Monday, March 9, 2009


Star Trek Fashion.

Lame title, I know, but it had to be done. At least I didn't use PON FARR-OCIOUS. It's a long walk, though it would have explained why LadySpock is looking a little sassier than usual.

This is for my Fashion & Lifestyle Illustration class. Each of us were assigned a different upcoming movie and had to create a related fashion spread using current runway fashion and female models. Luckily, I got Star Trek, which I secretly super-wanted in the first place. I immediately decided to draw a LadyKirk and LadySpock, so that was pretty easy. The flailing redshirts came later in the process, but they were still a lot of fun. Kirk and Spock are too busy looking hot to pay attention! And their crew is dying! Hilarious.

Obviously, I took some liberties with the ship's design and pulled some inspiration from the Star Trek: TOS too. For example, Chris Pine's Kirk seems to be wearing mostly grey and black in the movie, so I referred to William Shatner's mustard top instead. Oh, and I added bangles around their wrists instead of those rank braids that always reminded me of bad bricabrac.

Kirk and Spock are wearing Meadham Kirchoff and Alexander McQueen; Kirk has an additional Shipley & Halmos jacket and that black piece over Spock's dress is from Gucci. I think the redshirts are all wearing Fendi and Miss Sixty. If you're having some difficulty working with modern costuming, a good resource is Just click through their runway photos; they're really fantastic. There's the option of sorting by model, so you can spend an entire afternoon staring at Jessica Stam and only Jessica Stam. I mean, if that's what you're into.

Also, hello to new visitors from the blogs of Rafael Soldi and Warren Ellis, both fine, beautifully creative gentlemen that deserve your fan-love and attention. Hello, hello.

Sunday, March 1, 2009


I have so much work to post right now, I can't upload it all for fear of it CRUSHING THE INTERNET. I hope you don't mind if I share only select things from the past few weeks.

Snow Queen Designs.

I'm in a class called Illustrated Book right now, and it basically breaks down as a semester-long project in which we pick a book and then, well, (re-)illustrate it. I chose Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen (designs shown are the Robber Maiden and the floaty mirror trolls). I remember it being my favorite fairy tale when I was little, though I don't know why, because it's extra-dreary, not particularly action-packed, and there wasn't a Disney version. Anyway, I was initially anxious about having to work on one thing for an entire semester, but now I'm pretty excited about how this is going to turn out. I'm planning on using pencil for the entire thing, which I haven't done before. Hopefully this will help me make the characters a more eerie and stylish than I have seen them in other books and allow my drawings to retain some of that energy that often gets lost during the inking process.

Charm City Roller Girls Poster.

Also, I mentioned in my previous post that the Charm City Roller Girls used my "Let Them Eat Skate" illustration for their March poster (Art Director: Katy Clark; Design: Craig Lammes). Well, here it is all fancied up and ready for brawling. I swear, going to see live roller derby for the first time was even better than I expected. I'm not sure if this is because roller derby is awesome in general or because the CCRG did so incredibly that night. Regardless, I'm definitely going again.

Also, also, completely unrelated to illustration... Saturday night, I went to see Patton Oswalt record his new special in DC. That guy doesn't get nearly enough recognition, especially for his stand-up. He's my favorite comedian and I think if you check out his performances or read his blog, you'll enjoy him too. Here's a fanvid someone made for a routine that never gets old.

... Yeah, I just wanted an excuse to use that line from his act as my Title.