From the moment I started contemplating creating a blog, I KNEW that I wanted to have an illustrated version of myself as my icon. I contemplated several options, but when Christine (also known as Miss Chris) offered her services to me when I first began posting on Facebook about the possible creation of a blog, she made me an offer I couldn’t refuse! As an avid fan of her artwork already, I jumped at the opportunity to work with a fellow vintage lover already familiar with my style who so obviously knows what she’s doing and understands the aesthetic.
Her work generally focuses on burlesque dancers, vampy dames, and Disney characters when she’s not working on commissions for other bloggers, and the above are some of my favorites. I adore her use of color and appreciate that she very obviously has a clear, recognizable style to her work – something that drew me in the moment I saw one of her pieces.
With my own piece, we bandied a few ideas back and forth before I finally settled on a specific painting whose composition seemed easy to fit into social media icons. This gorgeous Elvgren piece served as the inspiration and jumping-off point:
As we were both in the throes of schoolwork with the impending end of the semester, I decided to avoid my responsibilities (as one does) by sketching up an idea for what I wanted. I took the original position/general idea, and incorporated everything I wanted to add/alter – Meg’s flower, a Disneybound version of Belle’s look, a book, a Mickey brooch, and a Turkish tile umbrella.
A few weeks later, when we’d both finished our semesters and had a bit of a breather, Christine started sending me progress photos of my piece and regularly checking in to make sure I liked what was happening. While most artwork has awkward stages where the incompleteness renders the whole thing a bit awkward, I can honestly say that I never had that moment as Christine sent me updates. From pencil to paint, her work was truly beautiful start to finish and I honestly couldn’t be happier with my commission!
I adore every single detail and can’t really think of a way something could feel more “me.” I’m so glad Christine offered me her services and am excited to know that she’s branching out and starting to make headpieces as well! Wearable artwork is one of my favorite things.
If you would like to commission your own masterpiece or if you just want to see beautiful works of art on your feed, you can head to the below links to find her:
Miss Lark Bahar