Sunday, January 29, 2012

coat of arms

I drew this after seeing this great photo on the Satorialist. I always need to draw more dudes - and this great coat was exactly the motivation I needed to do so! I obviously took some liberties on a few things, but that's the joy of drawing stuff for fun.. right?

If you're wondering what happened to my cold season series (and you're probably not, because I think I have about 5 people who read this regularly. Hi Chance!), worry not! I still have one left - the beautiful and super sweet Maggie from Dimestore Diamond has the final slot. I'm thinking about doing a similar series for the spring - and this time I'd like to take submissions! If you'd like to participate (and have me draw you!), please send an email to etrithart (at) gmail (dot) com along with:

(1) An item of clothing that you're looking forward to wearing this spring. It could be something you own, something you've seen in a store, or something you've seen in a photo that you love.
(2) A non-clothing item that will factor into your spring plans somehow. This is also pretty open - a vacation, a dish, a book, a plant... ANYTHING.
(3) A link to your blog and a few sentences about your chosen items.

You can be a boy or a girl (I need to draw more boys, after all), btw. Tell your friends!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

pot luck

Empty Vessel
empty vessel by william edmonds 

 I can't really remember what put the spark in me, but I'm super interested in taking a pottery or ceramics class right now. I started pinning ceramics onto my goods board about 10 months ago and with every new pin I realize more and more that I want to make these things, rather than buy them. It's been a long time since I worked with clay, so once I have time I'll find myself a nice ceramics class and get back in the swing of things. 

In the meantime I'll just look at all the pretty things other people are making... I'm really drawn to rustic items that still keep a little bit of whimsy to them.


berry bowl by clam lab 

two bird plates by Makoto Kagoshima

sawdust fired cup by City by the Sea

CLOTH PAPER CLAY bowl by Pigeon Toe Ceramics 

Have you seen that awesome illustrator and fellow MCAD grad Tuesday Bassen is making painted clay magnets? They adorable to the max!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

orange you glad


This weekend has been such a great time for me to relax and enjoy myself. I got in a kind of confusing artist's funk last week and am now pulling myself out of it - even though I think I'm getting sick. No matter, I'm still going to make some candied blood orange peels and draw fashionable gentlemen and maybe even my character in Skyrim. That's how I roll, baby.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

back in action

Thanks to the cuties at Le Muse for featuring my post their blog - such kind words, such lovely clothes! 

I've got some posts planned, but real life is getting in the way! Hopefully I'll have some time this weekend to get them written up... although whenever I say that, it doesn't happen. So I'll just sign off for now! 


(p.s. I have been watching a lot of Gossip Girl on Netflix. Don't judge.)

Tuesday, January 17, 2012


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Sunday, January 15, 2012

catch 22


Do you want to be the very best, like no one ever was? Is catching them your real test? Is training them your cause? Waking up last week to an invite to participate in the Pokemon Battle Royale show was maybe the highlight of my week. I was an avid poke-player/watcher/card gamer when it hit big in the USA, and I even picked up one of the DS versions in past years to give it a go. There's just something so charming about the character design, and it was EXTRA hard picking which pokemon I would do. With Psyduck (my fave) already taken, I turned to my pokedex and found Omanyte near the end of the list. He's born from a fossil and has the most adorable eyes ever! OBVIOUS CHOICE.

I'm also so excited because two of my most favorite contemporary illustrators, Meg Hunt and Kali Ciesmier are participating! The full list is on the website, and it's a great one. I can't wait to see everyone's fantastic pokemanz.

This is just a sketch, but I'm pumped for my final illustration. Which Pokemon would you choose?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

black magic

le muse sweater

It's pretty obvious when you look around my little corner of the internet that I am not a very good fashion blogger. This blog started as more of a way to keep scraps of my life in one place and to promote my illustration work, but it's evolved to reflect my many interests - and yes, one of those things is fashion, but it gets thoroughly mixed in with everything else. 

As such, I never expected to be one of those fabulous ladies who gets to style fabulous pieces of clothing sent to them by fabulous companies. So imagine my surprise when something just like that happened! CraftFields is a collection of Lithuanian artists who have interesting and adorable products to sell to you! When their founder, Monika, contacted me and asked me if I'd like to pick out an item to review I obviously jumped on the chance... there are just so many adorable things to choose from! But I wanted a challenge - and when I laid my eyes on this night blue jazz sweater from the cuties at Le Muse I knew I had found it.
le muse sweater

My style doesn't normally stray into the land of structured pieces, so I wanted to give it a shot. The sweater has what could almost be described as an avant-guarde construction, but once I put it on and played around with it for a bit I felt mysterious and oh so warm! This baby is made of felted wool AND is lined, it kept me toasty even when we ventured out into the snowy tundra to take some photos.If I had been feeling less adventurous I might have picked up this black sensuality muse dress instead, but I'm glad I took a chance!
le muse sweaterle muse sweater
sweater: night blue (it's very dark blue, which is why it looks black in the photos) jazz sweater, c/o craft fields
belt: vintage (from mom <3<3<3)
jeans: forever21
boots: nine west

It was so so soooo much fun to shoot these photos (credit goes to Bryan), and a big thanks to Monika, the girls at Le Muse, and the talented Rhea O'Connor for recommending me!

Saturday, January 7, 2012



Hello 2012! I like new years - everything feels fresh and special. My only big resolution is to (for the first time in my life) be able to comfortably touch my toes. I know, I'm shootin' for the stars. Daily yoga should do the trick, although the whole "do it every day" thing is difficult for me unless it involves sleeping or eating. Is there some sort of cupcake yoga I could do?

I'd like to start documenting my outfits better, and maybe even venture out into the wild for photos. Posting sketches and more art would be nice, too. Does my blog have more resolutions than I do? That would be silly.

Here are two outfits from 2012 - my new years eve getup and an attempt at being a girl who can pull off long dresses and skirts.

jacket: forever 21
necklace: vintage
dress (actually a nighty, don't tell anyone): target
booties: bcbg, nordstrom rack

cardigan & scarf: hand me down
dress: anthropologie (I went in to see if I could say 'hi' to Maggie, and though she wasn't there I still bought some stuff...)
shoes: swedish hasbeens

Thursday, January 5, 2012

film club

Halloween 2011
Let's look at a smattering of photos I've taken with the good ol' point and shoot camera, while my life is consumed by freelance projects and playing Skyrim (video gamessssssss....)
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(did you see this one on dreamcats? I let out a tiny squeal of excitement when I saw it there, among all the cats of my dreams. Thanks to Aoeife and her person/my best buddy Chance for letting me take this photograph)