What an absolutely chaotic week I just had. I knew it was going to be crazy but I never imagined it would be THIS crazy!! Wednesday night I had the great privilege of attending BlackBook Magazine's 15th Anniversary Party. Oddly enough my greatest highlight was not landing eyes on the beautiful Alexander Skarsgard of True Blood, but actually meeting my favorite gossip blogger ever; JustJared lol. Thursday night, as you know, was FNO in New York and I spent the greater part of three hours drawing portraits at Lord & Taylor.
I have to tell you that it was single handedly one of the wildest experiences I've ever had. The lineups for each of our tables wrapped around the third floor garment racks. I witnessed a full-blown fight after a woman was hellbent on being drawn by another artist and myself. The pressure we were under was unbelievable, meeting and drawing stranger after stranger. Eventually I found that I was able to disconnect and just draw like I would in class. Fortunately we had the incredible support of Karen Santry and FIT's Illustration Chairperson Ed Soyka to keep us on track.
As I mentioned in my previous post, I was visited by the beautiful and talented illustrator/designer Joanna Baker and the gorgeous girls of Trois Femmes: Sherry, Shirley, and Rachel. I also owe a huge thank-you to my amazing friends Josina Hector and Jenny Devenny for coming out to show their support and take so many of the pictures you see above. I was almost in tears at a certain point in the evening (in part because it was sensory overload) but also because it was the first time I saw, right in front of me, the joy that portrait drawing brings to people.
The fun continued onto Friday when Joanna and I met-up to attend Blogger's Night Out at Pranna. The event was so beautiful, professional, and well organized with free cocktails, snacks, and swag bags to boot. I can't believe this all happened in the span of three days. Oh and did I mention that Fashion Week isn't even over until the 15th?! This Wednesday I will be illustrating the VIP's and Bloggers attending the N:F:P fashion show at Wix Lounge alongside powerhouse illustrator Mara Cespon. Lastly, this Friday I will be participating in perhaps the most exciting event of all (cannot disclose just yet :).
So there you have it loves, my little/big whopping update. I wish I could have met all of you from near and far, because simply put, you make this all worthwhile. Sending so much love.