I Dream of 'Genie'

Wednesday, January 5, 2011





I can't pinpoint exactly when my absolute obsession with the Sahara Desert began. Although, come to think of it, Aladdin was always my favorite Disney movie so I guess it makes sense. Something about the exoticism of the location, the heat, the desolate isolation has always drawn me in. That, and the fact that every fashion spread I've seen shot in the desert uses the most radiant colored clothing under the sun. Just the other day my friend Jill made me count the number of times I referenced the desert for inspiration. More specifically, the number of times I've drawn women in turbans on this blog lol.

A few months ago while visiting the lovely Lana's blog Woman-W, I stumbled across her post on fashion photographer James Meakin. Within seconds of opening the post I had a 'ureka moment' looking at his works. Sand dunes juxtaposed with splashes of neon color, ornately designed fabrics, amazing oppositions, contrasting compositions, ureka, ureka, ureka!! It was an artistic match made in heaven type moment. I promised myself that come winter break I would pay tribute to his work by painting a series of these photos. I've stayed true to my word and here is the first one of many to come. Enjoy!!

P.S. How is everyone making out with the 'Illustrators Drawing Illustrators' project? Less than a week to go woohoo!!

34 comments:

  1. Wow! It looks exactly like the original image, this is so well observed, you captured the essence of this image perfectly. It's great how obsessions can turn into beautiful pieces of art. I do the same thing too, I end up turning to the same things for inspiration every time, haha.
    P.S. I gave you an award on my blog since I thoroughly enjoy coming here to see your artwork :) Hope you don't mind

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  2. Thank you for you comment!
    I just couldn't help it. Your blog is... what is the word? AMAZING! Your illustrations are just wonderful!
    These look like the image! I could never do that in a million years!

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  3. Looks great M!I have to say even tho photos are great, I prefer your illustration... It kinda suits this image! great stuff!

    M

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  4. I love these, I can see why you would be tempted to draw them, love the colors.

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  5. Very cool! Love the strong colors and her intensive eyes!

    I can't wait until the 11th!! :)

    kisses
    johanna

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  6. Meag I love this!! So much better than the photo, you made the colours come ALIVE! I am such a big fan of colour and I also lovelovelove turbans and exotic clothing too! :)
    Can't wait to see everyones illustrations too, exciiiiiting! haha
    xoxo
    Meg

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  7. Ooh so cool! The headpiece reminds me of stained glass. Her eyes look haunting. You've done it again Meagan!

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  8. Meag! It's just so beautiful! Keep 'em coming, never enough women in turbans on the blog :)

    Kate

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  9. wow, this illustration is amazing!!

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  10. Very beautiful! Happy new year from Norway!

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  11. meu blog voltou com tudo acompanhe durante a semana noticiário cultural. Espero que goste. Me siga. Abraços boa semana.

    informativofolhetimcultural.blogspot.com

    Magno Oliveira
    Folhetim Cultural

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  12. Hello Dear,

    Thank you so much for your sweet comment!! Ofcourse I will follow you. I really like your creativity! Great art!

    X, Aniek

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  13. Thanks so much everyone for your sweet comments. There will definitely be more from this series. Your observations are amazing!! xx

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  14. amazing drawing!
    thank you for your sweet comment! it means a lot for me! remember that you can reach me also on bloglovin, facebook and twitter :)so cu soon! and have amazing new year!!!

    xoxo from rome
    K.
    http://kcomekarolina.blogspot.com/

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  15. wow, amazing illustration, love the colors!
    xx

    Henar
    ...OH MY VOGUE!

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  16. This is so pretty! I love the how the face is painted.

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  17. I love the vibrancy of a desert based fashion shoot. The turban in your illustration is delightful.
    In answer to your question that you left on my blog, yes I'm a full writer at TV Guide magazine. However, I'm hoping one day soon to move into fashion and women's lifestyle writing.
    I look forward to seeing more posts of your through google friend connect.

    www.toindigo.blogspot.com

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  18. Love love love it! :) Beautiful.
    Thank you for following! :) I'm following you too.

    Aurelija from
    http://aurejafeja-perpetuo.blogspot.com/

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  19. AMAZING! like ur tecnique your colour
    your painted seem to come alive :) really wonderful!
    Norah

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  20. You're all so amazing, thank-you for your kind words.

    Norah thanks so much for stopping by, I've just signed up to follow you.

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  21. A lovely pleasure follow u :) I would like to be a photographer but it's hard too hard to become it!at the meantime I'm studying and taking pics :)
    I love ur blog 'cause remember me passion's draw, 'cause i do too :) but I haven't time :(
    xo
    N.

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  22. Your artwork is so pretty! The colors are vibrant and the reference you used is beautiful...your work looks so real

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  23. Thanks for the nice comments Meagan,
    I'll be following your blog in return. :)

    x

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  24. Hi,

    I have been working on my picture for Illustrators Drawing Illustrators project tonight (and yes started tonight too oops)! Glad I found your blog - very inspiring illustrations :)

    Kirsty x

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  25. wow i just found your site!! so amazed by your work :) following! if you love OPI come check out our amazing GIVEAWAY. xx

    http://www.lovelywanderlust.com/2011/01/giveaway.html

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  26. @Caitlin, I absolutely love your work. Thank-you so much for dropping by and following.

    @Abigail, thanks a million!! Your blog rocks, love it, am following too xx

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  27. WOW WOW WOW
    really really LOVE this!

    xx.M

    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  28. how splendid!!!! beauuutiful colours!

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  29. Thank-you so much Eileen, I'm so happy you visited xx

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