Up Close and Personal with Fashion Illustrator, V.G. Waymer (Interview)

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V.G. Waymer is an artist living and working in Hampton, Virginia. She was born in 1960. Her A.A. in Fashion Illustration and Graphic Design was received from New England School of Art & Design at Suffolk University where she studied with Frank Raneo, a noted fashion illustrator. Prior to that she attended Pratt Institute where she was enrolled as a Fashion Design major but soon realized that her passion lay with illustration rather than the actual construction of apparel. Subsequently, after raising three children, V.G. pursued a certification as a life coach focusing on helping artists to regain effective work habits and spark new avenues of exploration in their chosen medium.
 
As a result V.G. has spent the last ten years in experimentation and exploration of many other types of art including lampworking, mask making, visual merchandising, costuming for an Afro Cuban dancer, and lately body painting under the name of Besitos Body painting. She studied body painting in 2011 with John Vargas, a world renown body painter. As Besitos owner and chief artist V.G. has provided her services to photographers and dancers in her community. Spending time creating is an important cornerstone of V.G.’s life as an artist.

V.G. is currently preparing for a group exhibition entitled, Art Walk scheduled for later this Spring in Hampton, Virginia. She is working to reestablish her signature style as a fashion illustrator. In the coming months she will be collaborating with several blogs and online magazines, so stay tuned! In the meantime let’s take a closer look at V.G, in our exclusive interview below:

Who are you?

I have all types of labels as most women do. Three years ago I decided that I really needed to diligently pursue my art. I had to put in the time like I’ve never done before (due to family obligations). We’ve raised three beautiful people and I often didn’t have the luxury of being a “starving” artist. Instead I found jobs where I could put my creativity to work, learn about the business end of art and also gain an understanding of what I could do “instead.” It’s true that you can be very good doing something you’re not passionate about. The trick is to take those lessons and use them when you really get to do what you LOVE! I invested a lot of effort into perfecting my skills, time management, a great work ethic, attention to detail, and building relationships; I wouldn’t have had it any other way. Now I am working to find a balance between the desire to draw (every waking moment) and the need to get more sleep. I am beginning to understand more and more that self-care helps you to produce better. It’s always about balance.

Did you always know you had a gift when it came to creating art or did it take some event in your life to push you in that direction?

I’ve always known that I was an artist. My mother is a classical pianist and my dad played several instruments and loved Jazz. Their friends were musicians, artists and dancers so I grew up experiencing creativity. I used to draw the Sunday comics when I was a kid. I originally wanted to become a dancer and did so until I was 16, then I injured my knee. After surgery and months of physical therapy, dancing seemed less of an option than becoming an artist. It just felt right… better than right!

Do you take time to sketch out your illustrations first while staring at an image or is it produced on the spot through your own creative interpretation?

I mostly use photos and fashion videos for reference, generally I block out the pose with an initial sketch. From there, I lay in color quickly where everything seems to fall into place and then I have to be careful to just leave it be. It becomes very hard not to add, just one more line! Sometimes, depending on my mood, drawing can be a release but I seem to tread a thin line between letting my creativity take over and being overly critical of the finished product. As I mostly work digitally, I usually peel back the layers once I’m done. Often the best drawing occurs in the first few minutes.

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Where does your inspiration to create such beautiful pieces come from?

Thank you for saying that! Inspiration is everywhere but it takes living in the moment. That can be hard to do when you’re moving through everyday life. Sometimes it’s something that you see in passing and other times it’s as a result of watching a video, flipping through a magazine or for me listening to some House music!

Name some artists that inspire you and explain why?

I am always inspired by Gustav Klimt and Aphonse Mucha. My heroes during college were and still are Antonio, Viramontes, and Stavrinos. Antonio for his use of color and stylization of great models like Pat Cleveland who I adore! Viramontes because of his spontaneity and how he would lay down a line or swath of black like nobody’s business. As a student I was awestruck by him and used to draw with graffiti markers just to keep myself from doubting my line and my style. When using graffiti markers once your commitments are made, you can’t erase them. Stavrinos’ attention to anatomy and drawing from Polaroids is something that I’m still mindful of. My professor’s mantra was, “Remember there are bones underneath that skin!” Today I am inspired by David Downtown, Donald Robertson and Stephen Stipleman. If you want to do fashion illustrations then you have to study the “masters.” What they saw in the model and the fashions are often represented in a nuance of color, a pose and a simplified brush stroke.

If you could teleport anywhere in the world where would that be?

I would like to go back in time and have an hour with Diana Vreeland. I would love to watch Antonio draw. A place … teleport me to that house where Julia Roberts lived in Eat, Pray, Love in Italy or Indonesia; as long as there is a space to draw and do the things that make me happy.

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What makes you happy?

“What makes me happy?” Fage yogurt with blueberries and honey… An avocado in the afternoon… honestly, I think of all the things I could say in addition to my family and my dog Mojo… remembering that moment when I realized my goals are within reach is what makes me happy. I find happiness in someone being interested in my work. Ultimately, happiness is finally being at peace with who I am in this moment.

