Paper Love

When using watercolors, inks, sometimes gouache and even charcoal, my favorite support to work on is Arches 100% cotton, hot pressed watercolor paper in block format. Arches watercolor blocks come in three varieties: hot pressed, cold pressed and rough. I prefer the hot pressed, or “grain satiné”, because it’s smooth enough for the precision illustrations I like to do yet “toothy” enough to show good texture, as you can see from the photo of two watercolor washes below.
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Bette Davis & Margot Channing

I suppose every woman has her own set of heroines who influenced or inspired her when she was young. For me, it was Bette Davis, especially as Margot Channing. I must have been about 15 the first time I saw All About Eve. I was stunned by Davis’ acting performance, the screenplay, the role, everything.

Davis set the bar high as far as screen divas are concerned and All About Eve remains a timeless pearl of cinematic wisdom. Margot Channing is my heroine because she represents an authentic woman – multi-faceted, powerful yet frail, intelligent and full of fire and passion.

Here are a few stills from the film. Below, discover an ink and brush sketch I’ve prepared as a base for an upcoming illustration.

Fostering a New Identity

With baby (finally) in daycare, and my pixel glamour æsthetic slowly coming together, it has become quite evident that a new brand identity for my own work is necessary. Brand Identity is a Big Phrase for what you’ll be seeing happening around here. Basically, the site will undergo many changes, slowly but surely, until I get it right. It will gradually evolve, rather than magically appear perfect and seemingly effortless. This is probably because I love the human aspect of contributing my growth as a brand for all to see. Sharing the complex, time-consuming process behind the development of a visual identity makes me feel vindicated both as a designer and as a busy mom juggling work and motherhood.

So what am I trying to say? Just bear with me as things move around, look strange and disappear/reappear. There is much to be done, as time permits, but the end result will be, I hope, lovely and coherent. I’m glad I can share this journey with others. Cheers!