8 illustrators I follow on the Internet

I like to visit the blogs or instagram accounts of my favorite illustrators, discover their latest drawings and sometimes the making of illustrations. So here is a totally subjective selection of illustrators to follow:

* Isabelle Oziol de Pignol (Accro de la mode)

Isabelle Oziol de Pignol was a fashion designer before becoming an illustrator. You can check her drawings of stylish women on her blog or on her instagram.


screenshot of Accro de la mode blog


Screenshot of Accro de la mode website. Click the image to enlarge

Her blog: http://www.accrodelamode.com/

Her instagram account: http://instagram.com/accrodelamode

* Yelena Bryksenkova

Yelena Bryksenkova has a dated and mysterious world and great attention to detail.


Screenshot of Yelena Bryksenkova blog


Screenshot of Yelena Bryksenkova website

Her blog: http://ybryksenkova.blogspot.com/

Her instagram account: https://instagram.com/ybryksenkova/

* Katie Rodgers (Paper Fashion)

Paper Fashion blogger Katie Rodgers draws poetic silhouette wearing sequined gowns. On her instagram page, there are also making-of videos of her drawings.


Screenshot of Paper Fashion blog


Screenshot of Paper Fashion website

Her blog: http://paperfashion.net/

Her instagram account: http://instagram.com/paperfashion

* Danny Roberts

Fashion illustrator Danny Roberts made himself known via his blog Igor and Andre. His blog has been a little abandoned and his drawings of pink-cheeked models are now displayed on instagram.


Screenshot of Danny Roberts instagram


Screenshot of Danny Roberts instagram page

His blog: http://www.igorandandre.com/blog/

His instagram account: http://instagram.com/dannyroberts

* Chloé Fleury

Chloé Fleury creates images and characters using cut and folded paper. On her blog, she writes about her work and her life in San Francisco.


Screenshot of Chloé Fleury blog


Screenshot of Chloé Fleury website

Her blog: http://blog.chloefleury.com/

Her instagram account: https://instagram.com/chloefleury/

* Fifi lapin

Fifi lapin is a fashion blog that shows Fifi’s outfits in drawings. Its specificity is that Fifi is the only rabbit who is wearing Haute Couture.


Screenshot of Fifi lapin blog


Screenshot of Fifi lapin website

Her blog: http://fifi-lapin.blogspot.com/

Her instagram account: https://instagram.com/fifi.lapin/

* Meera Lee

Meera Lee has a personal and joyful universe that combines flowers, animals, calligraphy and colorful patternes.


Screenshot of Meera Lee instagram


Screenshot of Meera Lee instagram page

Her instagram account: https://instagram.com/merelymeeralee/

* Garance Doré

Garance Doré’s blog is well-known especially for her streetstyle pictures. Between two photoshoots, she still publishes her illustrations of women with unfinished outlines.


Screenshot of Garance Doré blog


Screenshot of Garance Doré website

Her blog’s illustrations category: http://www.garancedore.fr/en/category/illustrations/

Voilà! And you, do you follow any illustrators on social networks?

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Fifties evening dresses

In the Fifties, evening dresses looked like princess dresses. I have drawn some evening dresses that I had seen at last summer 50s Fashion exhibition in Paris.

Many of those dresses are timeless, you could wear them today, as this fuchsia long evening dress with ruby red rhinestone straps by Jean Dessès.


illustration of a Fifties fuchsia long evening dress by Jean Dessès

I like the originality of this Jacques Fath white long dress with bare shoulders and three quarter sleeves. There are buttons on the top and two big pockets on the full skirt that add character to the outfit. Even the fabric, a white honeycomb cotton, is unexpected for an evening gown.


coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Jacques Fath


Click on the coloring picture to enlarge and print it

Fashion designer Jacques Fath was Christian Dior’s rival in the Fifties. He has been a little forgotten since his maison de haute couture closed in 1957 but he was a big name in fashion at that time.

This long and wide white gown by Christian Dior is simple but effective with three ribbons sewn on the bustier. It would make a beautiful wedding dress, as the previous one by Jacques Fath.


coloring picture of a woman wearing a Fifties evening gown by Christian Dior


Click on the coloring picture to enlarge and print it

Finally, I like this modest black cocktail dress by Chanel that contrasted with all the wide dresses shown in the same exhibition room. It’s ornamented with a golden and turquoise blue brooch.


illustration of a Fifties black cocktail dress by Chanel

Another article about Fifties fashion on this blog:

Fifties day outfits

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May 2015 favorites

Here are my May 2015 favorites:

* A prehistoric beauty

Maltese prehistoric statuette called the sleeping Lady


the sleeping lady (c. 3000 B.C.). National Museum of Archaeology, Malta

* My list of health food stores in Malta

* Another Happy Day blog

Lilly has a radar to spot beautiful things and her blog Another Happy Day is an eye candy that you can enjoy even if you don’t speak French, with her streetstyle inspirations, designers or luxury cosmetics’ discoveries and inspiring pictures.

