Life in watercolour
I've always wanted to create beautiful fashion illustrations to rival the likes of Kerrie and Megan Hess, but figured somewhere along the way that I simply wasn't cut out for it. Especially when it comes to creating likenesses of real people, trying to do them justice seems like an impossible task that walks the fine line between being appreciative and being offensive. I doodle for fun mostly, and I've generally stayed away from portraits for fear I could never get them right. I still don't for the most part, and I end up with a dozen rejects before I'm finally happy with something, and I've got a long way to go...I won't be making a career out of watercolour illustrations anytime soon, but I'd like to think these offer a more personal thanks to some awesome internet ladies who've guided my artistic journey in some way or another.
Shini from Park & Cube
When I first discovered the ever-expanding world of blogging many years ago, Park & Cube was among the first in my reading list. From its sleek design and photography to the funny, relatable and eloquent stories that accompanied, it became a source of inspiration that I frequented throughout the years. When I realised that I wanted to pursue a creative, design-led career, Shini's blog and work took on a greater relevance that helped give me a sense of direction. Life works in funny ways, and it was actually one of Shini's tweets that connected me with The Apārtment whom I worked with on various projects in the last year. Then last Fashion Week I finally had the opportunity to meet Shini properly and talk about graphic design and the industry in general (over food, naturally). She really is a powerhouse who has built an incredibly successful brand with her life, style and interests, and I don't think any other blog is on par with the web design and coding prowess. Don't even get me started on her Snapchat stories...*insert crying with laughter emoji here*
Audrey from Frassy
Another blogger that throws me way back in time, Audrey's way with words is something else. Every outfit and adventure comes with a beautifully written story that encourages you to be smarter and think deeper. She tackles issues old and new in such a refreshing manner, I can't help but agree with everything she says. It's odd, but I find myself nodding completely in every blog post and at every Instagram caption, something I don't expect to be able to do with 99% of the people I follow. I guess, long story short, she feels like a friend I've known for a very long time, someone I could sit in a coffee shop with for hours and just talk about life. And how many people can you say that about in reality, let alone someone you only know about through the internet? Her wisdom and wit are a real backbone to many and I'm sure she has so much more to share.
Carin from Paris in Four Months
This one goes without saying, as I'm sure you can all gather why; although my love for Paris extends much further back into my memory, Carin's stunning photos of the city cemented it all the more. She is probably the single most accurate definition of "following the dream" and simply that sense of hope and wonder she instills with her Paris story is enough to make anyone want to move there and pursue their heart's desires. I shared her Instagram account in this post and I'm still a devoted follower today, because who doesn't want their feed filled with cute cafés, stunning balconies and Seine snaps? Not that that's all she photographs, of course, because her adventures there are so much more. She's incredibly talented at what she does and her work with many amazing brands is a testament to that.
Inspiration → illustration
I hope to continue this series and share more watercolour illustrations of people who inspire me, from both blogs and Instagram. They're not the best but they're a nice change from standard photos, right? I promise to improve them and keep on sharing the love. Side note, I'm off to Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul and Hong Kong in a few days, so expect to read about all my travels soon; if you have any recommendations, do leave them below, tweet them to me or drop your suggestions on my Instagram where I'll be posting plenty of pictures from my travels...consider it a sneak peek of all the posts to come here. I may be offline for a brief moment due to internet censorship in China, but I'll be back soon with lots to share. As always, have a lovely week and thank you for reading - it means a lot!