Tag Archive | Drawing

Erik Jones

I love the vibrant artwork of Erik Jones. His work combines realism with abstraction and surrealism to create striking statement art that revolves around women. Here’s a few pieces I like, but check out a whole lot more here (it’s worth it, I swear).

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April – Marta Julia Piórko

Visual Female of the Month for April is the amazingly talented Marta Julia Piórko. Marta’s art is really fascinating. Her realistic style showcases animals and humans, sometimes interacting in interesting ways, and allows us to remember our own creativity as humans. You can check out the interview here.

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March – Lizzy Anderson

Visual Female of the Month for March is the lovely Lizzy Anderson of And Lizzy. Lizzy’s music and film inspired illustrations have a beautiful dreamy nature to them and each piece uses colour and line to create a strong mood relating to the artist involved. With soft hues and a general yumminess, Lizzy’s art is something you definitely must check out. Get to know more about her and her art at this months interview! xx

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Sofia Bonati

I love Sofia Bonati‘s work. Her whimsical, sultry ladies and clever inclusion of weather make her beautiful style something to remember. Each time I see a new work I am just blown away and reminded how good her work is. I’ve chosen four images I wouldn’t mind having as art prints in my home. If you want to grab yourself an affordable print, click the name under the image to be directed to her shop where you can buy these ladies. Have fun – and the good news is, it won’t send you broke!

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Lisa

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Swallowed

Here’s another poem I wrote inspired by a piece of art.

Swallowed.

When I met the lion
he told me it was love
so I allowed him
to swallow me
whole.

Inside the lion
there was little to do.
And so his ribs
became my cage
and the lion
my master.

It is lonely at his zoo.

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This image is by Ana Teresa Barboza. I also did a This vs. That on this image last year which you can take a look at here.

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Vitalik Dumyn

Vitalik Dumyn is an artist from Ukraine who works mostly in water-colour and pencil. While I can’t find too much information about the artist, I stumbled upon these red and blue pencil drawings which I find quite cool. The layering creates an anaglyph 3D effect – I wonder if you looked at them with 3D glasses if anything would change?  The energy each subject exudes is strong and feminine making the collective series quite powerful. It would appear that Vitalik is relatively new to the art word (online, anyway) so I look forward to seeing how his art develops. From my experience, the first few years can be quite varied and experimental as you are waiting to find your distinctive style and aesthetic. I’m two (serious) years into my art and, while always experimenting and trying new things myself, my style is definitely formed and recognisable. For any of you reading this who don’t know what my art looks like, you can take a look on my recently updated website to get acquainted! For those of you that know my work already you can just relax and enjoy these striking images below.

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February – Gina Martynova

Visual Female of the Month for February is the beautiful and talented Gina Martynova. Not only a total babe, Gina is involved in both art and fashion with her whimsical energy translating to her feminine artwork that blends fantasy and reality. Gina is the creator of ‘Starry World’ – a place for her to express her unique cultural upbringing and ever-present day dreams. To learn more about Starry World check out this post, for this months interview click here.

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Caitlin Shearer

“If i had my way i would move to the mountains tomorrow, buy a pet goat, and spend all my days painting pictures in a glass walled sunroom.” – Caitlin Shearer.

Caitlin Shearer is an artist from sunny Australia. Her work is really cool, both in style and subject matter – you can expect to see girls and plants and the occasional cat. I found some of her drawings on another website a few days ago which prompted me to google her. I was happy to find more of her work, with certain pieces having a bit more spunk as well as a feminist attitude. Really, I couldn’t have hoped for more! Her blog is filled with sketches, photographs and whimsical words (hence the pull-quote), making it one of those sites to linger on for hours while getting inspired. You can also buy limited edition prints here which I would definitely recommend doing.

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January – Janine Shroff

Visual Female of the Month is back for 2015. To kick off the year I talk with the super talented Janine Shroff. Her amazing artwork and illustration is packed with opinion, politics, humour and colour. So take a look and enjoy this thought-provoking interview here.

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Three Wise Women

Who needs Three Wise Men when you can have Three Wise Women? In preparation for Christmas, here are some images that can help to get us into the season in a more contemporary fashion. Yeah, that’s right, with female power! I hope you are all looking forward to a great Christmas, whatever way you choose to celebrate! xx

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November Print Picks

Here’s a selection of art prints I think are pretty cool. If you also think these are cool then click on the link (the talented artists name) to be taken to the magical place where you can purchase them. All are really reasonably priced, so why not spoil yourself or a loved one? With Christmas coming it’s pretty much the ideal time for shopping and supporting artists. They all really appreciate it, I guarantee you. xx

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Bec Winnel

Australian artist, Bec Winnel, is one talented lady! Her amazing, detailed illustrations are both precise and evocative with reference to flowers and nature. Winnel often portrays sensual women in an ethereal style that is both dreamy and a little haunting. She writes, “Through my portraits, I hope to contribute to society with beautiful and positive imagery of women, to hopefully remind us that women are beautiful, loving, mysterious creatures with an abundant amount of nurturing to offer. My art is a visual celebration of femininity and freedom of self expression, also an expression of my journey through womanhood.” Here is a selection of her work from a range of media. To see more visit her website.

