Well, it was a time for a new model.
I call her “Lah.”
Lah modeled a variety of different looks….all made out of chocolate chip cookies.
And then the WELCOME TO 2014, YEAR-AT-A-GLANCE, NEW YEAR’S EVE FROCK TO ROCK!
After I made the lily dresses on Christmas Day, I thought it would be a fun daily challenge to make something just for the sake of making something. Rather than making something for the sake of making money, making a deadline, or making it on assignment, for an intended audience.
And maybe, instead of my art being so precious, and keeping it forever, I could just try creating something to live in that moment in time, like a sand castle or ice sculpture.
Hmm…interesting to ponder.
Then, I went wild.
There’s The Bath Salt Dress (*first you wear it, then you soak in it)
The Christmas Wreath Dress, and matching Christmas Vacation Swimsuit
The “Jumpy Jumpsuit” made of coffee grounds.
You may notice, I worked my models HARD.
I used them, and added to them, and built on them, until I couldn’t use them anymore.
Yams was the end of one model’s career. Sweet potato….not so sweet now.
It was this poor lass:
She started in a simple yet elegant dress made from Juniper Berries.
Then, she got extensions and switched to wearing Pine Cone Couture….or “PineCouture”
I did versions with and without the sunglasses, which are seed pods I sound within the pinecone.
The pinecone itself was found in a Brooklyn dog run.
I drew the model.
After that, she got down and funky in this Disco Dress, made of broken CD.
But ultimately it was the sweet potato and sage gown, that would be her curtain call.
As long as I can remember, like going way way back, I have always doodled fashion designs, shoes, and model-y girls. Chances are, if I’m mindlessly doodling, it will be one of those three things.
So my friend and fellow author, Jesse Klausmeier, gave me a brand new sketchbook for the Holidays, specifically geared towards sketching fashion.
It’s sooooooooooo cool.
And it’s made by the good folks at Chronicle Books, but of course.
In addition to being filled with fashion terminology, and a visual glossary of garments, each page has “Croquis” outlines on it, which are like featureless, alien, bald mannequin body forms. But BOY HOWDY do they make designing easy and fun.
Anyway, I started doodling in this notebook as soon as I got it. I was completely inspired by Debbie Ohi’s Found Object Series (which is completely brilliant, and a total must see on her blog) and thought I might make some dress designs out of the gorgeous white winter lilies that were starting to wilt in my house.
That’s how it started, with these two lily dresses. I call them the FIND YOUR INNER FLOWER and IN FULL BLOOM.
Here they are:
Love and kisses,
PS: Crankenstein got *exactly* what he wanted this Holiday: A CRANKEN-SEQUEL BOOK COMING DECEMBER 2014!
It all started in Fifth Grade, when we decided to go as KISS.
Then, some years later, we have….
Sam as Alice in Wonderland, the Disney version.
Go on model, or go home!
How HEXCITING is THIS!?
Thank you for such a wonderful review (and can’t wait to read Molly Idle’s latest! Love Her!)
HAPPY HALLOWEEKS TO ALL!!
Thanks to Huff Po and congrats to everyone on this list!
I can’t wait to read every one of these books.
Such lovely news to get.
Especially on Dan Santat’s Birthday.
A howlingly happy,
Well, it’s been an exciting and quite excellent week for our little book, #Crankenstein.
First, our beloved editor Connie at the Publishing House wrote to tell us the good news:
Crankenstein has been awarded the Silver Award by the National Parenting Publications Awards committee. Or NAPPA.
(Nappa? I believe we need to celebrate with CRANKEN-WINE!)
I am tremendously delighted and honored and thank the good people of NAPPA.
*And I was serious about celebrating with CRANKEN-WINE.
The second awesome tidbittery was when my childhood friend Gabby, sent me a copy of September’s #REALSIMPLEFAMILYMAGAZINE and there was a full page ad for CRANKENSTEIN inside!
Lookit that little monster.
First he was a Little, Brown calendar-boy, and now he’s gone all print-ad.
We have to be careful or it’s going to go to his head, and let’s face it, his head’s already pretty huge.
Here’s what the ad looks like:
Then yesterday, my thoroughly thoughtful friend Kevin sent me the homepage from #BarnesandNoble’s website, and there was #Crankenstein AGAIN as a Halloween recommendation, along with some INCREDIBLE titles beside him.
These things COMPLETELY made my week and MAJORLY made me smile.
So to all the people who took the time to take pictures and post CRANKEN-SIGHTINGS around the world, or send me a photo of their kid reading Crankenstein, or to *clear out* the B & N Vegas store’s entire CRANKINVENTORY like my little brother Milo did, let me just tell you, it is really, really appreciated.
Like, forever and ever appreciated.
The Eyebra™ is a moulded, sculpted, lined and padded eye-shade.
It blocks out all light, without ever touching your EYES.
I couldn’t live without mine.
Tons of them exist, but no one’s branding them EYEBRA™ YET!
Snap to it, Bedhead Pajamas! get cracking’ Bucky! Spanks, where are YOU?
Even Victoria’s Secret could be making these badboys.
They retail low, and are outstanding on flights, bright lights, and sleep-needed nights.
Now, would someone re-brand them already?
I drew this yesterday, so you can see what I mean.
Then feel free to send me a check for my consulting fee.
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