Happy Friday, everyone. Hurry up, weekend…
Also, before I get into discussing this post’s illustration, I just want to explain my near two-week absence from this blog. I’m not apologizing for it, as I often see bloggers doing for not posting enough, since I know no one’s been devastated by having one less blog to read. But I still want to explain what I’ve been up to since this blog is after all, very important to me at least. 1.) I’ve been working on a book project with my father-in-law, who’s an Elvis tribute artist, the details of which I hope to be able to divulge soon. And 2.) I’ve also made time for art, even though it hasn’t been on this blog. For the first time I created an illustration for the community newspaper I work for, Town & Village, which you can see here if you like. It’s just a simple pen sketch to accompany an opinion piece, but I had fun doing it.
And now, onto the business of this week’s My Style Canvas illustration, which is a portrait of Beth Ditto, the lead singer of punk rock band Gossip. (And just to shake things up a little I dispensed with my watercolors this week, and painted this pen ink illustration using the most basic tools in Photoshop.)
As for the choice of my latest muse, all I can say is I love the fact that Ditto has become a full-fledged influencer in the world of fashion. I love that despite having a figure that’s far from skinny, she has had editors eating out of the palm of her hand as she’s a) walked the runway for Gaultier, b) posed nude on the cover of a magazine (the debut issue of Love), c) designed a line of clothing for plus-size label Evans, and oh yeah d) blasted Karl Lagerfeld for calling Adele fat.
And hey not just anyone could do all this and be considered a muse and not just another self-promoting brat. It’s actually quite a coup. But there’s just something about the “I Wrote the Book” singer. Along with being a fearless dresser on stage and off (lots of little dresses in bright colors and perpetually heavy eye makeup) the 31-year-old singer also exudes a sense of playfulness mixed with confidence. Whenever I see pictures of her I can’t help but think of her as a modern day Betty Boop.
So… when I found this fab photo online of Beth dressed in a beaded, flapper inspired number at a photo op, I knew I’d have to illustrate it. I’m not sure if this portrait does justice to Ditto’s style, but even creating it made me want to go get a tattoo and a manicure so I captured the results I wanted in my head at least.
This post is linked to Paint Party Friday.
Beth’s style is amazing. I admire her very much.
Lots of talent you’ve got there! We’d love to see more 😀
Fab!!! And I am just loving your blog. I am also a fan of black and trying new things with lots of color this summer!
Congrats! & beth ditto is amazing, so inspiring.
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Love this girl. She has style and attitude and looks so pleased with herself. Great work.
Hi sabina, I like it! I really do! She’s got style AND attitude! patsy
Your illustration is really cool, she looks very fashionable. I like it a lot!!
it sounds as though you are involved in wonderful things! so exciting. I wish you success. Wonderful to see your version of Ms. Beth!
Una ilustración fantástica. Muy buena.
Love this! Awesome and congrats! 🙂
Way to go on getting published! You must be so busy and that’s in a good way. I love your digital painting. She looks groovy!
I love her hair and her sweet yet saucy expression! Well done…
Well done and congrats. How fun to be able to do something for the paper. HPPF.
Good for you to illustrate for the paper, well done! Your drawings are very good and your ladies all have a character of their own!
Love your portrait! I think it’s great that you are taking time to make art. It’s hard to keep up with all of this online social scene and create too – follow your heart! Thanks for your advice on where to go with my difficult painting. Happy PPF!
This is a beautiful portrait and a great outfit, well done, Sabina! I see personality here.
Congratulations on your newspaper illustration!!
Great illustration today!
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Congrats on your newpaper illustrator debut, that’s great!
Good job with Beth Ditto, she has an amazing face and style!
I am unfamiliar until now of this singer and group (not a music person at all) but I LOVED her style and spunk which your illustration emotes full blast! Fun reading and learning about her as well.
Your other illustration for the article on noise was fun to see too.
I am always mindboggled that what looks like painted is really photoshopped. I must learn how to do this.
This is a great illustration and am sure Beth would be flattered that you painted her much more svelte than she actually is. The Elvis tribute art sounds intriguing and I hope you post about it soon so we can see what the project is.
Congrats!! Love this painting and good for you for making lots of studio time. Happy PPF
Well, well…. This girl is ready to go partying, this achieved the fall of clothing and tattoo too, very well. Saludos
Congratulations on your illustration for the newspaper!! Today’s illustration is fabulous!! I did not know about her before, but I am off to check her out!