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Estela Cuadro

Estela Cuadro is an artist from Argentina. Her work is very colourful and feminine, with dreamy, natural lines organically working together to form delicate shapes and bodies. I love the vibrancy and mystical, carnival energy that radiates from her work. She is certainly a fun artist filled with positivity. You can see the awesome environment in which these works are created in a studio shot below. Enjoy!

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Adara

I found these dreamy, fantastic illustrations today by Adara Sanchez Anguiano. My first introduction was a heavily pierced vagina, which Art for Adults is sporting as their phone backdrop. I had to look further and get to know this artist – anybody with this aesthetic has got to be good. I was a little disappointed there were no more vaginas… turns out this is a recent project, so there may be more risqué (as the artist calls it) pieces to come. I did find some delicious feline and female combinations which reminded me of JAW Cooper, as well as some sketches that embody an Egon Schiele energy. Great influences or what!? Let me know if you are loving this work, as I most certainly am. xx

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David Bray

David Bray is one truly talented artist. His amazing pen and pencil drawings are detailed and emotive, making them significant both for the technique and content. I have selected a few pieces that appeal to me, but with such a great portfolio you really should check out his other work where you can see more variety in mediums. I love drawings that are evocative. The way Bray balances detail with raw artistry results in his work being a captivating, aesthetic experience that is most certainly evocative. Enjoy!

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In the Studio

I love Charmaine Olivia, not only for her amazing artwork, but also for the enigmatic energy she radiates. This is why I love seeing the environment she works in to create her amazing artwork. Her studio is to die for and I can only imagine being surrounded by so many pieces of beauty. A beauty herself, Charmaine isn’t afraid to get in front of the camera and has even released a new ‘Lifestyle’ range that includes signed photographs that focus on Charmaine in her home environment. Take a peek below.

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In other Charmaine-related news, limited edition prints of ‘Honeybee’ (pictured immediately below) are now available for sale. I also took a fancy to two other pieces when browsing her prints and wanted to share them too. Amazing work from a beautiful woman (inside and out). Oh, and they are really reasonable too! Enjoy. x

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Hsiao-Ron Cheng

Taiwanese artists, Hsiao-Ron Cheng, creates amazing surrealist portraits that connect to childhood and express the distinction between animals, nature and children. Executed wonderfully, her work is fascinating and intriguing. Hsiao-Ron Cheng was awarded the Young Illustrator Award in 2012, and I can easily see why. Not only is her subject matter majestic but her style adds an eerie aspect that is often present in contemporary Asian art. Here are a few pieces I like, but definitely check out her website to see all aspects of her work.

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Fashion Week with Conrad Roset

Pretty impressed with the work Conrad Roset is producing for London Fashion Week. Prints are now available for sale which I would highly recommend checking out. They are all really superb and I like the added edge they have over some of his other work. Here’s a few sneak peaks, but honestly go have a look and splash out and buy something if you can!

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Joseph Martinez – Miniatures

I found the work of Joseph Martinez and was blown away. I love how people can work in such small spaces to create breathtaking art. A while back I showcased, Elsa Isabella and her paper dolls (teeny, tiny pin ups in charcoal) and when I saw this work by Martinez I couldn’t help but compare the two. Not that I want to compare and contrast anything. Just I suppose they remind me of each other – wondrous small-scale beauty. I love the use of the matchbox. Clearly we can understand the scale of image by our knowledge of matchboxes, and there is something vintage and nostalgic about having the actual matches there. I reminder of our past, teamed up with contemporary women in art. The frailty of it all is quite outstanding.

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Nadiia Cherkasova

I’m loving this piece by Nadiia Cherkasova.  I always enjoy the ‘unfinished’ look where not all parts or painted or executed to the same degree. In this instance, it works perfectly. The essence created in the face combined with the detail of hair, and then empty space in the hair, the way the collar is filled in but the shirt is only gives a suggestion of pattern and colour. I could go on. Cherkasova’s work has a lovely ethereal nature to it, and this piece especially has a nice fragility to it. I wonder why she signs next to an apple? Can only make me (the feminist thinker) remember Eve and the Garden of Eden. Maybe it aids in the fragile nature of this piece. Before long all the easiness and beauty will be gone.

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This vs. That: Round Fifteen

Time for this months This vs. That. My template decided not to open, so I made a new template for today’s post. Might mix it up each month from now on, or go back to normal next month. Will have to see what the world wants me to do.

Anyway, Round Fifteen: Additions is up now. The first for 2014 – I hope you like it!

