Recently, I created a watercolor design of new dance music duo Dumblonde. During high school I was originally a fan of Danity Kane, which Aubrey and Shannon, the members, were a part of. It was nice to use subjects that I’ve followed after all of this time that’s passed. Cyborg gave me the idea to use the girls so I have to definitely thank him for that. Before I got into this design, I decided to check out their music and try to get a feel of their sound & energy. I thought it would be a great asset to the design process to me. Looking at their music videos gives me a really free and trippy kind of vibe. I like to be like that sometimes with my art as well as unpredictable so this is right up my alley. I chose to go the watercolor route since doing a subject design to me would feel too much like that of their videos. I knew that this would be a cool idea from the start. Since this would be a two-person watercolor design, I got some inspiration from the design of the Veronicas (Two Become One) to keep the girls in the middle so they could be the main focus of the design. I wanted to go with a cool colors kind of scheme and I’m not sure why, but I think it was an amazing choice to be honest. I was going to be girly and vibrant but I felt like it would be too much. Lastly, what I chose to do was add in the four card suits, ♠♥♣♦. This was a very random move from me. The inspiration came from playing cards. Since the girls have a trippy and colorful vibe to their craft, I feel a lot like playing cards have that same effect. So there, I thought it would be cool to make this design feel like a playing card, which inspired the name, “Wildcard”. After finishing, I was happy with the way the design came out. Not only did it exceed my expectations, but I felt good knowing that I was able to take what I got from this group and create my own perspective on it. I love this design.
Well, I can’t believe how quick this summer has flown by. It’s already time for kids to head back to school. I am super thankful that I’ve been able to keep myself busy this summer and just dishing out designs back to back. I haven’t been posting as much as I usually do, mainly because I’ve been working so hard to dish out these huge posts of the work that I’ve been putting all of my focus towards. I can’t lie, I’ve been so apprehensive lately about the work that I have been doing. I’ve been so worried about the subject of copyrights, now learning to give credit where it is due and making sure I’m doing the right things and staying true to myself as an artist. One thing that I’ve always been for certain about is that I create these designs because I love them and love art as well. All positivity and love for me. I can’t see myself being an artist for any other reason than that. So, with that being said, let’s get into these amazing designs. As in the first cluster of the Summer Surprise Package, I showcased the recent designs of the summer season I’ve done. I wanted to follow suit and create something like that again: One to kick off the summer and another to bid a farewell to it. I’m super excited to showcase these new designs. I’ve had so much fun over the last couple of months creating different things and continuously being able to tell different stories through visuals. I want to thank everyone for the support, the guidance and really helping me realize how special my gift is. Talent is great but it truly means nothing without support. Without further ado, I give you the last of the summer surprise package.
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Today marks a very important and rough day for me. On August 2nd, 1997, life changed completely for me and my family. I lost my two younger brothers to the effects of hypothermia. There isn’t a day that goes by where I don’t think about my brothers, however there’s two days where the emotions are at a high, their birthday and this date. I contemplated on if I even wanted to make a blog post about this, but because this date means so much to me, I thought it would be great to really elaborate on and talk about. I was around 6 when this happened so it’s hard to explain what I felt in that moment, but the main thing I felt was guilt. I always wonder what life would be like if they were still here. I’d daydream about the person I might have been, or how they would’ve turned out. Even what our circumstances would be like. It sucks because they were just babies and I feel like they didn’t get a chance to really live their lives. Their personalities were out of this world though. I remember a lot of the moments that we’ve shared together. I am so glad to still remember those after all of this time because I have something to remind me of how happy they’ve made me feel. Even if we were kids at the time. In the spirit of my brothers, Andre & Anton, I’ve created a watercolor design to not only pay homage to them, but to really create a gift for myself. Sure, I have lot of pictures and things like that, but I really wanted to do something myself and really grieve through something that truly means a lot to me, which is my art. I’ve debated for a while on putting this up for the world to see because I didn’t want any of my family members stealing the picture and propping it everywhere like it’s theirs. It always hits a nerve for me because this isn’t just anyone, these are my brothers. This means a lot to me so I take it seriously. On the other hand, I really wanted to tell the story of this design, my most meaningful one out of all I’ve done. I thought it would be amazing to share, especially on my blog, and maybe someone can even relate to it. The main goal for me is to really tell my story and show people how much my artwork plays a part in my personal life. For the design, I used one of my favorite pictures of the boys. Also, I used their favorite colors: Blue and Green. That was a big deal for me…
