This last week I’ve had a couple encounters into other artist’s works where I couldn’t help but notice the striking resemblances. The age old saying that there is nothing new is in a way true, but also untrue in that things are constantly being reinterpreted or altered.
The illustration was a hair study done with conte crayons on Bristol paper.
Earlier last week a friend of mine Stephanie Yu posted a photo she had taken of her friend Elizabeth Teach. It struck a cord with me of an old illustration I had done in college. While the two are completely unrelated, its like a complete (unintentional) reinvention of a preexisting piece of work!
This brings me to my next example of similarities. Yesterday I was browsing through a new blog I discovered called Honestly WTF
and there was a post by a watercolor artist by the name of Cate Parr
. Her works are colorful, fashion forward, and also use a lot of found images for reference…including one I also referenced.
I wish I could credit the original photographer, but I found the image on Wehearit.com
. However, this is the beautiful black and white photo which I also referred to for my latest Gryphon notebook.
There’s something about the mood and the contrast of her lashes to the lighting and the coarseness of her hair, that I just find truly beautiful. In my Flora Bellus series, I have 3 girls, each with a different kind of flower. I felt as though this image would be perfect for my Orchid notebook.
My work started as a simple vector line drawing.
Then filled in with layers of color and texture.
And finally…. ta da! The finished product turned out really nice, and I was sent a sample set for as a wedding gift, (thanks Michelle!) This drawing has truly received rave reviews from all my Gryphon fans, so thanks for your continual support.