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Andrea Hrnjak

I recently found Andrea Hrnjak‘s illustration and was immediately impressed. Her work is both feminine and evocative, taking beautiful women and empowering them with animal connections. Some are kind of tribal whereas others seem more modern and contemporary in subject matter. But all her stuff is great. She shared this beautiful piece on her Facebook today, wishing all her followers a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. It’s titled ‘We Own the Sky’ which is quite fitting for me as my friend gave me a cute folder for my birthday that says ‘La Nuit est a Nous’ which I recently discovered translates to ‘We Own the Night’ (similar enough!)

Here is ‘We Own the Sky’ (top image) and a few others I have saved over time. Enjoy, and I hope you are all having wonderful relaxing Sundays before the fun and chaos(?) of Christmas gets going.

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Firestarter

This is a recent piece done by myself. I had fun experimenting with a quick pen drawing to add some energy and essence to the piece. I still like the original pen drawing, but somehow along the way I turned this girl into a bit of a fire starter. I think she could also be used to represent Carrie. Perhaps I should create a movie poster for the film using this image. Thoughts?

Anyhow, hope you like, and all have a great weekend!

It’s also Friday the 13th again (twice this year that I have noted!) so incase you missed it, check out my post Friday the 13th

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The original pen drawing below

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Simone Klimmeck

Berlin-based artist Simone Klimmeck creates stunning illustration and mixed-media works. Her aesthetic is feminine and fierce at the same time which gets The Visual Female’s seal of approval. Beauty, colour and texture bring these pieces to life. I love the combination of grayscale media with the vibrant prints and patterns Klimmeck chooses. To see more of her work visit her website.

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Illustrators (Kelly Thompson looks up to)

I read an interview with the delectable Kelly Thompson today featured on a new-found goody, Sly on the WallOne aspect of the interview (and interviews in general) I enjoyed was hearing what illustrators Kelly looks up to and finds inspiring. It always interests me to see if artists like other artists that are similar to them (hence they were probably inspired by them initially) or whether they love work that’s different to their own.

I guess with me I don’t emulate any artist that I really like. One reason would be that there are far too many I like (check how many amazing artists I have posted on this blog so far!) and another reason would be that I’m far to spontaneous to dedicate time to emulation. I can hardly do any repeat styles in my own work, so throwing in another artists style would be way too much. Unless you think I’ve been inspired by anyone? (Let me know). I’m sure we all are in some shape or form. But some artists really work to develop their own personal style, which is admirable. Others want to explore and develop others styles, always adding their own unique spin. This work is also pretty great.

But back to my point, Kelly listed a few illustrators she finds inspiring, so I checked them out and found a few pieces that I thought were pretty cool too. Surprisingly, I hadn’t heard of any of them! (But I did recognise the piece by Vania Zouravliov, which I’m sharing here). Had you? Do you see any similarities in Kelly’s work that could have resulted from these illustrators as a source of inspiration? I can in a couple.

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Eirian Chapman

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This vs. That: Round Fourteen

Time for this months This vs. That. For the month of November I look at some simple black, white and red pieces (from Mariam Tronchoni and Sofia Bonati) that use eyes in rather different ways. Check out Round Fourteen: Red to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. Today was an easy choice for me, but will it be for you?

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Young Chun

I’m loving these wonderful women by Young Chun. Born in Seoul, Young Chun brings in some magical elements, creating pieces that connect to his view on life. And obviously it is a pretty fun view. Fantasy, mystery, magic, music, drinks and excitement – all wrapped up with a touch of darkness. I especially love his piece ‘Under the Celestial Lights’ (seen first) which is being shown in a Zodiac show as a representation of Cancer – check the detail on her rings for those Zodiac touches. Love his take on the Cancerian woman, who, as we know, really comes to life under the magic of the moon. Enjoy these pieces and enjoy the weekend – perhaps hit up a cocktail or few like some of Young Chun’s little ladies.

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November

Visual Female of the Month for November is up. This month I share the art of the lovely Candace McKay (no relation!). Candace is a 19-year-old self-taught artist, whose work is feminine and fun – think vibrant colours and fantasy settings with beautiful, intriguing women. I really lover her style and find it quite distinctive and unique. I hope you all enjoy it too. To check out her work and read her interview click here. 

On another note, there is only one more Visual Female of the Month left for this year. I know, can you believe it?! How time flies. I’ll be keeping an eye out and hoping to showcase someone special for December. If you know anyone whose work just blows your mind, let me know! I love to discover new art and artists.

