fashion illustrated – what I wear #1
Usually I find nothing good ever comes of negativity on the internet – trust me this is a lesson learned from excruciatingly bad personal experiences. A few weeks ago, however, this hard-won assumption (among others) was proven wrong by this post which I noticed because in the comments, my work was being compared, unfairly in my favour, to the work of Gemma Correll. It is embarrassing as an artist to take this kind of thing as a compliment – now I know what Beyonce felt like at the VMAs. Besides that I feel empathy for any artist who gets criticized on the basis of style – style is personal, and personal attacks are very painful.
Yet it was thanks to this unfortunate post that I found Gemma’s flickr account and totally fell in love with her style – a candid, self-deprecating sense of humour with a lovely sense of personality behind the drawings. I especially enjoy her daily diary series – its fascinating to see what other artists do all day.
Gemma invited me to participate in her “what I wore today – drawings” flickr pool, and even though I’m not much of a dress-up kind of girl, or a self-portrait kind of illustrator, the enthusiasm of all the participants has inspired me to give it a go. Expect a few more of these from me, with some improvements as I figure out how to do it.