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Pic credit: Mary Katrantzou FB
There is an art project I bumped into in Facebook – Selfless Portraits:
Basically, the app lets you upload you profile pic for being drawn and then you receive somebody else’s picture to draw. You have 48 hours to complete it. I got a picture of Lara:
Here is my illustration:
Can’t wait to get mine!!
Hello there! Here are some illustrations of how I styled Mary Katrantzou clothes.
Be my Valentine
Wonderful red wedges and cute charm bracelet. Yes, Valentine’s day is on its way.
Please note the lace eye-liner
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The details (which took a while to draw):
The face close-up:
How cool does she look??!
The amazing skirt:
She is wearing a pale/nude pink see-through blouse:
This printed skirt is sooo stunning!
I took a picture in the dark so you can see my favorite golden ink:
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the golden boots!
The clothes used here are:
What do you think?
Totally in love with my latest hair color, I really hope it stays!
Sometimes being an ordinary golden blonde is boring, so I am not really scared of experiments. Here are some of my favorites documented:
It was nice that the color was not equally distributed, so there were several shades of pink and lilac:
This is silver. Unfortunately it did not stay for very long.But then again I don’t have that many grey clothes to wear.
And this was very cool – steel colored! It, too, was washed of pretty soon, but it was so worth it!
Now I am really really interested in getting dark grey, but I have to find the right dye. Usually all special dies are really hard to find. I am looking for something like this:
And then I could gradually move into grey-ish blue like this:
And then finally be brave enough to color it whole blue – this is absolutely amazing:
To be honest, as much as I am willing to experiment with hair color, whole blue at the moment is out of my comfort zone. At the moment, I am really interested in this kind of sophisticated light ICY blue color like on these pictures:
But that is either a wig or photoshopped, because trust me, having experimented with color A LOT, I am telling you that it is impossible to get such long hair colored perfectly with no tints and shades into one light color. It would involve such advance bleaching, that the hair would no longer be alive. And when blue is in bits and pieces, most of the time it looks very “teenager”-cheap, kind of rebel punk type. That is why, I used word sophisticated in the description of the above icy shades.
Below are also examples of how the blue hair can potentially look like. But I think these examples are too dark for me, they are on the “brunette” side more.
The effect I am looking for is when the blue hair color emphasizes the blue eyes. Like gorgeous Chandra North is demonstrating here. Chances are this is photoshopped, nevertheless – AMAZING:
And who know, maybe one day I will finally have the guts to try turquoise hair…?
The pictures’ sources can be found in Pinterest
My illustrations of Heidi Tuominen of the Searching for the Little Black Dress blog:
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Original photos by Aleksandr Lazarevski (website):
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Two illustrations are actually done on the same piece of paper:
I am super satisfied with my new camera – as you can see, quality is much better now. More about this in the next post. But, check out how cool these are. I took pictures in a very dark room with little lighting. The neon paints turned out amazing – like they glow in the dark!
This is also taken in the dark.
My latest illustration. This is a portrait of my friend Anna Z. and her friend drawn from their photograph. Beautiful girls and an amazing photo.
Close up of Anna:
Close up of her friend:
Here is the original photo:
See the similarity:
My dad recently bought me a book on drawing and also sometime ago he bought me excellent studio pencils, so I have been really excited testing them with some new skills.
I really like these kinds of head pieces, national Ukrainian with bright red poppies. I already have made few illustrations with similar, like for example “Autumn”:
And also poppies are pretty. Here is an illustration with famous Marimekko’s “unikko” pattern (unikko means poppy in Finnish):
Marimekko Unikko (pic via here )
Poppies (pic via here)
Good music is timeless, right?
I have a thing for Sade’s “No ordinary love”. I have already mentioned my love for the music video in my post about mermaids Metamorphosis//Mermaid . It is like a fairytale. But recently I have found few covers of the song, which I think are also absolutely amazing, too. I am usually skeptical about covers – if something is already a classic, it takes a lot to reach the standard as high. But these are great versions!!
So here is the original by Sade:
I love Richard Marx, beautiful voice and this version has a bit of “Twin Peaks” -sound to it in the beginning.
Sweet Coffee’s version is very romantic too:
And even found a faster version with the vocals of amazing Sherrie Lea and the magic touch of Kyau vs Albert. A state of trance, literally:
31st of December. Wow! The year went fast! And it was so exciting – so many things happened!!! My own exhibition, new career and education developments, amazing travel destinations (Fallingwater!), some burned bridges and lost friends – but luckily many new friends, too (even a virtual one)!
September was officially the worst month of my life. Everything went wrong.
But then, something absolutely unexpected happened in November. All I can say – I am really looking forward to the start of new year.
And then in 2012 I also started a new hobby. It is really cool, I love it, one might think the choice is very unexpected for a girl like me, but I enjoy it enormously. Unfortunately, I’m not really good at it yet, though. That is why I won’t reveal what it is, but it will be a new year promise to practice regularly and become better and only then I will post some pictures.
Do you make NYE promises? The occasional “lose weight”, “quit drinking and smoking” etc. Do those who make the promises actually fulfill them? I hate making promises I can’t keep. Thus…
…I’m going to make only the ones that are fun, so it is really easy to fulfill them. Here we go:
I am sure there will be more items invented along the way in 2013, so a really good advice is to be open-minded and try new things. But before I move on, for the very last time, I choose consciously to drown in some memories, own sentimentality and melancholy. The science of feeling lonely. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER.
HAPPY NEW YEAR 2013!
The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen has always been my favourite fairy-tale. Today, I went to the Finnish National Opera to see the general repetition of the new ballet, which is already sold out till the end of the year and the premiere is tomorrow!
It was magical! (pic via HS.fi)
And then during the break, the Snow Queen and her “helpers” came out, I was very lucky to get few close ups:
In the foyer, there were on show some costumes from other productions. The Mouse King from the Nutcracker has an awesome mask:
And this is what the Snow Queen looks like (pic via HS.fi):
The make up is very well-done, but to be honest I wished there was a bigger (read: more grandiose) crown. In fact, that is the only part I wished was different in this particular production. I envision the queen as very tall, gracious, authoritative – in my opinion this was not really evident from the ballet. In fact, her costume was not much different from the snowflakes twirling around. And she is my favourite villain after all!
So, here is my collection of what a true Snow Queen should be about:
Tilda Swinton in Narnia
This is a Soviet fairy-tale movie The secret of Snow Queen, I loved it when I was a child:
Above: gorgeous crown.
Below: Ok, this is not a Snow Queen, but still a queen and a very evil one:
I love this accessory, I NEED to get one asap!
Yes, this is where a Snow Queen should live.
And this is what happens is Snow Queen doesn’t like you:
The sources of the pictures are in Pinterest.