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This is one of my recent pieces I have been playing around with. It’s a pen drawing that I scanned and edited in Photoshop, adding the coloured aspects. Although it is quite simple, I quite like it. I am a bit like a Gemini when it comes to art. I am constantly changing, and struggle to commit to anything long-term. I suppose it’s because I haven’t settled on a particular style yet. I love digital, drawing, mixed media and painting (which I am aiming to get back into soon). Like this blog, the main subject that connects my work would be the female subject matter. Although I have a few pieces that don’t have women in them. In such a subjective industry it can be hard to predict what people will like, which is why I just have to trust my gut and own aesthetic and hope that others will relate to or enjoy some of my work.

I love sharing work by other artists because I know how valued you feel when people acknowledge and recognise your talent and hard work. And it is hard work. But of course it is worth it. I sincerely believe that all artists have a market out there – people who will buy and adore their work – but the most challenging part is connecting the art and the audience. With the internet it seems easy, but honestly how hard is it to find stuff on the internet? Unless you know specifically what you are looking for it can be pretty hard to discover anything new. That’s another reason why I started this blog, as a way to accumulate art and visuals for my followers. Online magazines and other blogs are great ways to keep discovering, as is Facebook. I found that since I created a Facebook page for The Visual Female I was discovering more and more artists through liking pages and what others were sharing on my News Feed.

I have finally taken the plunge and made a Facebook for my own personal art, and hope to build an audience over time. To see my work, visit my Facebook pageand please give it a like if it appeals. Obviously in this subjective world I am not expecting everyone to love it, I am just trying to see what people think.

Stay tuned for a cool new Visual Female of the Month coming up shortly! And thanks again to all the readers and fans of The Visual Female – you rock xx

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Elsa Isabella – Paper Dolls

I am so in love and so impressed by what Elsa Isabella can do. Her work is truly amazing. Not only is the subject matter great (who doesn’t love a Pin-up girl?) but the size she works in just blows me away. They are so small! Yet so wonderfully detailed. The quality of her work is amazing, especially when you see the scale she is working in. It’s hard to draw small even with a fine pen, but I would find it even harder in charcoal. I don’t know what else to say other than that I am so impressed. So, I am truly happy to be sharing her work here today. You must like her on Facebook where you can see a whole lot more of her outstanding work (I mean, it was pretty hard to limit what I showed here today, so imagine how much more there is!) I have chosen some complete pieces, as well as in progress shots because they look pretty great too. Enjoy xx

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This vs. That: Round Thirteen

Time for this months This vs. That. For the month of October I look at some fun, fantasy pieces (from Olga Noes and Zan Von Zed) that both integrate their women into their fantasy environments to perfection!  Check out Round Thirteen: Kingdoms to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. I loved both these pieces, and had an unusual outcome today. To find out what, and to enjoy the read, click here.

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Frida

Frida Kahlo was a Mexican painter and rather interesting woman. Through her life she suffered greatly as the result from a vehicle accident, where the bus she was on collided with a trolley car. Frida was 18. One result of this was an iron handrail piercing her abdomen and uterus, which meant reproductive trouble. While she conceived three times, she couldn’t carry to term, and had to terminate her pregnancies. She was born on July 6, which makes her the most maternal sign of the zodiac, Cancer. But her accident turned her towards art and painting. She commonly painted self-portraits, as a way to deal with her trauma, but also because she knew herself so well. She has stated “I paint myself because I am so often alone and because I am the subject I know best.”

Her work is quite captivating, and honest and raw. Her work often had a lot of nature in it, which makes sense to me with Frida being a Cancer whom often love animals. It would make sense that she could be drawn to animals and nature as a way to express her emotions. I like these three pieces by her.

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I recently remembered Frida because I noticed that a few artists I follow were doing their own portraits of her. So, I want to share these also. Cate Rangel’s piece connects more to the pain and life of Frida, whereas Liz Clements is very obviously Liz Clements style (which is a great style, but speaks less about Frida as a person). They both have hummingbirds in them, which is interesting.

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October

Visual Female of the Month for October is up. This month I share the art and thoughts of Romanian graphic designer, artist and fashion illustrator, Anca Pora. Ancas work is feminine, organic and really quite beautiful. I especially love her Alison Harvard inspired piece – such a stunner. I agreed with some of Ancas answers, especially when it comes to comparing graphic design with art and illustration. It seems we are a bit similar. Make sure to check out the full interview here. Enjoy the read, and get inspired.

Be happy, be great.

Blue

Blue. The last colour of the rainbow. I sort of like blue, but once again, I don’t find myself wearing it very often. Some people love blue. I knew a boy who would wear all blue outfits (if you count denim as blue, which I do). The zodiac sign Taurus (the bull) likes blue. They find it calming. The boy I just mentioned was a Taurus. I might have made him nervous. At least I never wore red. Blue gets used as a default colour far too much. Even now, WordPress likes its blue. So does Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr. This kinds of degrades blue to me. I believe it’s a calming, neutral colour. I heard today on the television that blue is the colour of communication. That would make sense why it is used for many social media platforms. I try not to have too much blue on this blog. Other than in the art. It’s quite pretty in the art. So, in saying all that, here are a few pieces that utilise blue.

