Last year, I came across this video which I found to be incredibly inspiring (I’ve watched it a million times) . Not only because it features the work of Glen Keane, but because it displayed how real an artist’s work can be and exist within their mind. The act of imagining is pretty incredible in itself. I imagine many of the things I create in my mind to be real. To be able to visualize those imaginations on paper so that they can be seen by others is a powerful tool. But, to be able to physically portray those ideas within a 3D environment takes them to another level.
This past January, Google’s Data Arts Team invited me to San Francisco to immerse myself into a virtual world where I could create art within a three dimensional space. I spent a full day with the Google team, playing with Tiltbrush for the very first time. Stepping into a giant room covered in black drapes, I was handed the headset which was attached to a long black cord. Once I had the headset on, it was like I was in another world straight away. I had stepped into a dark and serene desert landscape, surrounded by 360º of distant mountains and a subtle starry night’s sky as I looked up over my head. It was a super relaxing virtual space. Everything felt calm, and very similar to how I feel when I paint late at night.
Once I had stepped into the VR world, I was handed two plastic controllers. I could see nothing around me in the real world, I was completely inside the virtual world. Once I had the plastic controllers placed in my hands, two virtual controllers appeared within my hands in the desert. There was a color palette and brush palette in my left hand, and a selector and brush tool in my right hand. They briefly explained how everything worked before I went into the virtual world, but from there they wanted me to fully experience what it’s like to figure out how to use a new tool. I think it took about 2 minutes to figure it all out. It felt more natural than I ever would have thought. I immediately began experimenting with the different brushes, line weights, opacities, and other tools. Instantly hooked!
Over the next few hours, I began timed drawing exercises. 30 min sketches, 20 minute sketches, 10 minute sketches, etc. Within the VR world, my mind completely forgot about the real world around me. A scary but fascinating situation. The only thing snapping me out of the creation of my art were the occasional moments when I was tangled in the VR cording. At the end of each drawing, I would take the headset off to take a quick break or to let one of the team members go in and experience my drawing. It was the weirdest feeling to step out of the virtual world. My artwork felt very real… like I could reach out and pick it up. Each brushstroke appeared to be a three-dimensional form. As soon as I was out and back in the real world it felt as if I had lost something that was just right in front of me. Very surreal. I couldn’t wait to go back in.
I also found TiltBrush to be a challenge. It made me rethink my work completely. Of course, drawing in 2D is a completely different experience than 3D. Drawing a gown on a figure meant creating brush strokes all the way around the woman, so it appeared on all sides as you walked around her. It felt a bit like I was relearning to draw… in a sculptural way.
I loved how physical Tiltbrush made the drawing process. Often, I’m stuck sitting at my drawing table all day when I’m working. In VR, to draw a star in the sky, I had to reach high in the air and physically create that star with my body. It was never something I really thought about while I was using it… it felt natural and intuitive. Unsurprisingly, by the end of 8 hours, I was incredibly exhausted when I came back to reality.
To be able to fill a world around me with my work and imagination was an incredible experience. The future should be fun…
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Exploring the seductive scent of Narciso Rodriguez’s new parfum, Narciso Poudreé… A powdery scent filled with notes of Bulgarian rose and white jasmine. Wrapping myself in Poudreé nonstop this Spring!
Dreaming of gowns and shadow dancers… every night and day I dream those dreams. At last, I can go to sleep wearing them!
My latest collaboration with BedHead Pajamas has launched today with our first print, Belle of the Ball. Created from my painting filled with ladies twirling in colorful gowns…
Here’s a look at the styles, with a few more prints soon to come. The pajamas are available here and in select stores (Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Zappos, etc). They are also available to shop in person in LA at the Bedhead Pajama store. All of the pajamas are made in the USA.
I can’t wait to see you wearing your own pair, tag your photos on instagram/twitter/facebook with #KatieRodgersForBH
I’m obsessed with finding ways to use metallics to convey a sense of luxurious calm. A moonlit sky conveyed with midnight neutrals combined with the beauty of a twinkling night of sparkling metallic’s and whites to signify it’s stars. This color palette creates a sense of quiet. A calm, beautiful, night’s sky.
I’ve also begun to think carefully about each line and brushstroke… is each and every line necessary to convey the image? To reinvent something I see through minimal line and color. I’ve become obsessed with minimizing my lines down to the bare minimum. It’s fascinating that often a single line can say so much, isn’t it? Striking and to the point… yet still contains that sense of mysterious luxury.
A Shadow Dancer created with one single line…
Music has always been one of my main sources of inspiration. It always seems to do the trick when I need a little help awakening the imaginations inside my mind.
Once a week I will share 10 of my current favorites with you. Or you can dive into my full (always updated) playlists here!
A world filled with the charm, wonder, and imagination of fashion and dance, welcome to the new Paper Fashion!
I worked with my wonderful friends at Logic + Grace to give my world a fresh look for a new chapter. Take a look around… I’d love to hear what you think.
At last, you can shop for prints and phone cases directly on my website! I’ve also curated a shop-able Artist Box filled with my favorite art supplies, fashion illustration books, and lots of other artsy things. I’ll be updating this each month with current favorites and resources.
I hope to bring moments of mysterious beauty to your lives through my paintings, along with many more #ShadowDancers! Thank you so much for following along…
Bidding is now open on 3 original artworks I created in collaboration with Winsor & Newton!
Bid now through Feb 25th on www.auction.starforlife.org – all proceeds go to Star For Life! (Lots of other amazing artists works up too!)
You can also go see the pieces on display in Paris at the opening event on Feb 23rd at 7:30pm. RSVP to email@example.com to attend.
Entering the whimsical world of Christian Louboutin’s Clair de Lune collection… inspired by an evening filled with the flirtatious romance of moonlit flowers.
I worked to capture the magic of the Clair de Lune collection’s meticulously hand-placed sparkling strass through my palette. A celestial universe awakens just in time for Valentine’s Day…
Here’s a small glimpse at the process behind each illustration.
See more on www.ChristianLouboutin.com
A new Paper Fashion! See you soon.
What I always hope to see when I look up at the sky…
– The Shadow Dancers
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