined the mural painting group because I had never painted a mural before, and I wanted that new experience while still helping out. The two artists had already sketched the mural parts on the wall before our volunteer day, and we helped them start to paint it.
Working on the mural turned out to be so much fun! It was great to connect with young kids who are excited about creating and who have so much to say through their artwork. So much energy and passion!
But I have to admit, painting a large wall mural, with the sun beating down on us in temps above 90 and sweating like crazy was maybe a little different than painting my usually small watercolors sitting on my comfy couch with the AC on ;-) Little did I know, it was not exactly a walk in the park, but it was so engaging to change the scale and perspective, and at the end of the day, it was amazing to see it all start to come together! We made great progress in just one day and, with their guidance, we helped the two young artists' concept and vision start to come to life.
I have a completely new understanding of what it takes to paint a wall mural, and I have a lot of respect for artists who work with this challenging medium.
While I was having fun painting the mural, the construction was well on the way for other groups of our volunteers.
Keith working hard building one of the canopies.
Chuy absorbed in his task.
With my buddy, Jose, getting ready for some freshly made tacos at lunch.
Not just a pretty architect face: Chuy has mad climbing skills!
Keith and Jose putting together one of the two canopies. Way to go, guys!
Architects, engineers and interior designers, monkeying around one of the finished canopy. We work hard and play hard!
With Isabel (left), our admin extraordinaire, and Liz (right), who is not just an architect, but also a talented photographer. Liz took most of the photos here, and you can find more of her awesome work at elizabethsierra.com Thanks for letting me use your photos, Liz, what great memories!
I'm thankful I got the chance to practice a new painting skill while giving back to our community. At the end of the day, it was very rewarding to contribute to an organization that helps so many and to spend some time with my friends and coworkers on a beautiful LA day!
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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