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Miss Van Clothing

Miss Van is an intriguing and wonderful artist. She creates rather unusual and out-there pieces which are flirty, fun and provoking. I recently discovered that she has teamed up with Limbo Family Studio to create some fantastic clothes that transform her designs to fabric. These pieces would be a blast to wear, making you feel artistic and elegant at the same time. I’m quite a fan.

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Alexandra Levassuer

In my recent This vs. That, I crowned Alexandra Levasseur winner for Round Twelve: PatternHer work is really wonderful, and she has to be my favourite latest find. So, in saying all that, I thought I would share some more of her work, because it really must be seen. I hope you like these pieces. Have a great weekend. It’s my birthday on Sunday, so I say the celebrations start tonight and go all weekend. Wine, here I come. xx

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This vs. That: Round Twelve

Time for the next This vs. That. For the month of September I look at some beautiful pieces (from Alexandra Levasseur and Joshua Burbank) that create a raw, informal use of pattern. Be sure to check out Round Twelve: Pattern to see these images in full, and hear my thoughts on who delivers the best piece. I loved both these pieces, and hope you will too. Enjoy the read here.

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Friday the 13th

It’s Friday the 13th! This doesn’t really impact me (apart from a few friends to wish happy birthday to, and $13 pizzas at my favourite pizza place). However, I thought I may as well put together some horror inspired images (13 seemed appropriate). I do quite love horror movies (especially Rob Zombie films), and while horror art can be pretty cool, it’s not really something I can imagine hanging in my home. It is something I would be interested in trying for myself though, so maybe these pieces can be inspiration. Enjoy, and enjoy whatever you are up to today, spooky or otherwise! xx

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Red

Red. The first colour of the rainbow. I like red, but I don’t find myself wearing it very often. I don’t know why. I think some people just love red and wear it all the time, whereas others never really get into it. My mum loves red shoes. The three fire signs of the zodiac (Aries, Sagittarius, Leo) are associated with red. Sometimes I notice friends that wear red a lot are one of those fire signs. Red is associated with love. And lust. And is sometimes in art, but not as much as other, more subtle colours. Here are a few pieces that utilise red quite nicely.

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Mucha

I am, and always will be, in love with Alphonse Mucha. His work is stunning, and not only works as art but as design, with much of his work being used as posters to advertise products and events. Like Klimt, he fits into my old-time favourites group. And, as I have noted before, sometimes we can forget the good oldies. So today I wanted to share a few pieces by Mucha that I enjoy. I even have the ‘Cycles Perfecta’ image on a dark red mug which I frequently drink from. Speaking of mugs, I may go and make myself a green tea. xx

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Featured Artist: Elisa Boccedi

Here’s the second Featured Artist for the year – Elisa Boccedi.

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Elisa is an Italian artist whose work is distinctive and captivating. Elisa has her own style, but each piece (accompanied by intriguing titles) tells its own story. Elisa actually got in touch with me, so I figured her initiative deserved a little more than just my opinions on her work. I decided to ask Elisa a few questions to help me and my readers get to know her a little better.

In five words describe:

Your art – Disquieting, sensual, bloody, wicked and phony (I took the last two adjectives from negatives, from a comment I once received, which sort of enlightened me more than many other (positive) appreciations I have received)

Yourself – Cerebrally hyperactive, curious, provocative, reserved but with a very short fuse

The World – Truly surprising, endlessly morphing, contradictory, grotesque, all in all undefinable

What about art is important to you?

First thing: the fact is art is both an addiction and a salvation. It’s my centre, my everything, what prevents me from psychological derangement. The best, soothing way to get in contact with things and to filter them, giving them a sense which is – obviously – only an interpretation, but which makes them seem less confused and less confusing.

Being from Italy, what makes Italian art unique?

This question takes me aback, since I’ve never thought my art to be clearly recognizable as Italian. I’ve never been bothered with considering it unique, either. To quote “the mysterious stranger” from the exquisite “Mark Twain’s travels” stop-motion movie: “It comes natural to me, like many other curious things”. And that’s true. Maybe my artwork is unique (if it is really so) for the great emotional charge it’s imbued with, and for all the unconscious fragmented perceptions and semi-digested notions I tend to interpolate it with.

Do you believe your art is influenced by your culture?

Most probably not directly, but through a process of rejection and denial of many of its aspects. I never felt like I fitted in somehow, and also in regards to the italian “prototype”. I do love culture in every and each of its form and manifestations, but as for how it’s regarded and treated here in Italy, it’s no use. We’re surrounded by culture and art but simply don’t care. And most of the time the “human environment” you grow up counts more than the historical and cultural ones. Especially if these two are plainly overridden.

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If you were an animal, what would you be an why?

