Saturday, February 28, 2015

Teya Bozhilova

Illustration By Teya Bozhilova 

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED AND HAVE YOU ALWAYS LIVED THERE?
I was born in Bulgaria where I presently live. It’s a beautiful small country in South Eastern Europe. We have a lovely sea, high mountain lakes and winter resorts. I’ve also lived in Spain.

HOW DID YOU BECOME A FASHION ILLUSTRATOR?
It sounds funny, but I discovered that the profession existed after I’d completed my first degree in Fashion Design. The decision to become a fashion illustrator came when I witnessed how many talented colleagues failed to get the recognition they deserved because of lack of drawing skills. I knew that my ability I could help make their ideas shine through.

WHAT QUALITIES DO DRAWINGS HAVE THAT PHOTOGRAPHY OR FILM DON’T?
I love and respect all types of art and I don’t put one over another. Illustration is just different from photography because in order to illustrate a design you just need an idea while in order to photograph it, you need to get your idea manufactured in advance.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU START THE WEBSITE, I DRAW FASHION?
I Draw Fashion was launched on August 16, 2011. My idea was to create a place that I wish existed while I was learning to draw. From the many books in my library none of them actually guided me step-by-step to the final result. I learnt the hard way and I wanted to save other artists that time and frustration.

WHAT’S YOUR EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND?
I have BA in Fashion Design and MA in Illustration. I’ve also taken classes in Brand Management, Photography and Animation. When I was 14, my parents hired a private tutor to teach me how to paint using the long-established methods. So yes, I know how to draw vases with flowers and landscapes; I find it more interesting to illustrate ladies with long legs wearing nice designs instead.

WHAT’S IT LIKE WORKING AS A FREELANCE ILLUSTRATOR?
As many freelancers would probably agree, it’s both easy, and more difficult than having a nine-to-five working day. It’s easier because you can work whenever you get inspired. The client wants the illustration done and doesn’t really care if you are drawing it in the middle of night. At the same time it’s hard because you don’t have a fixed salary every month and you have to learn to be good at time-management which is challenging for many artists.

WHAT TECHNIQUES DO YOU USE?
I used to draw with markers the traditional way but now I use digital programs and a Wacom tablet to create my illustrations. It’s quicker and the illustrations still look like they’re drawn with markers, aquarelle or any other media.

WHAT ELSE DO YOU GET UP TO?
I’m currently working on my first e-book with tutorials on how to draw fashion sketches and templates. It should be ready by the end of the year and hopefully one day it will be published in book format, too.

WHICH ARTISTS INSPIRE YOU?
I admire the work of Jason Brooks and Arturo Elena. I also find inspiration in pinup art and comics. My style of drawing is a mix of fashion illustration and the mentioned disciplines.

HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO FOLLOW UP ON THE CURRENT FASHION SEASON AND HAVE YOU SEEN ANYTHING YOU’D WEAR NEXT FALL?
Marsala, Pantone Colour of 2015, is so feminine and stylish to me that I won’t only buy a dress in the shade, I’ll also incorporate it in my new illustrations together with the other colours and trends I love.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Mariana Jungmann

Photographed By Karen Burgos

 AW15 Collection.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Ashley Isham

Photographed By Karen Burgos

AW15 Collection.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Assa Sylla

Photo Courteys Of Assa Sylla

WHAT’S IT LIKE LIVING IN THE CITY OF LIGHTS AND HOW LONG HAVE YOU LIVED THERE?
I love Paris. It’s where I was born. I couldn’t see myself living in the suburbs for example. It has nothing to do with the city. Paris is always alive whether it be day or night, and everything is within close proximity. Paris is magical.

HOW DO YOU KEEP IT FASHIONABLY PARISIENNE?
I really don't have personal style. I change my look every day. I don't like keeping the same thing going. You'll find me in super classy attire as well as in sneakers.

WHEN AND WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO BECOME AN ACTRESS?
I never decided. I stumbled on it. I never thought of becoming an actress one day. “Girlhood” was a wildcard. My friends got noticed in the streets and told me about a casting and asked if I wanted to come. I didn’t believe it at first, it sounded impossible. Because I’m curious by nature, I decided to follow them. Once there I was scheduled an audition session. I had nothing to lose, so I decided to try. I was later called back for several screen tests and then in the end I was told that I’d been offered the character called, “Lady”. Thanks to "Girlhood" I discovered the craft and immediately put the appropriate action in place. I got an agent and have since continued acting.

IS IT A CAREER PATH THAT YOU WOULD RECOMMEND?
Absolutely. I’m living the dream!

WHAT’S THE BEST THING ABOUT “GIRLHOOD” - THE MOVIE AND REAL LIFE AND DO YOU SHARE ANY SIMILAR TRAITS WITH THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY?
“Girlhood” is a fictional movie but a large part of it is grounded in reality. A lot of girls experience what occurs in the film. What happens to Marieme in the scene where she’s denied entry to high school by the principal, happened to me personally, I had the grades but was refused anyway when there were other girls whose grades weren't as good but went on to do their secondary school education. As for, "Lady", I'm completely different from her in real life. I'm not the leader of the group. I'm very sensitive. On the other hand, I can identify with friendship between girls. The complexity, the fun moments and all that stuff.

YOU AND KARIDJA TOURÉ HAVE BEEN SELECTED FOR A CÉSAR AWARD FOR YOUR RESPECTIVE PERFORMANCES IN “GIRLHOOD”, HOW EXCITED ARE YOU ABOUT THAT?
We're ecstatic and especially proud of ourselves. It's encouraging, and it’s our work being recognised.

WHAT WAS THE HARDEST THING ABOUT SHOOTING THE FILM?
It was the coolest and best film of my life (thus far). We were in good company, and the crew was a riot. The scenes in the film weren’t difficult to shoot. The only one that was tiring, is the fight scene. It was really hot. I had on a sweater, a jacket, and I had to keep sliding to the ground. Apart from that, everything went well and we’re proud of the result.

WHICH MEDIUM DO YOU PREFER, TELEVESION OR CINEMA?
I like both. But, I prefer the big screen.

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE ACTOR?
I have several, Lupita Nyong'o, Omar Sy, Leïla Bekhti, Denzel Washington and many more.

AND WHAT DO YOU DO BESIDES ACTING?
I recently graduated high school and have decided to put my further studies on hold to take on more roles and devote myself to the world of cinema. If it doesn’t work out, then it’s back to class.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

These Hose Ain't Loyal

Illustration By Teya Bozhilova

Dilemma. I've started wearing pantyhose or stockings after something of a spring and summer induced hiatus. Problem, I can't keep these hose from ripping. Don't have a memory of this happening before. I use a mix of both high-end and budget brands. Quality isn't the issue. Neither are my ragged edge free nails.

What to do? Should I take the hose out the package, moisten and freeze them? Spray them with aerosol hairspray? Or does it come down to the content of lycra perhaps?

Any tips and, wait for it...tricks are appreciated. Keep 'em coming. These hose need to work for me.             

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