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I recently learned that the Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty exhibition will be coming to the Victoria and Albert Museum in London in March, 2015. If you didn’t get to see the original exhibit at the Met in New York, you definitely can’t miss this one. His work is astonishing and to see it in person is such a privilege.

Over the next couple of months, I hope to go through and draw some looks from each of his collections.

Daphne and McQueen

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I finished this illustration a while back and never posted it. I think it ties nicely with my Terror and Beauty post. I experimented with some india ink on transparencies to get a different look for the feathers. It turned out different than I had imagined but I had limited supplies, so I had to make due. I definitely need more practice!

Toronto Fashion Week FW14

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Toronto Fashion Week has come and gone in a whirlwind. Again this season, I worked with Draw A Dot. to live sketch the shows. This time we collaborated with IMG and Sony who provided us with Xperia Z tablets to draw on. I was able to attend 9 shows and did 30 illustrations. Check out the entire project on Draw A Dot. here.

More drawings after the link. Continue reading

Terror and Beauty

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© Estate of Francis Bacon / SODRAC (2013)
© The Henry Moore Foundation. All Rights Reserved, DACS / SODRAC (2013) http://www.henry-moore.org

I jumped on the chance to attend the media preview of the Francis Bacon and Henry Moore exhibit at the AGO. Henry Moore is one of my favorite contemporary artists and I’ve only seen two pieces by Francis Bacon in person.

The Art Gallery of Ontario in collaboration with the Ashmolean Museum brings together 136 artworks by Bacon and Moore. The exhibition was curated by Dan Adler, associate professor of art history at York University.

At first, it seems like an unlikely pairing but when you see the works side-by-side, everything becomes more apparent. Both artists express their experiences through explorations of the human figure; one with brush strokes and the other with chisel and hammer. The affect of war and of suffering, religion, and vulnerability are all themes that are echoed in the artists’ works. Continue reading