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Today, I decided to go a different route and do a fun mash-up of anime magical girls and their respective mascots in honor of AX this year. I’m so psyched to be going after not being able to for so many years, and even more excited to see my friends who are traveling all the way from overseas! It’ll be nice to hang out and check out the booths at the con. Crossing my fingers and hoping to bring home some pieces from the brands Swankiss and kokoKim and picking up a print or two! Since my blog can only allow so much real estate I took the liberty of including a larger image in case you click to see it bigger.

☆☆Polar opposite magical girls ☆☆

☆☆Polar opposite magical girls ☆☆

 

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Retail therapy kitty

June 5th, 2014 | Posted by mariasarria in Maria Sarria - (0 Comments)

One of the ways I enjoy de-stressing or breaking from a nasty case of artist block is to go out and window shop. Not only does it relax me but seeing all the hot trends, patterns, and colors always seems to spark new ideas and images! Unfortunateeeelllyy… sometimes not only does my brain go ‘OOooo’ but so do my grubby hands. Almost always leading to a heavy sigh later on from my wallet lol!  But for those 1st few minutes I totally feel like this cute kitty below!

A very happy purchase!

Been feeling nostalgic lately and picked up a couple of CDs from one of my fav bands Pizzicato Five. They were well known in Japan and overseas for popularizing a new sound in the late 90’s called Shibuya-kei which combined 60s pop, bossa nova, and electronica tunes. The manga/anime Detroit Metal City made a huge jab at the genre by having the main protagonist Soichi don a mushroom cut, nerdy hipster clothes, with the aspirations of making it big as a “trendy pop” singer. Despite the fad kitschyness, I have fond memories of listening to “Twiggy Twiggy” and “Triste” as a kid via my older friend’s mixed tapes. Watching the music videos after soo many years I couldn’t help but want to draw the lovely Maki Nomiya; accompanied by stylized minis of K-Taro and Konishi-san.

Miss Maki Nomiya of Pizzicato Five, with K-Taro and Konishi.

Miss Maki Nomiya of Pizzicato Five, with K-Taro and Konishi.

Happy Easter everyone!

Already celebrating with a nice big slice of sweet Tsoureki bread. Yum!

Me and the hubby will just have to arm wrestle on who gets to eat the center dyed egg tomorrow LOL

Speaking of Easter, I’ve got a few cards out at Hallmark with my illustrations/designs. All bunnies all varied, it’s crazy to see how different one can draw the same animal over and over. Then again rabbits are just so darn cute it is hard not to want to doodle them.

 

Easter cards I designed for Hallmark.

Easter cards I designed for Hallmark.

Lately I’ve been on a crazy 50-60s movie binge thanks to my Roku! As a big fan of everything  mid-century modern and mod design, there’s the obvious eye candy in old flicks like costume design, set, furniture, and appliance that keeps my eyes darting around the screen. And no movies make my creative heart beat more than Audrey Hepburn classics like Roman Holiday, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, and My Fair Lady.

And as a fashion-crazy artist chicklet, it may sound cliché to say that one of my favorite actresses from this era is Audrey Hepburn. It’s not just her charms and grace on/off screen, but her sense of personal style and love of simple elegance is something I can really relate to. I’m not big on fads, I tend to like what I like and what fits my personality and mood that day. A philosophy Ms. Hepburn carried with her and was known for– being true to one’s self. Now how can anyone guy or gal argue with that? ^_~

A cool and elegant Audrey carrying her speedy bag.

A cool and elegant Audrey carrying her speedy bag.