As an artist, what impression do you hope your work leaves with you audience?

That’s a hard question. I want people to feel something when they look at my work. Whether it inspires them to want to try a certain style or feel the intent of the clothing that I’m drawing… I think that would be enough for me. I think most artists draw for themselves first and then their audience. It’s a very “inside” game. It’s how you develop your own style.

 

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Waymer’s Street Intell:

20140417-134656.jpgMy mantra and advice to other artists is to create. Paint, draw, sketch, write, blog, dance, sew, sing, act, cook, crochet! Anything that gets at the heart of what an artist’s true forte might be. This exploration has enriched my understanding of an artist’s work process and has allowed me to utilize my experiences to guide young artists in my community.

http://www.vgwaymer.com/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Google Salutes Civil and Women’s Rights Activist Dorothy Height


Google is known for having some of the best and most creative homepages. They often showcase an iconic individual or a specific day in time in which an interesting event has occurred. Mostly all the images featured have some cool historical reference. In today’s featured image they honor Civil and Women’s Rights activist Dorothy Irene Height.

In keeping with this month’s theme, it only makes sense to feature a women with her level of excellence. Dorothy Height would’ve turned 102 years old this very day. She transitioned on April 20th, 2010 just one month after her 98th Birthday. Although she’s transitioned, her initiatives and legacy still live on. Dr. Height fought for rights of women and especially African-American women; in relation to education, voting rights and unemployment.

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Dorothy Height is a true Street Intellectual who fearlessly fought for justice and human rights, that is why we honor her memory as well, by acknowledging her contributions to American history .

On the Radar: TSoul (@TSoulMusic) -Best of Me


Virginia’s own Terry Packard best known by his stage name TSoul has a compelling and powerful voice. He delivers sweet yet strong emotions that can easily sweep any girl off her feet. TSoul was recently recognized for his talents last month as he performed live on the BET Music Matter’s stage. He performed tracks from his 2010 debut album “Love & Music” and even incorporated a smooth little remix of Usher Raymond’s 90s hit “Nice & Slow”. Check out more of his music here and don’t forget to comment below to let me know what you think.

Marlon Wayans Launches New Comedy Website WhattheFunny.com

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With advancements in technology and more people on the go, the way we consume information is rapidly changing. Thus more companies and individuals are becoming aware of the benefits of being an internet based brand. Actor, comedian and producer Marlon Wayans understands this all too well. Best known for his roles in movies like the cult classic “Scary Movie”, “White Chicks” and the prominent “Wayans Brothers” TV series; Marlon Wayans has had us laughing out loud for over a decade.

In his latest venture Wayans uses his experience in entertainment and media to carve out a new way of reaching his audience. Alongside FunnyOrDie.com’s co-founder Randy Adams and a few others [WTF Sudios Inc.] Wayans has launched a new online video platform, WhatTheFunny.com. Through this new venture Wayans has boldly taken on the task of reshaping and uplifting the online urban comedy market.

WTFunny is a platform dedicated to generating and featuring original content centered on comedy. WTFunny brings together comedy from rising stars to create multiple episodic programs that feature top tier writing, production and talent. They also operate as an avenue for online comedians to advance by capitalizing off of shared direct advertisement sales. The brand has already recruited a few of our favorite new faces in funny, including Virginia based comedian, TopRopeZeus.

This seems to be a promising new venture for Wayans and we’re curious to see where the brand goes as it takes off. Speculation is swarming but Whatthefunny.com may soon become the go to destination for urban comedy. However the tables turn, we certainly look forward to the growth of this new comedic network.

Source: Humormill Photo Credit: Biography.com

New Release: @PHZ_Sicks – Black Women (Official Music Video)

A perfect addition to the current Black History month celebrations; Virginia based rapper PHZ-sicks drops the visuals for the track ‘Black Women’ off his latest studio album, The Moment. Featured in the video are dazzling women including his mom and DC’s own DJ Heat. We hope you enjoy and don’t forget to leave a comment below to let us know what you think.

Current Vibes: @Phz_Sicks | Black Women

Stumbled upon this Woodbridge, VA artist last week and his delivery and message is unlike any other we’ve heard before. Enjoy the current vibes and look out for his new mixtape The Moment dropping tomorrow 12.03.03.

Just in case you’re confused his name is pronounced ‘physics’. Follow more of his music on sound cloud and peep that new single The Love Scene III featuring Scolla and Alison Carney.

[12.14.13] (Richmond, VA) Vanglore Holiday Fashion Show ***Events***

Celebrate with make up artist Sarah Sharda as she launches her Makeup line Vanglore, joining her will be some of Richmond and Petersburg’s talented models, designers, artist, photographers and dancers. You do not want to miss this event.

Toy Drive this year will go towards providing toys for underserved youth at the YWCA of Richmond. Please donate new toys to the Toy Drive.

 

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