I wish I could say a tarantula, or some very big and hairy spider, but I’m afraid I’m not devious and cold-blooded enough. Probably a hairless sphinx cat, or an eye-eye (it’s a very rare, very ugly lemur with a spindly, creepy middle finger biologically developed to hook larvas out of the trees where they’re buried). Something very weird, although oddly cute, and peculiar, to cut it short.

Do you believe in Astrology? If so, what sign are you? Do you feel you relate to your star sign in any way?

I am pretty fond of astrology, and this is also a reason my friends to mock me, actually. Does it show so much from my artwork too? (lol, just kidding). Well, I’m supposed to be a cuspid, half Aries and half Taurus, but I personally feel much more in line with the first sign of the Zodiac than with the second one. Nonetheless, I believe I resent pretty heavily from my neurotic and oversensitive ascendant in Cancer.

What is your favourite line from a poem, book or movie?

I have so many it is impossible to pin out only one, so out of the blue. However, the first quotation to cross my mind when I read the question was one taken from the Diaries of a great Rumanian thinker, E. Cioran: ” I’m made of all the things that flee from me”

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To see more of Elisa’s work visit her website where she showcases a range of work and styles, as well as merchandise.

* English is Elisa’s second language.

* The Greeks named the planet Mars after Ares, the Greek god of war, since it shines with a red color, resembling blood, which is appropriate for the god of War. Hence the name Aries for the Zodiac sign which is ruled by Mars. (I find this quite present in Elisa’s work, do you agree?)

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Inspiration

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Above: Inspiration collage.  Below: Pieces used to make the collage

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The Visual Female recently set up a Pinterest page which acts as another outlet to showcase images from this blog. Each image that is posted here, will later be pinned to an appropriate board on Pinterest. But, sometimes there are pieces that haven’t made it onto this blog quite yet. For those, I put them onto my ‘Inspiration’ Board. It is also a way for me to repin the amazing visuals I come across from the boards I follow. I wanted to share some pieces from my Inspiration Board, so I decided to make a small collage of a few pieces as seen at the top of the page. And, just so each image gets its own little bit of fame, they are all there as thumbnails. Hopefully either my inspiration collage, or the individual images can get you all a little inspired. If you are on Pinterest, make sure to follow The Visual Female.

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This vs. That: Round Ten

Mid-month has flown around again, which means a push and a shove for me to get analytical. Yes, that’s just my fancy way of saying it’s time for This vs. That. This month I look at the use of colour by the means of splatter and such in Round Ten: Splashes. Be sure to have a read and let me know your wonderful thoughts on the matter. Do you like art in this style? Who did it better here? And who does it best in general? Got your own mixed media piece that you would like to share? Let me know – I’m always on the hunt for more artwork to share and promote.

As always, thanks for reading x

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Jennifer Madden

Jennifer Madden is an English illustrator, designer, and fine artist that makes work that I just adore. Her pencil sketches are refreshing – having a beautiful raw, natural energy – something that can sometimes get lost under the search of perfection. Her paint work is also exquisite and maintains the same energy. A lot of her work focuses on children or young girls and incorporates a connection to nature, such as an animal. In some pieces this is as simple as holding a rabbit, but in others it can be incorporating antlers into a headband of sorts. The girls seem to always have their heads adorned with animal features or oversized bows. It is fun and frivolous, but the essence of each piece also has a withdrawn, muted aspect. The girls look historical in some pieces which adds an allure of mystery. What is their story? Where do they belong? Like all good art, Madden balances beauty with an aura of wonderment that makes you want to linger on the pieces. A definite star in my opinion. You can see more of her work on her beautiful website.

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Alice in Aotearoa

Sorry I haven’t been posting for a while – the internet hasn’t been quite up to speed, so I figured I would save the frustration and wait ’til it was better (which is today!) Having slow internet can be annoying, but also rather helpful in terms of getting stuff-you-need-to-do-but-are-too-lazy-to-do done. Without that temptation of the web, one can get back to those things we used to do. In my instance, I started reading my book again (what joy), and worked on a design to submit to The Kiwi Diary 2014. I hadn’t really heard of The Kiwi Diary before, but saw it on The Big Idea – my favourite website for finding creative opportunities in New Zealand. I must have saved the info before the internet went dawdling, so I could read all the info offline and begin to work on a piece to enter. The Kiwi Diary takes all sorts of stuff that represents or relates to New Zealand and then curates a selection to go in the final diary – it can be poems, illustrations, recipes, tips and tricks and so on. Unsurprisingly, I sought about making an illustration. The result is what I called Alice in Aotearoa, which you can see below.

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I ended up working in Illustrator and digitally adding to a scanned pen drawing I had done recently. To me, the piece always had a sort of Alice in Wonderland essence. I have another version where I made the traditional Alice connection more apparent, and you may get to see that one day (just not today). But I decided that it would be fun to see if I could connect the piece with New Zealand (which is called Aotearoa in Maori). I added some native insects and a touch of  Maori symbolism and, to my delight, created what I strongly see as Alice in Aotearoa. I have sent it away to be judged and hopefully it will have a special place in The Kiwi Diary 2014. If not, I am happy to have made it.