Uhm, I’m sorry. I’m having a little trouble finishing this post because of how heavy this design makes my heart, but I’m really glad and actually a little excited to showcase it. Thank you Andre and Anton for being a part of my life, for teaching me so many things. You’ve helped me learn to laugh as much as I can, to have fun, and to not repeat mom’s phone conversations. Lol (*coughs Anton) I miss the both of you very much and wish you two were still here. However, I don’t question fate or God’s plan. I know he needs the both of you much more than I do. Continue to watch over the family and you’d better be singing those tutu choir songs up there in heaven. I swear nothing could shut the two of you up with those. Lol if nothing else, I love the both of you. Very much. I’ll always do my best to make the both of you proud of your sister.
Lately, it’s been tough to find a lot of inspiration and creativity when it comes to art and the different subjects I’ve wanted to experiment with. Timing is truly a blessing in disguise. Cyborg has been listening to a lot of the band, One Direction. He’s been sharing his feelings on a lot of their songs, basically becoming a die hard fan. I usually don’t get into much of the newer music, but I always take Cy’s opinions on music seriously because he’s an artist himself and to me, nobody loves it the way that he does. For the last week or so, he’s sent me a lot of their songs and has even put me on to some of their video diaries on YouTube. I must say, these guys are not only super talented, but so silly that I’ve been close to tears laughing at their videos. I got an amazing idea to create designs of the members: Harry Styles, Louis Tomlinson, Liam Payne, Niall Horan, and Zayn Malik, despite his recent departure from the group. I was so excited to get into these designs. I honestly feel now like I know the guys personally, that’s how much I vibe with the group. I wouldn’t say that I’m a fangirl, but they make me happy, so I guess that’s a positive note. So, the first design I did was of Harry. I decided to go with a watercolor technique because Harry gives me a very vintage rock-and-roll kind of vibe. I was even telling Cy how much rockstar vibe I get from him when I hear him sing. This process was pretty fun for me. I loved using the hints of Gold with cool colors and I think the color scheme fits Harry so well. After I did Harry’s design, I did Louis. Since Louis is the oldest in the group, I wanted to create something simple but complex as well. Louis has a charming but silly kind of vibe to him and I wanted to represent that in this design. I went with a white background and brought life to the elements going on in the design. It’s a plus seeing the cool colors going on as well. The next design I did was of Liam. I can’t lie, this was probably the hardest one of the 5 to work on because I had no idea how I even wanted to create it. After I took a second to regroup, the process flowed a lot smoother. I was able to introduce some of the new brushes I got to myself and just experiment and go crazy with them. I was not only able to create something amazing but seeing how nice the colors were flowing and bouncing off of Liam, I’m glad that I was able to finish what I started. Niall’s design was probably the easiest of the 5. Niall has a youthful feel to him and because I connect so well with youth and my childhood, I knew this would be a piece of cake. I created a watercolor and used some colors that I feel represent happiness and energy. I got my color inspiration actually from different cartoons that I loved to watch, such as Rugrats, The Wild Thornberries, and Courage, the Cowardly Dog. Niall also being a big jokester in the group played a big part in this design’s inspiration. I even laughed a few times when creating it. Zayn’s design was definitely a wild card. A piece of me felt like I didn’t need to do the design since he’s no longer a part of the group, but I also wanted to because he matters a lot to me. Gosh I sound like such a fangirl. For quite a while now, I’ve wanted to do a design of Zayn. I created an edit of him back in like 2011, but I knew I wanted this one to be amazing and more meaningful. In the beginning, I wasn’t very sure of the technique I wanted to use. A piece of me said a watercolor and the other said subject design. Ultimately, I went with a subject design. I struggled a lot when I began this edit. I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I used Liam’s design for a lot of this inspiration. Zayn gives off a very urban, bad boy kind of vibe and I really wanted to incorporate that into the design. I went with some dark colors to accent that as well as some grungy elements and brushes to make it come to life. Can’t tell you all how satisfied I was to be able to create this, given all of the pressure that I had put on myself to bring this design to life. After finishing all 5 of these designs, not only did I feel accomplished, but like I was meant to do this. Because I love the group a lot, each of the designs’ names have their last name added in. One Direction has truly opened my mind to things and music that I’d never thought I’d be interested in. I owe this to Cy because this is all of his fault. Lol I have to thank him though for putting me on to an amazing group and giving me the chance to put my new interest into the one interest that I value the most. This was truly a lot of fun. Now I want to go watch more diaries!
