Dear Friends, In the eve of a nearing mini art show of my illustrations and paintings, I had the sublime pleasure of meeting one of my artistic Heroines; Olivia de Berardinis. Me( left) and Olivia (right)
Growing up in the 90's, Olivia's Bettie Page illustrations were gorgeous, and elusive!
I remember seeing them at alternative record stores and boutiques around the west coast.
My complaint.. they were so SMALL. Only greeting card size...I wanted a full poster!
I received one of her first books, "Let them eat Cheesecake" as a gift. It has served as my biblical reference
for fantastical figurative drawing, along with books by Andrew Loomis. Both are masters of the female form, and represent an
unparelled reality that is more beautiful than anything you can imagine. I adore how
both these artists have an intuitive sense of beauty, grace, and harmony that is absolutely flawless.
They exaggerate reality, and make it even more beautiful and sublime/
NYC has Comic Con every year.. this is first year I have gone. I had a lovely time! I even bought
the re-issued "Drawing the head and Hands" by Loomis, and ( of course) Olivia's new book "Malibu Cheesecake"
as souvenirs! I've enclosed some highlights...Keep in mind, I don't watch TV, so some of this
is totally alien to me.
#1- The best couple is:
This sweet girl and her Prince Charming. They were so cute.