Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Winter Breeze :illustration submission

illustration: reubenvision

This is a submission for a "zine" being published for a local music festival. The general unofficial theme is surviving the cold weather of winter. I decided to play with the idea of a warm winter sweater & a cool icy breeze. I submitted it a little late but hope it will still be included.
(please full view for better effect)

Monday, January 30, 2012

A glimpse into my sketchbook

illustrations: reubenvision

Photos of recent pages in my sketchbook. Mind you this is not an entirely balanced representation. I dont often use flame when creating; this was for an assignment that required an element of spontaneity or lack of control. Enter a lighter & some pages from my old binder. I overlaid several pages to get the desired look & then added some illustrations around the one on the left.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Art to Inspire: Jim Darling

Windows by Jim Darling: www.jimdarling.com

Leaving you with a little inspiration on this weekend. 

Friday, January 27, 2012

Back at the Drawing Board

illustration: reubenvision

Here is the progress I have made on my most recent drawing. (sorry for the odd angle; my scanner isn't working so this is from my camera) I am planning on developing this piece a lot more & hoping to submit it to a local "Zine" which features writing & art.
Wishing you all a relaxing weekend (& secretly hoping mine will be very productive!) 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Taking the Cake

illustration: reubenvision

I decided to make this drawing a little "topsy-turvy" as a reflection of my schedule lately. I haven't posted in what feels like forever & I will try to get some more content up here to make up for it. I referenced her legs from a great illustrater that I have only recently discovered. Check out her blog here: caitlinquiet.blogspot.com I am not overly pleased with how this turned out; but that is what practice is for. I  am also taking a observational drawing course right now & I might upload some of my class works. 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Silver & Glass

So I was out hunting for treasures to add to my collection & came home with some lovely new pieces. I especially am fond of the little silver milk pitcher & the petite glass pitcher. I thought I would style it with some extra flowers from a small event this coming weekend. I will share some more of my finds later, but should have some new art to post before that.  

Monday, January 16, 2012

Dolphin Cake Topper DIY

image: reubenvision

Not a title you see on this blog everyday. I came up with this idea when planning a memory project for my creative process class. When I was around seven years old I loved dolphins. Not the most manly thing in the world; sure I loved sharks, sting-rays & whales to but dolphins took the cake. (pun intended) That year for my birthday I was delighted to receive an ice-cream cake bearing an icing dolphin just for me. 
Fast forward a few years and I have come up with something a little different inspired by that good memory. A Maple Pecan Bunt cake with boiled icing & three flipper 'd friends leaping into the sky. I also created a balloon backdrop from my crafting sheet & some pins. I can upload a printable version of the dolphin graphics if anyone is interested.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Louis Vuitton spring/summer 2012 Illustration

illustration: reubenvision

So as some of you may know Marc Jacob's spun pastel & cotton candy looks out of a carrousel at the Louis Vuitton s/s 2012 runway show. The oversized eyelet collars are what won me over at first, but the entire collection is very dreamy (sweet dreams I might add). I did this illustration of one of my favorite looks from the season and added the colour with gouache.

Tuesday, January 10, 2012


image: via

I am always up for a good flower blog & http://saipua.blogspot.com/ is no exception. Join Sarah as she renovates her new homestead, gardens, contemplates life, arranges gorgeous florals and all under the watchful eye of her dog Nea. And check out her site while you are at it: http://www.saipua.com/

Monday, January 9, 2012

WIP: A New Painting

image: reubenvision

Here is a WIP or "Work In Progress" of a painting I started late last night. Well actually I started it way early this morning. It seems, normal sleeping patterns have decided to abandon me. I was more awake in the middle of the night then I was yesterday afternoon. If this sort of productivity comes out of such things, then perhaps I should not complain. You may notice that I am actually doing the portrait over top of another painting I did as a response to music. I am not quite sure what I will do with the abstract background in the end, but I will be sure to upload a photo of the finished product. 

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Magdalena Frackowiak in Sketchbook Series

illustration: reubenvision

The gorgeous Magdalena Frackowiak as seen in H&M done in ink as part of my ongoing Sketchbook Series . A project I started to practice my sketching skills. Each drawing is done with pen, no pencils or erasers allowed; that way lines must be more decisive because there is little room for error. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

Kanye Announces Donda Sketchbook Series

illustration: reubenvision

So if any of you happen to have been on twitter last night & also happen to be following Kanye West you witnessed some pretty interesting things go down. First off he started giving a recap of his various fashion world endeavors & then he went on to explain his newest venture: Donda. According to Kanye's twitter feed: DONDA is a design company which will galvanize amazing thinkers and put them in a creative space to bounce there dreams and ideas...
Well I am not quite sure if Kanye will be knocking on my door but I thought it might be fun to give this drawing a whirl. 
(done entirely with pen [no pencils or erasers allowed])

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

FYI: The Man Repeller

What is a man repeller you might ask?
"Outfitting oneself in a sartorially offensive way that will result in repelling members of the opposite sex. Such garments include but are not limited to harem pants, boyfriend jeans, overalls (see: human repelling), shoulder pads, full length jumpsuits, jewelry that resembles violent weaponry and clogs."

It is also the name of a delightfully amusing & interesting blog I follow. Whether you are looking for new ways to work your wardrobe or just looking for a lighthearted read stop on over at www.manrepeller.com

ps: isn't this photo gold (I mean check out her shimmers on the wall)

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

from the archives

painting: reubenvision

Here is a old painting I found while cleaning & sorting out my room. It is a painting of a Gucci Ad from 08/09. I painted it directly on a pretty rough board. Hope you all enjoy, I think it will get some shelf time out on display (atop my bookshelf). 

Monday, January 2, 2012

Purple Purse ~ Sketchbook Series

illustration: reubenvision

Here is something a little different to throw into my mix of pen drawings. First difference is that it is not a model (actually I have no idea who she is) & I added some colour. Just trying to keep you all on your toes in the new year.