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(Watercolor Background Texture used for this design: texturefabrik.com)
Good morning ! Know I’m a bit late but I wanted to wish the VVC Blog a happy 3rd Anniversary. Never thought the blog would go this long so I’m thankful for that. Today’s design is of rapper G-Eazy, who as of late, I’ve started to grow fond of. Aside from being handsome and a great dresser, I love his music. There was a little bit of doubt in the beginning when I first thought about creating this design. The first design I created of G-Eazy (Splash of Citrus) had and still has a lot of significance and plays a part in the inspiration of many designs I’ve created. I wasn’t trying to outdo it, but I wanted this new design to show a different kind of vibe. My plan from the start was to create a watercolor and have a feel like that of the MGK experience. Setting everything up took me while because I was indecisive on colors as well as a photo source, but I managed to really get it together and just create something great. One thing that I really enjoyed about this process was how smooth it went. I even bumped some G-Eazy while creating to put me in the zone a little bit. The name of the design, which is called “Sunday Morning”, comes from “Eazy”, or easy. I thought about the song “Easy Like Sunday Morning” and I thought it was perfect. Plus, my Sunday mornings are always very lively and busy and this design represents that vibe so I think that this is perfect. I had a lot of fun creating this design.
Original Photo Source: http://likesuccess.com/author/g-eazy
Happy Saturday ! Today, I have mixed emotions regarding something very important to me. Cyborg just released his new single today, “Golden Ticket/Bleed”, and guess who is featured? YOURS TRULY! I’m excited to know that we’ve done something like this together, but I am nervous also, because I don’t know what the perception is going to be like. This is my first time even stepping into the music world so it’s pretty fresh for me. No, I don’t sing or rap. I actually performed spoken word on this track and the passage I performed comes from my poem Bleed. It was amazing because I’ve never actually read my poetry aloud, let alone on a musical track so you could imagine my feelings there. I’ll let you all in on a secret: I haven’t even heard the track since the day I recorded my part. Guess I’ve just been so nervous to hear myself again. Wondering if I’m too low, if my voice is right, just about everything you’d get the jitters about if you were on a song for the very first time. This definitely carried in to creating the artwork for the single. When I create single artwork, usually it’s pretty much a smooth sail. However, this time was different. I had some trouble in the beginning. My name was actually going on the art instead of just my logo in the corner. I’m not gonna lie. It was new but pretty nice to see that. It started to make the process a little easier and my artist cap came on and I just got lost in designing this cover. The concept was pretty literal: a golden ticket covered in blood. The song talks about how everything that glitters is not gold, which I think the art represents well. I love the song’s concept. Cy and I actually talk about that subject a lot so it’s amazing that we finally brought that to life together. I’m glad I got a chance to express myself through the art as well as the song.
If you haven’t done so already, be sure to check out “Golden Ticket/Bleed” here on Sound cloud:
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