365 Women: Days 21-25

The past week has been very busy and stressful, culminating with me nursing a fever over the weekend. Despite my lack of updates, I’ve been keeping up with my 365 Women project which I managed to find time to scan just this afternoon. So, without further ado, I shall now proceed to bombard you with drawings from the past 5 days.

Day 21: Flower Child. She was supposed to be Lady Godiva until I turned her into a hippie.

Day 22: Victorian Cat Sisters. Twin ladies in Victorian garb and gatto masks.

Day 23: Little Red Riding Hood. Because Alice is overrated.

Day 24: Raven Hair. Literally.

Day 25: Our Lady of Poppies. Yet another study for a painting.

I’ll get back to fulfilling drawing  requests on February, which is just a day away. I needed to put down on paper ideas for paintings and images I’ve formed in my head.

Horns for Pigtails

I was fortunate to have been featured on Hiraya‘s blog yesterday. Hiraya is a travel agency that fosters and encourages voluntourism and ecotourism in the Philippines and in Cambodia. With their tours a mix of solidarity and adventure, Hiraya offers its clients an authentic and responsible travelling experience. Excursions are off the beaten track, allowing voluntourists to see the country as it really is.  “The solidarity missions, developed in collaboration with a local partner NGO, mainly consist of activities such as teaching, delivery of school supplies in schools of remote villages, games, art workshops, sports, cultural activities with children; and environmental missions.” Learn more about Hiraya by visiting their website and liking their Facebook page.

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The article was wonderfully penned by Max Guillien and I am very much honored and grateful for it.

On se laisse envoûter par un délicieux mélange de cultures et d’influences. Un univers étrange de couleurs nous transporte au travers de parfums tropicaux et de lignes vénitiennes, on ressent une finesse orientale mêlée à des tons « latinos », où l’on sent l’influence de Frida Kahlo sur son travail, le tout dans une ambiance bandes-dessinées fascinante. On est envoûté, charmé, surpris. Les couleurs chantent, les courbes séduisent, et le résultat réussi s’affirme dans un classicisme figuratif voluptueux, parfois osé, sans renier une modernité qui s’exprime plus dans la transgression que dans la substance de l’inspiration.

Let yourself be captivated by a delicious mix of cultures and influences. A strange world of colors takes us through tropical flavors and Venetian lines, we feel a delicacy mixed with oriental tones, “Latino” where one feels the influence on her work by Frida Kahlo, all in a fascinating comic book atmosphere. We are bewitched, charmed, surprised. The colors sing, the curves seduce, and the successful result asserts itself in a classical figurative voluptuous, sometimes daring, without denying modernity which is expressed more in the breach than in the substance of inspiration.

It’s in French, so for non-French speakers like me, Google Translate should come in handy.

Now for Day 20 of my 365 Women Project, I ended up making a study for a painting I should be able to start working on by mid-February. She’s a shaman in matador pants. A stylish high priestess perhaps.

Horns for Pigtails. A study for a painting.

Recently, I’ve began to realize how important studies are before starting to work on a painting. I usually find huge, freshly primed canvases sort of intimidating, but once I put my thoughts on paper, either through writing or drawing, the painting process becomes so much easier.

Sleeping Beauty

This is the result of almost two hours of waiting for my sister on a lazy Sunday afternoon as she took an entrance exam for law school. It took me approximately an hour and a half to finish this, which is probably the longest time I spent drawing for this 365 Women Project.

Sleeping Beauty. A peacock keeps her safe underneath its wings in her deep slumber.

It’s a reimagining  of the classic fairy tale character as a Maharaj Kumari sleeping upright with a majestic peacock as her protector. I decided to do without the usual splashes of colour for this piece and just keep it in black and white.

Flamenco Dancers

So far, I’ve already drawn a belly dancer and an Apsara dancer for this ongoing project. And now for Day 17, I came up with a drawing of three flamenco dancers as requested by Max Guillien. This isn’t my first work with these enchanting Spanish performers as subject matter. The first one I did was in late 2010 for an exhibit at Bacci. It’s a painting of a fan-wielding lady dancer with the ruffles of her extravagant bata de cola forming huge roses.

Spanish Rose (2010). 38.1 cm x 25.4 cm. Watercolor and acrylic on paper.

For this piece, I wanted to draw the 3 ladies dancing at first, but the size of my sketchbook wouldn’t do justice to the image I pictured in my head. I guess I’ll save that one for a large painting instead.

Flamenco Dancers. These three ladies are getting ready for their dance.

No bata de colas forming large blossoms this time, just three Spanish señoritas about to start dancing under the shade of cascading bougainvilleas. It’s sort of a study on their dresses and hair ornaments. One thing I love about this 365 Women Project, is that it gives me a lot of concepts that I could someday develop into series of paintings for future exhibitions. Perhaps dancers as subjects will be one of that.

Lace and Leather

As mentioned in my previous post, I wasn’t able to draw anything for the 19th so I made up for it by coming up with 2 drawings yesterday, both of which are requests.

Day 15. MindlessSpirit wanted an angel with phoenix wings done Art Nouveau style. So I took inspiration from a couple of works of Czech artist Alphonse Mucha, and tried to keep the few splashes of colours I used close to the warm palette he used for most of his paintings. Then, I gave a little twist to this angel. Instead of making her a celestial being, I turned her into a Victoria’s Secret Angel complete with lace lingerie.

Art Nouveau Angel. Her wings were inspired by how phoenixes are usually depicted in tattoos.

Day 16. Vida was very specific with this second request of hers. She wanted a girl with long, wavy hair in a leather jacket and boots. So I gave her exactly what she wanted, a bottle of Jack Daniel’s and a cigarette included.

Friday Night. She just might be Batwoman Kate Kane with an undercut.

It’s kind of a wishful thought of what I should be doing on a Friday night instead of working. Haha! I’d like to think she’s a biker chick or maybe even Kate Kane.

Cats and Coffee

I’ll be honest. I haven’t done a drawing for yesterday, so I made up for the day I missed and I’ll be posting 2 later. This mask is to be blamed for that. Haha!

Anyway, for day 14 of my 365 Women Project, I granted Mariel‘s second request and drew her a girl with many cats.

Cats and Coffee. Sipping coffee al fresco with 6 cats doesn't seem like a bad idea at all.

I toyed with a couple of ideas while working on the sketch for this. Either I turn it to a girl having coffee while taking a break from painting while her cats nap around her (which would be a self-portrait) or a girl in a cafe who took her cats along with her. I went with the latter. The cat on top of the girl’s head was inspired by a photo of my friend Myka.