* Cate Blanchett print gown by Giles at Cannes Film Festival

Cate Blanchett wearing a blue and grey print gown by Giles at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival


photo : Pascal Le Segretain

* Busting 4 ethical fashion myths

* De L’éthique sur l’étiquette new campaign (in French)


drawing of two women putting soldées campaign labels in a shop

De L’éthique sur l’étiquette is the French counterpart of Clean Clothes Campaign. For their latest campaign, they invite people to put labels in shops to ask brands to pay a living wage to all garment workers. I find it’s a fun way to support them.

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Health food stores in Malta

Organic food is not eveywhere in Malta but you can find organic products in Malta. You just need to look for them in the supermarkets and find the nearest health food store.

In Malta, organic products are usually distinguishable by the european organic logo, white stars in the shape of a leaf on a green background.


some groceries with the european organic logo


So how many times can you see the european organic logo on this picture?

Also it’s good to know that in Malta everything is small. Health food stores are small too. So don’t expect to find everything in one shop.

I have listed the health food stores I know by town and I have located them the best I could on the island’s map.



Click here to see a larger map on google map

Attard

Holland & Barrett
Triq Il-Linja
http://hollandandbarrettmalta.com/

Birkirkara

Good Earth
Smart Shopping Complex
Triq in-Naxxar
http://www.goodearth.com.mt/

Fgura

Holland & Barrett
Triq Hompesch
http://hollandandbarrettmalta.com/

Mosta

Shanti
30 Triq il-Kungress Ewkaristiku
http://shanti.com.mt/

Saint Julian’s

Holland & Barrett
Triq San Gorg
http://hollandandbarrettmalta.com/

Good Earth
Triq il-Kbira
Balluta
http://www.goodearth.com.mt/

Sliema

Casa Natura
117 Triq Il-Kbira
http://casanaturamalta.com/

Holland & Barrett
60 Triq It-Tori
http://hollandandbarrettmalta.com/

Valletta

Holland & Barrett
5b Triq Il-Merkanti
http://hollandandbarrettmalta.com/

Victoria (in Gozo)

Organika
13 Pjazza San Gorg
http://www.organika.com.mt/

This list is not exhaustive. Feel free to add your organic good shops in Malta in the comments section.


drawing of a woman doing the grocery shopping in front of a Maltese health food store

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April 2015 favorites

Here are my April 2015 favorites:

* Walking along the cliffs in the south of Malta


cliffs in the south of Malta

* Fashion Revolution Day

* The Valley of the Temples in Sicily


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Concordia

* Feeling like wearing pale trousers


sketch inspired by a picture of Jackie Kennedy Onassis wearing a black T-shirt and white trousers in the seventies


sketch inspired by a picture of Jackie Kennedy Onassis wearing white trousers in the seventies

* The mobilisation against spring hunting in Malta

Unfortunately hunters narrowly won spring hunting referendum. Nevertheless more and more people realize that we need to protect migratory birds otherwise they will disappear.

* #Haulternative videos

Maybe you have seen people in haul videos proudly showing their shopping finds. The drawback of haul videos is that they make you want to buy stuff, which is not good for your budget. The concept of haulternative has been imagined to give an positive alternative to hauling. Haulternative videos are videos showing how to reuse your wardrobe instead of buying new clothes for example by customizing, repairing, sewing or swapping clothes. Here are some examples of #Haulternative videos on vintage fashion, renting clothes or customization.

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2015 Fashion Revolution Day: Who made my clothes?

Fashion Revolution Day is a day of international mobilisation to improve the way our clothes are made. Last year I asked fashion brand L’Herbe Rouge who made their clothes. This year I asked the same question to ethical fashion brand People Tree.