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Featured Artist: Kate Lightfoot

I wanted to start sharing some words of wonder from people other than myself on The Visual Female. I decided that to kick it off I would do a special segment that allows an artist to showcase their creative process. I had the pleasure of getting in touch with Kate Lightfoot – what follows are her own words about her craft and how she arrived at these two pieces.

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About Kate:

I’m a self-taught Aussie artist who lives in a quiet Melbourne town-house with my lovely boyfriend and two demanding cats. I’ve always drawn – as a kid I’d sit in front of the TV with the family and just draw for hours. There are so many movies that I know the audio for, but have never actually seen! 

I like to work in pencil as I have absolutely no patience and I hate waiting for paint to dry. Ink is also great fun (and quick drying!) – it has a mind of its own and I love the surprise results you can get from it.

I draw flirty, quirky girls. I love their curves, their huge eyes, bright colours and big hair. They’re purposely pretty and light-hearted. I have no interest in creating deep and meaningful messages. Turn on the news or look at the front page of the paper and there’s so many horrible things going on in the world – I just want to make something to counteract all that. Something that simply makes people happy. 

Lowbrow art is my absolute passion – I trawl through lowbrow sites and pour over magazines trying to find artists I haven’t seen before. It’s always a thrill to come across a new name and discover a new style. I taught myself how to draw by studying Mark Ryden, Joe Sorren and Audrey Kawasaki’s work – trying to figure out how they get the effects they create.

Kate’s process:

“Dorothea”

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Dorothea Inspiration

I spend an unhealthy amount of time looking at images of people, flowers, animals, vintage tea sets and eventually a few of those images feel right for a piece of art. I use multiple references, so my art never looks entirely like something that already exists. In this case I was obsessed with flowers!

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Step 1

I start with a pencil outline – the neater the better. I’m quite obsessed with finding the right lines and capturing as much detail as feels right. I possibly should be working with values instead of lines, but there’s something about lines that attracts me. 

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Step 2

In this case of ‘Dorothea’ I went with ink and watercolour to start with. If I’m using ink for the hair I do that first. There’s no point in continuing if I stuff up this bit! Once that turns out OK, I’ll lay down a bed of really soft watercolour and, when it’s dry, I start working in the pencil. 

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Finished

Finished! I gave this one a soft blue pastel haze around the outline of the overall shape. As I said, I like the lines and usually like emphasising the outline in some way. When I draw on coloured board, I surround everything with a white line. In this case I used blue pastel. 

“Cara”

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Cara Inspiration

I love incorporating natural elements into my work – in this case flowers and a bird. I don’t always use reference for the girl herself, but in this case I really loved this pose and the tilt of her head. Once I’ve got some basic lines down I tend to ignore the reference of a person. My girls’ faces are so distorted the reference only really helps once I start trying to lay in shadows. 

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Step 2

This is the first time I’ve started with a full pencil sketch. Usually it’s nothing more than an incredibly rough scrawl before I move onto my good paper. But I was really enjoying working on this sketch. 

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Step 3

I started with very pale ink and watercolour, just to give it a base. Then started working on the face with my pencils. 

Step 4

Step 4

I tend to start with the face and eyes. The eyes in particular are really important to me. If they’re not right, the piece usually goes in the bin and it’s a do-over. I was really happy with the way her face looked – there was something very soft and pretty about her. 

Step 5

Step 5

It was at this point that the ink and watercolour underpainting seemed like not such a great idea! The blue tones in the hair were a bit too random for my liking. So I started working more heavily over these areas to even it all out. 

Step 6

Step 6

Oooh, she’s getting close here. This is where I always start worrying about going too far and overworking the piece. But it felt right to keep going. I’d taken a tattoo off her arm here (it was too heavy for the overall look) and the end of her sleeve in this pic is a pale yellow which didn’t work at all. So I changed that to the red that’s in the final piece. 

Step 7

Step 7

She just needs some final details. I worked on her in short stages – 5 or 10 minutes at the time (and then back for some games of Candy Crush!!). It was great to get away from her and then come back as I could see what needed to be done. It’s hard when you get too close to your work, so these frequent breaks worked really well for me. 

Finished

Finished

Finito! I added some white stitching to her top and had to alter the branches as I stuffed up one of the shadows in her hair. Plus I gave her a redder lippy and some mascara – I always leave that till last.

