The Doughnut Factory

There is nothing more alluring than the pairing of high fashion and sweets. Due to this craving, I created a pair of doughnuts with a sweetness you can almost taste, and a look fit for the runway. The first batch of The Doughnut Factory series, are inspired by two of my all-time favorite brands, Dolce & Gabbana and Stella McCartney. 

First recipe replaces sprinkles with luxe red lipstick, golden leaves, lacquered roses, and pearls from Dolce & Gabbana's Fall 2015 Lipstick Mary-Jane pumps. 

Second recipe showcases my favorite Stella McCartney collection, as seen at Fashion Week around the world, featuring an assortment of embroidered lips, studded hearts, and embellished matches amongst a velvety pink icing. It is the perfect combination of romance, fun, and a little fire. 

Both illustrations have been added to the Latin for Glory Society 6 shop where you can find prints, home decor, phone accessories, and apparel. 

A R T : Interior Design meets Art

The LATIN for GLORY mission is to fuse the realms between fashion and art within the many disciplines of design. In February 2014 I was given the opportunity to re-purpose a large scale canvas into a chic work of art for a client of the high end interior design firm, KIS Interior Design.

For years I have been mentally creating art work inspired by the pop art master, Andy Warhol, and this February 2014 I collaborated on the perfect project to put these ideas into action. A client of the high-end interior design firm I currently work with, KIS Interior Design, had a painted canvas that needed to be repurposed into a work of art that would compliment the newly remodeled luxury apartment. .The 3' by 6' framed canvas would be showcased in a master closet for her (yes, for only her) so I immediately sought out to incorporate my signature motif of shoes. 

With Andy Warhol's shoes screen print in mind, I began mapping out a cluster of chic designer shoes that would appear to be floating within the boundaries of the framed canvas with no organization what so ever. In order to most efficiently disguise the existing painting, I chose to paint the entire background in the deepest black available, which also allowed the shoes to stand out. The client's penthouse is located in Miami, FL, which motivated me to chose colors that reflected the tropical and vibrant personality of the city. The trendy hues included zesty oranges, vivid reds, sumptuous purples, and something blue. 



This professionally taken photograph beautifully captures the contemporary design elements, luxury apparel, and my painting in the master closet. 

This is an image of the original painting that was provided to me by the client. First step : paint over the entire canvas in black! 

Due to the large scale of the canvas and the much smaller scale of my desk, it was challenging to visualize the entirety of the surface area needed to be covered. I used a white chalk to map out the outline of the shoes to make sure each shoe was proportional to the other, and that the composition was balanced. 

Thankfully the adjacent desk provided the perfect platform to examine the layout from a top view. 

Close up of the shoe imprints made with chalk on black acrylic. 




The Muses


Once the brilliant colors were finilized, I went over with a thin layer of black to create a "silk screen" appearance seen in the photographs of Andy Warhol. 

Six feet tall and ready to be delivered to the job site. 





S T R U T  O N . 


I L L U S T R A T I O N S : Footwear Illustrations for Metro Velvet


F E R O C I U O S   C O L L A B O R A T I O N

The few days leading up to Art Basel Miami 2013, I found myself doing what I love most...drawing shoes. If you cant have them, might as well draw them. My task was to re-create three over-the-top-gorgeous shoes to serve as the focal point in a METROVELVET article. For the Animalier Tendencies, I drew a Fendi ankle boot, Givenchy boot, and Sophia Webster heel. All three shoes incorporated animalistic qualities that were expressed through materiality, pattern, or overall look.

 A few people have asked me what was the most challenging aspect about illustrating such unique footwear. For me, personally, the most challenging part in creating these drawings was capturing the expressive qualities of each material, especially fur, in a way that looks 3-dimensional on a 2-dimensional surface. However, at the end of the day, the most complicated pieces usually turn out to be the most astonishing! Below you will find a snap shot of the final article, a few process images, and the three scanned illustrations without editing. 

L I N K  TO  METROVELVET A R T I C L E : 


Enjoy.



  
 
  

Luxe boot by Givenchy



Fall/Winter 2013 ankle boot by Fendi


Sienna Mandarin by Sophia Webster



 G E T   Y O U R   A N I M A L I E R   O N . 


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A R T : Red Soles

I sold my soul to the sole. 

My unwavering passion for shoes inevitably transfers onto my blank pages upon the initial stages of a drawing. For this drawing I decided to zoom into a stiletto designed by Christian Louboutin that was inspired by the neoplasticism technique of the late Dutch artist, Piet Mondrian. The shoe itself is a bold work of art so I aimed to focus only on one shoe to fill up the paper and reveal just the right amount of white space. 

I present to you, Ulona.










I L L U S T R A T I O N : The Oriett Domenech Collaboration

F A L L I N G  into F A L L 
With Fashion Designer, Oriett Domenech

During the short retreat away from blogging I have worked on numerous collaborations and incorporated custom made drawings for a few clients : Dakoda Travel, SHK Magazine, Gail Interiors, and the latest, Oriett Domenech. Oriett launched her fashion career at the Altos the Chavon Fashion School in Dominican Republic and had the honor to participate the next year for the Mercedes Benz Fashion Award. After interning with the beloved Oscar de la Renta in New York City, Oriett was recognized with "The New Fashion Face Award" at the Dominican Republic Fashion Week. She continues to strive in the fashion world , producing extraordinary pieces, and is currently show casing at this years Mercedes Benz Fashion Week held in New York City. 

Here is the illustration I produced for her ad campaign, featuring an enticing metallic dress that has been worn by celebrities including Kim Kardashian. The drawing show cases the power, sensuality, and exotic qualities that are eminent in the design of the dress. As the ad campaign moves forward, I will be sharing the final products. Stay tuned.