Friday, April 18, 2014

Memory Lane

Holy crap, guys! I'm so happy to say that I am done with my senior thesis project!
Memory Lane is a collection of clothing hand-stamped with patterns that center on the them of nostalgia.

Glossi.com - Memory Lane
Click to view on Glossi.com

I started this in fall when I designed my patterns. I then cut my own stamps and printed them on ethically sourced clothing. I thrifted the shirts, and the fabric for the skirts, which are hand sewn. I then found some models and conducted a photoshoot with them in my clothes. I made some illustrations from these photos. Lastly I designed a lookbook for them!

You can now purchase the shirts and skirts on Etsy!
Also, just for my blogger friends, I'm selling totes, too. The totes I made didn't hold up well in the wash, so I decided only to sell the ones that didn't smudge, and at a discount ($8). If you're interested in purchasing the Lights, Fishies, or Dandelion totes, please contact me! I'm also going to take custom orders for these, so please email me at rachelsullivanillustration@gmail.com if you want one!

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Mod Skirt


Today I wore this fabulous mod corduroy skirt that made my legs look buff..?



I've got about two weeks left at school here and less than a month until I've graduated and am on my way to Italy! Thank god, too, because being here is wearing me out! Now is a complicated time.


Shirt: American Apparel
Skirt, Necklace: Vintage
Shoes: Wanted
Bow: Made by Me

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Guest Post at Cuddly Cacti

I've known Dus through blogging for awhile, and she is sweet as can be! She just did a interview with me about my art, so go check it out!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sunshine and Rainbows


Today I'm going to talk about some things that I am happy about, because I feel like I do a lot of bitching and complaining on the blog, and yeah ok my life isn't always sunshine and rainbows, but it is sometimes!
1. My parents take care of me.
2. I'm good at painting rad ladies.
3. I have pretty dresses.
4. My friends make me laugh.
5. Travis is my soul mate.
6. The weather is nice right now.
7. I'm going to have a college degree in a month.
8. I get to go to fuckin Italy!
9. I have pretty lipsticks.
10. I have a rockin bod.







What do ya'll have going for ya?

Shirt: Old Navy
Jeans: American Eagle
Shoes: Urban Outfitters (on hella sale, too)
Crown: Made by Me
Lipstick: Mac Morange

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Anime Babes Part 1

I'm working on an ongoing series about my favorite anime characters. So here are all the anime babes I've painted in the past month!


Sailor Moon
Obviously. The most relatable character ever, she loves eating, sleeping, video games, and still saves the world. I wish I was her.


Greed (as Ling, FMA) 
Seriously, I have such a crush on him. Tbh I can't even really explain it, but when Greed took over Ling's body it was the most perfect and logical plot twist. And he's so cool, I can't stand it.


Asuka (NGE)
Okay so she's mean and bossy as hell (Travis always teases me for relating to her so much), but she's complex and has had to deal with way too much for a 14 year old. She's so strong, and I love her for all her flaws.
 

Homura (Madoka Magica)
It was really hard for me to choose between Madoka and Homura from PMMM, but Homura is really a badass. She seems stand offish, but she's really just had to harden herself against circumstance, and I admire her.


Kamina (Gurren Lagann)
He's such a babe, I can't help but love him. Girl power will always be my first love, but he's just the embodiment of masculine-friendship-power and it's adorable and inspiring as heck. He really stays with you for the whole series, if you know what I mean. 


That's all I got for now, but you can bet more are in the works (L from Death Note, Mako from Kill la Kill, and Jet from Cowboy Bebop to name a few <3!!) What are your fave characters??


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Guest Post at Some Girl

I was so super busy this past week that I completely forgot about my guest post that went up on Emily's blog on Wednesday! To see the process work behind this piece, check it out here, and be sure to follow her lovely blog while you're at it!


Monday, April 7, 2014

Stress and De Stress


Ya'll, I'm tired.

Very pleased to say that my Senior Portfolio Show is done, thank God. We had a really great turn out and it was nice to show off all my work and get positive feedback. Our speaker, Nathan Yoder, did a great job, and was a total cutie imo. I'm not quite done with my lookbook, so you'll have to wait another week or so before my clothes are for sale (if my teacher ever approves the design, jfc), but I do have a shiny new portfolio site!



Now that the senior show stress is all over, I just have normal stress to deal with! I've been on my antidepressants for about a month and a half now, so I thought I'd let you know how that was all working out. I had headaches for the first couple weeks, but those went away. I've been dealing with some sexual side effects, and I've lost about 10 lbs because I just don't have as much of an appetite. I'm paying attention to my weight and how much I eat, but I'm not going to worry unless I slip below 120 lbs, because that would get me into the underweight territory. I'm mostly worried because a lot of my cute clothes are too big for me now haha!

Other than that, they've been really good! I still have some anxious nights and bad moods, but I feel much more positive overall. It's a lot easier to handle bouts of anxiety when you're not depressed about it. 





I feel like that all sounds like small potatoes when I can sum up my whole senior show into like a sentence and a half, because it really was a huge amount of work. I've mentally moved on to graduation, Italy, finding a job, and moving into an apartment with Travis.


Dress: Dear Creatures
Shoes: Wanted
Brooch: Made by Me

Friday, March 28, 2014

Campus Princess


I like how well these tights match my skin color. Almost fooled you into thinking it's spring weather here, huh! It's close, though. This week is supposed to be in the 70s <3




It's been awhile since I've worn this dress because it seems like a winter dress to me, but the short hem and no sleeves say otherwise. So I just had it hanging on my wall like the beautiful piece of art it is... It doesn't really jive with my ever more simplistic style these days, either, but it made me feel like a princess around campus!

So nothing is really new in my neck of the woods, just doing school things/trying to put off doing school things. I'm really looking forward to getting any amount of money so that I can use it to buy a new tripod. Then I can take photos outside again in the beautiful springy weather!! Been spending all my pennies on things like portfolios and business cards. Grown up things cost a lot. At least my business cards are actually adorable. I'll share them on here soon!

If you're wondering about the verdict on this hairdye, I used Splat and it's faded a bit after two washes in cool water. It still looks pretty even and it's still a nice shade at this point.






Dress: Romwe
Shoes, Cardigan: Thrifted
Petticoat: American Apparel

Hope it's warm where you are.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Etsy Update: Spring

Honestly you guys, this batch of vintage rocks. 
I'm pretty sad to see some of them go! Click the links to get directed to the listings.
If art's more your game, check out my new Full Custom Portrait and Pet Portrait listings!
PS - You can still use code WINTERBLUES for 20% off!!









Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Peach


Spring break was wonderful, but now I'm back at school!


No, but really. Coming back was really stressful because I was dreading it, and because being in this environment drains me. Plus Monday I ran all around campus trying to print out these ugly damn poster layouts for class because the lab's printer was broken :p

I only have one month left of school, forever and ever amen, and my senior show is less than 2 weeks away! Yikes! I'm so ready for it just to be behind me. Then I can focus on important things (like coding websites lololol jk).

So even though Monday was icky, I'm certain Tuesday will be better. Tuesdays are wayyyyy nicer to me.




Are you wondering if I bought this shirt because it matches my hair? I did.



Shirt, Sweater, Shoes: Thrifted
Skirt: Asos

I hope your weeks are off to a pleasant start! Spring's acomin and all that!