Last Wednesday, for Week 21 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories, I had the honor to not only meet one of my favorite authors, Chris Guillebeau, but to also paint live watercolor portraits at his book signing event for his new book ‘Side Hustle, From Idea To Income in 27 Days’.
I've been following Chris for a few years now, I've read two of his amazing books, 'The $100 StartUp' and 'Born for This', and I've been listening to his daily podcast 'Side Hustle School' since January 1st, 2017, when it first came out. In fact, he is my virtual running buddy as I listen to his podcast during my runs ;-) His ideas and teachings have been influential in my 5-year long side hustle as an illustrator, and then in my transition to doing this full time. So you can imagine just how excited I was to finally meet him and to paint at his event at General Assembly in Santa Monica!
So great to meet you, Chris! Thanks for having me, I had a blast hearing your presentation, and I can’t wait to read your new book #SideHustleBook Looking forward to even more useful insights!
Chris, aka @193countries, is on a 100-city tour, with LA last week as his second stop on the tour - check out the rest of the cities on his tour here, he's 'almost done' as he says, with about 90 or so cities to go as of now ;-)
At the Santa Monica book signing, I got to meet other side hustlers and hear their inspiring stories. And I got to paint portraits of some very lovely people.
Soumya, one of the beautiful ladies I met and whose portrait I painted, said: ‘Words fail me to express how Cristina made me fall in love with myself! MUAH #Gratitude. If God made me in flesh 'n blood, Cristina expressed me in watercolors in a way that God had to do a second take, “Did I create her?!” The power of her portrait is divinity in itself.’
Wow, I am so honored and humbled, Soumya! Thank you so much for your kind words, I am blown away!! So happy that I could make a difference and bring this kind of joy to you with my work. It was a pleasure meeting you! @essence.butterfly
Liza Jane was also happy with her portrait: ‘You are an incredible artist and I enjoyed watching you create light, airy and very evocative portraits. It's truly something I will always treasure and a great way to remember this night.’ Thank you so much, Liza Jane, I'm so happy you love your portrait! It was great to meet you and hope we cross paths again soon! @ladyadventureress
Everyone’s reaction blew my mind and reminded me of the reason I do what I do: to bring joy to people, to shift their perception of themselves, and to remind them that they are each unique and beautiful!
Thank you to everyone who waited for portraits, I am so happy I got to meet you all! See you guys next time!
Follow me on Instagram to find out where I'll be painting live next week - it's a surprise, and all I can tell you right now is that it's going to be a much larger scale event than I've done so far, and it has to do with DTLA :-)
Last week, for for Week 20 of my 52 Live Fashion Stories I got inspired by a YouTube video of a live model, Marisa, posing in real time. A fun way to mix it up!
Check out my video of painting from a video ;-)
Super excited to get my brand new MOO business cards!! I totally love them! Thanks MOO, what a fantastic job!
Spoiler alert: new website coming soon! ;-)
This is my daily view here in LA on my morning runs :-) It never gets old.
Check out more fun facts about my morning routine in this Instagram post.
Inspired by Katy Perry's Instagram stories, trying on makeup designs for her upcoming 'Witness' tour.
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This year I was most inspired by Desigual at New York Fashion Week 2017. The fun head pieces, the explosion of color, the playful designs, not to mention a runway full of movement! So much fun!
On Friday I went to a beach party in Santa Monica with old architecture co-workers and my bestie, Natalie. So I treated myself to some plein air painting of beach-club lifestyle and fresh patio fashions for Week 19 of 52 Live Fashion Stories! Yaasss!!
The finished piece.
No trip to the beach is complete without at least a toe dip in the ocean! :-)
A little inspiration, a little toe dipping ...
So excited for the brand-new September/October 2017 issue of the Sew Sew Def magazine that just came out today! You can check it out here, along with my two new pattern illustrations for the sewing freebies in this issue: The Mimi, a relaxed and flattering batwing dress, and The Levine, men’s cargo pants with pockets and seam detailing.
And check out the previous magazine issues, too: Issue 01, Issue 02, Issue 03 and Issue 04.
I had soooo much fun illustrating these two new patterns!
The Mimi feels as easy breezy as the iconic white Carrie Bradshaw Halston Heritage in Sex and the City 2.
And The Levine cargos are awesome, with their skinny profile and cargo pockets!
Lots of fun in the studio this long Labor Day weekend, and I couldn't wait for the magazine to come out today! :-)
Stay tuned for the next issue coming out in November.
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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