I have the same cardigan as the character on my drawing. She is also wearing a dress from the Orla Kiely for People Tree collection.

drawing of a woman wearing a printed dress and a cardigan inside out for Fashion Revolution Day

So I asked People Tree who made my cardigan and they sent me detailed information on their supplier:
My cardigan was made at Rajlakshmi Cotton Mills in India.
Rajlakshmi uses mostly Organic and Fair Trade cotton and works to ensure Fair Trade is practiced throughout the supply chain right down to the cotton farmers from Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh.
Rajlakshmi also supports its tailors with different social schemes, for example contributing to medical insurance for employees and their families, reimbursement of education fees for children…

Brands like People Tree show that it’s possible to have a traceability of clothes. Fashion Revolution Day’s goal is that all fashion brands set up traceability systems for their products to prevent abuse by some subcontractors.

Here is how you can get involved in Fashion Revolution Day:

Post a selfie wearing an item of clothing insideout on all social media and ask the brands: Who Made My Clothes? with the hashtag #WhoMadeMyClothes


Fashion Revolution Day is an opportunity to tell brands that their clients ask for more transparency.

For more information:
Fashion Revolution website
People Tree website

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The Valley of the Temples in Sicily

Located in Agigento, Sicily, the Valley of the Temples is a timeless place. You can walk in the romantic ruins in the middle of olive and carob trees, as writers Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Alexandre Dumas did before.


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Juno

Temple of Juno (click on the pictures to enlarge them)

The temples and the city (that you have to imagine) were built at the time when Sicily was a Greek colony.


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Concordia

Temple of Concordia

After the fall of the Roman Empire, the site was progressively abandoned by its inhabitants who moved to the hill where the modern Agrigento is.


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily

One of the temples is still standing thanks to its reuse as a church. Several columns of other temples were reconstructed in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Apart those, you see piles of stones cut 2500 years ago.


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Juno

Temple of Juno


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Heracles

Temple of Heracles


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Concordia

Temple of Concordia


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily


The Valley of the Temples in Sicily. Temple of Castor and Pollux

Temple of Castor and Pollux

I advise to visit the site off-season or at least off-peak to avoid breaking the spell.

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March 2015 favorites

Here are my March 2015 favorites:

* A very very very long enclosed balcony


enclosed balcony of the Grandmaster's Palace in Valletta


enclosed balcony or « gallerija » of the Grandmaster’s Palace in Valletta

* Gina Rodriguez wearing a blue gown at the 2015 Academy Awards

* A sketch

from a fashion show where some models were walking carrying their babies


sketch of a model carrying a baby

* Migratory birds and spring hunting in Malta

* An Addict’s Guide to Overcoming the Distraction Habit

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Migratory birds and spring hunting in Malta

drawing of a woman holding binoculars in the countryside

The character I have drawn for this article is a bird watcher. In Malta there are many migratory birds she can watch. Migratory birds such as Montagu’s harriers, ospreys or Eleonora’s falcons pass over Malta in Spring when they return to Europe from Africa.

Everywhere in Europe spring hunting is forbidden because it’s a migration and breeding season. Everywhere except in Malta because it has a derogation to permit hunting in Spring, in addition to the other hunting periods.

In Malta turtle dove and quail hunting in Spring is questioned as their populations are declining in Europe. But the pro-hunting lobby is powerful with political supports and very efficient lawyers: I remember that in 2014 Chris Packham, a BBC presenter was questioned for several hours by the police. He was suspected of ‘defamation’ for filming hunters. The worst thing is now the incredible lawsuit against the bird conservation organisation Birdlife Malta. The hunters’ federation is suing Birdlife Malta for ‘illegal possession of protected birds’. Birds that were shot at by hunters and that Birdlife Malta members were trying to rescue!

Fortunately, last year 44,000 Maltese have signed a petition against spring hunting. Thanks to them, a referendum will take place on April 11th. Lobbies do not always rule the roost. I hope the vote against spring hunting will win so that Malta becomes a welcoming haven for migratory birds during their long journey.

drawing of migratory bird flying

For more information, see Spring Hunting out website

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Gina Rodriguez wearing a blue gown at the 2015 Academy Awards

Every year, I watch the outfits on different red carpets. I spot my favorite outfits and I try to spot the most beautiful ethical or vintage outfits too.

At the Academy Awards, I found that actress Gina Rodriguez outfit was a success. The gown was designed by Manon Gabard for Red Carpet Green Dress. The backless cobalt blue long gown is made from organic peace silk*. I especially like that her dress is as gorgeous from behind as from the front.

drawing of Gina Rodriguez wearing a backless cobalt blue long gown at the 2015 Academy Awards

* Peace silk is produced without killing the pupae

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