 * Kate Lightfoot’s work is available for sale via the following outlets

To purchase originals visit her Etsy page – https://www.etsy.com/shop/scarlettcat

For delightful prints visit her Redbubble page – http://www.redbubble.com/people/scarlettcat/shop

Kate also runs a very up-to-date Facebook page where you can see her current work as well as purchase originals from her directly. To check that out and give her a like, visit  https://www.facebook.com/KateLightfootArt

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Diego Fernandez – Beautiful Digital Illustration

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Diego Fernandez is an Argentinian digital illustrator whose work focuses on beautiful women. I love his style. For me, there is something quite nice about the result, which I believe is directly linked to the process. That is, due to the process of digital illustration, the end result has a certain pullback, an over-perfection that gives it a distinct energy. A lot of work these days is certainly edited in Photoshop or Illustrator, but from what I can see, Fernandez does almost all, if not entirely all, his work on the computer. Other artists are more likely to hand-draw the majority and do minor digital edits towards the end, but Fernandez approaches illustration in the opposite way. This is why his work is very polished. I really like it (although I know I wouldn’t have the patience to design this way) and something about the energy of the work lingers with me. I assume it is the nature of the method. While they are certainly executed well, and have exquisite beauty, it is almost as if something is lacking. The rawness? The organic, spontaneity of hand-drawn work? Yet in this lacking, I find the pieces acquire a kind of ghostly energy. It is as if the women are ‘shells’, lacking the depth of emotion inside them – as if we know they are digitally done, removed from human energy. This is not a bad thing, because I find haunting art truly mystifying and wonderful. Fernandez often uses cold tones (blues and greys) which further enhances the ghostly nature of his work. I have no idea if this is deliberate, but I rather like it and find that his work is quite unique within contemporary illustration.

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When looking at the pieces I am displaying today, I found that a certain familiarity surrounded them. Sure, I had seen them before, but it was more than that. I don’t know if I can quite put my finger on it, but I have decided it must be a likeness to Raphael, and Di Vinci. They have that feel of art from around that time. Perhaps it is the focus of perfection and technique rather than emotion of character? I’m not quite sure, but the third piece especially reminds me of something. If you can contribute to this ungraspable thought of mine, please do! I would love to hear if you agree with what I concluded, or whether there is another artist that Fernandez has a similarity to.

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This vs. That: Round Nine

It’s time for Round Nine of This vs. ThatThis month I look at two pieces by Jen Mann. The catch is, that the pieces are actually only one piece (!?). Well, not exactly, but I look at how she has edited an existing piece of hers to make a new piece. Photography, luckily, allows us to see the before and after to which I comment on. Have a read over Round Nine: Visibility and let me know what piece you prefer. Did Jen Mann make the work better? Or should she have left it alone? Or, perhaps it could still be worked on? As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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Adorned

It’s Queen’s Birthday weekend, which means a day off for me in little old New Zealand. It’s raining ever so slightly, making it the perfect day to stay indoors and work on my blog. You may notice that I have totally revamped The Visual Female! I thought it was time for a change, and I am quite pleased with the new look, which should also help with blog navigation. Let me know if you agree?

To celebrate the Queen’s 60th coronation anniversary, I am going to show 60 images of her. No, I’m just kidding around. Rather, I have accumulated a few images that draw attention to one’s head – be it adorned in a crown or some other wonder. Oh, and there’s one of Elizabeth, it would be rude not to.

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Zodiac

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I’m quite a fan of astrology, so I am always interested in art that depicts signs of the zodiac. I stumbled upon this piece a while ago and while I can see many of the 12 signs, I’m not sure If I can see them all! Which is a little odd, and frustrating. Aires (The Ram) is top left, Pisces (The Fish) are bottom left, then it has to be Virgo (The Maiden) in the middle, which moves across to Sagittarius (The Centaur/Archer) in top right, Leo (The Lion) is clearly there in the bottom right corner along with Cancer (The Crab) and Libra (The Scales). But I believe that is all I can see! So who is left and why aren’t they there?! I’m missing Taurus (The Bull), Capricorn (The Sea Goat), Aquarius (The Water Bearer), Gemini (The Twins) and Scorpio (The Scorpion).

I wonder if this piece was designed for someone specific. Either these signs could be the strongest influences in their Natal Chart, or perhaps it was done for a family that comprises of the shown zodiac signs. I quite like this concept if it were to be the latter, or even the first. It really is beautiful as a piece of art, and then has a deeper meaning through the astrological aspects. From my experience, not all people are that open-minded to astrology, so I like the fact that it works as a piece on its own (to those non-believers) and to someone with knowledge of astrology. I think it would be so cool to do custom pieces like this for each of your children, as each piece would come out unique to them, and maybe they would even prefer their own piece aesthetically. Imagine being a small child and having this painted onto a whole wall in your room. It would be so magical and dreamy and then also tie in to your personal astrological attributes. Wow, I’m making myself excited. Hah. If I ever have children I am definitely doing this (lucky them!). And maybe hubby and I could have our own ones above the bed on the side we sleep on. Dreamy.

Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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