Victoria-Riza Fashion Artist Illustrator and Printmaker

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I'm Victoria-Riza. I'm an artist and this blog is where I document my creative journey as well as invite conversations on culture and social issues through my art. Join me on my art adventures! Read more here!

Lipstick from Scraps

I'm getting a kick out of this tiny art made of scraps that I'm doing. It stresses me out because it's been a while (a long while) since I'm been spontaneous with my art making. One of the first rules I learned to mark making is to make a mark with confidence. Just mark and go with it. Eraser are for wimps!

The work that I've been creating lately, I go through the process of thumbnails, sketching it out, and then creating the final piece. It will take me a couple of days to finish a piece, possibly even longer now that I have a little one. So this new project I'm doing allows me to work faster and be more spontaneous. Plus, this kind of spontaneity is exhilarating. I get this weird kind of high from creating work this fast. Once I dip my brush in that ink bottle, I know I have to make a decision fast. And once I touch my brush to my surface, I have to just go for it. Every mark I make stresses me out! But there's that moment when I make my last mark, finishing the illustration, and I step back and I'm one, relieved it all worked out and two, I'm in awe by what I just created. It's so fun to make work without really having a plan, other than to just go for it and make it. 

I go through the similar roller coaster with tearing the paper. I use fine art paper like Lokta, Nideggen, or Gampi. Each paper has it's own personality, with all sorts of crazy happenings of grain and fiber. So tearing paper is definitely a spontaneous feat, as I have to know how to tear it and make use of what the paper has to offer. For example, this paper I used in this piece (I can't remember the name, but it's Japanese), is very fibrous with a lot of fine fuzzy hairs when you tear it. You'd think I'd want a cleaner and crisper torn edge when illustrating beauty products, but that's what the fun of this project is. Work with what you have!  

Where's what I created today from scraps of paper, left over illustration board, glue, and ink. 

 
Lipstick Illustration by Victoria-Riza
 
Lipstick Illustration by Victoria-Riza
 
Lipstick Illustration by Victoria-Riza

  

Lipstick II

Working from Scraps

Working from Scraps

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