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!

More Afa Ah Loo

More Afa Ah Loo

If you were following the progress of Afa’s show on Instagram, you would’ve seen a lot of behind the scenes and late nights prep for the show. I may not have been with Afa and his team, feeling the pressure of the deadline, but it sure was crunch time over in my studio. I have to brag a bit because I’m super impressed (and enormously relieved like any freelancer is when they meet a deadline) that I was able to turn in a second illustration. We had agreed to work in fluidity; when they would finish a garment and photograph it, they would send me photos and I would start the illustration. Sounds super hectic, but that’s the fashion industry for you! So back to my creative process. . . I had finished the illustration of the twins and I could’ve been done. I could have told the team that I was only able to finish one illustration and they would have been cool and understanding given the time. Buuuut, I had to be that crazy girl (and I’m seriously crazy ambitious. . . I was the crazy girl who decided to do twenty-two watercolor paintings and intaglio pints in a fourteen week term for her BFA show) and I talked myself into doing one more illustration. You guys, I did this piece in six hours! I honestly can’t believe mainly because my pregnant body hasn’t been too keen on working that hard. But you guys, I did it (thanks to be to God in all honesty)!

My main drive for doing this illustration was because I rarely get the opportunity to illustrate male models let alone male Asian models. Like I mentioned before in the previous post about Afa, diversity and representation means a lot to both Afa and I. In my heart, I just couldn’t pass up this chance to share that message of #representationmatters. Now, let’s talk about how fly my Asian brother looks in Afa’s design?! (Do people still use the word fly?!). Also that arm and that hand. . . friends, hands have been the hardest thing for me to paint. I’m telling you, praise be (did I just pull a Handmaid’s Tale reference into this?!) I have no idea how I rocked it with my crazy pregnancy brain and having had stayed up late. It’s work like this that help me grow as an artist and it’s because of this experience, I now have this boy hanging up on my wall: another reminder that this is the path I’m suppose to be on, that my voice and the message I want to share matters, and that even in the psychically limiting position I’m in, I can do difficult things. YAS. QUEEN.

(Is it socially acceptable to Yas Queen yourself?!).

This illustration is based off of Afa Ah Loo’s Spring 2019 Collection. It was created with watercolor, gouache, and Rembrandt  soft chalk pastels  on 140 lb. hot press Archer’s  watercolor paper .

This illustration is based off of Afa Ah Loo’s Spring 2019 Collection. It was created with watercolor, gouache, and Rembrandt soft chalk pastels on 140 lb. hot press Archer’s watercolor paper.

Happy Earth Day Printable

Happy Earth Day Printable

Afa Ah Loo

Afa Ah Loo

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