Delighted to have been asked to do a bridal couple illustration, one of my favourite things to do :)
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So last year, I ran a little race - it was 116km with 8,722m of elevation (according to my Strava) in the mountains of Nueva Vizcaya, Philippines, during a thunderstorm, with leeches and crazy suspension bridges.
It was the hardest thing I have ever attempted and I'm proud as punch for getting fully outside my comfort zone to test my limits.
I have been meaning to illustrate my race report for the past year but have been busy working and travelling. With just over a week before I do it all again, I finally got it done!
Many Thanks to Frontrunner magazine for organising and reporting the race; to Jonel Mendoza, Race Director, for a brutal and beautiful course; to Andy DuBois of Mile27 who coaches me and makes it possible to even get to the start line; to Richard and Marie for organising transportation for me; to all the incredible support stop crews; and to each and every runner I met and ran with.
Let's do it all again next week. OMG.
Peace out, enjoy the trails xx
I will be painting portraits of guests at the Langham Hotel this month on the following dates:
The guest portrait experience is offered on 25 March 2017 at 2:15 – 4:15 p.m., 4:30 – 6:30 p.m and on 26 March 2017 at 2:15 – 4:15 p.m.
Blooming Afternoon Tea at Palm Court
Bringing a breath of floral flair this spring, the Palm Court lobby lounge introduces a colourful textured experience with the Blooming Afternoon Tea.
Executive Pastry Chef Matthieu Godard and his culinary team have designed a selection of five exquisite pastries decorated as a bouquet of blossoms that are aesthetically pleasing, and sweet to the palate. Adding an artistic point of view to the afternoon tea experience, talented British illustrator Tanya Bennett will be designing guest’s portraits to take home.
Tanya Bennett, better known as Tanya aka Pirate, is a Hong Kong based creative talent. The hand drawing of watercolour portraits in a fashion sense has become Tanya’s trademark that makes her stand out from the rest.
Tanya works with a wide range of clients in the luxury, fashion, and lifestyle industries around the globe, including prestigious brands like Christian Louboutin, Cartier, and Lane Crawford.
She studied Clothing Design and Manufacturing and specialised in illustration and fashion advertising. After graduation, she moved from United Kingdom to China and started her career in the field of product development and design, as well as freelance illustration projects.
I spend a fair amount of time in Los Angeles, Venice in particular, and I'm hugely fond of this part of the world. On my recent trip I discovered some unprimed wooden panels at the local art store and decided to try working on something a little different whilst I was here.
I took influence from the beach palettes of my daily runs along Venice Boardwalk:
Produced in the afternoon sunshine, powered by green juice and avocado on toast, I produced a triptych study of hands and hair - something I am currently obsessed with drawing.
Pencil, charcoal, and acrylic on unprimed wood panel. 8 x 10"
Let me know what you think :)
For a great guide to what to see and do in Venice, check out this blog post by The BLDG 25 Blog.
Hagar International is a charity dedicated to restoring the lives of women and children in Afghanistan, Cambodia and Vietnam that have been torn apart by human rights abuse.
In 2014, Marc and I produced a multi-media workshop that focused on breaking down the art process into several steps to produce a piece of work over a week. Each child produced a piece of their own art and we also made a collaborative piece that was auctioned off at the Sovereign Annual Gala Dinner, with the monies raised going back to the creative arts programme at Hagar International, Phnom Penh.
This year, we wanted to explore the notion of identity through the use of masks. This presented both a technical and fun challenge for the children; and an opportunity for them each to allow the person who wears them to transform into a different identity of their choosing.
We began with a short lesson in the history of masks and the children drew some preparatory sketches of what they envisioned their masks looking like.
Over the following week, we taught the children how to Papier Mâché and paint and embellish their masks with materials that were available locally, such as twine and matchsticks. At the same time, we worked as a group to produce a large scale mural made of masks on a piece of canvas, that we would later use as a backdrop for a series of photographs.
On the final day of the workshop, we photographed the children playing in their masks, in the newly built playground area of the school. Each child assumed their own identity as per the character that they had created. We were delighted and inspired to see such a diverse set of incredible masks.
Tanya and Marc will talk about their practices as commercial illustrator and artist, respectively. They will highlight their collaboration with SAF and their experiences working with Hagar International.
About Tanya (aka Pirate)
Hong Kong based illustrator.
Since graduating in 2007 with a degree in clothing design and manufacture, specialising in illustration and fashion advertising, tanya has been working in the field of art, design and marketing for over eight years. Moving from the UK to China in 2007 and then Hong Kong in 2009, Tanya aka Pirate, has interacted with a huge variety of multi-national companies and brands, each one requiring their own bespoke response to an inherently creative brief.
Born and raised in Africa, Marc Standing obtained his BAFA degree from the University of Cape Town in South Africa. He immigrated to Australia in 2005 and has spent the last five years in Hong Kong. Standing is a multi disciplinary artist working with paint, sculpture and paper and has held numerous solo and group exhibitions internationally. His oeuvre encompasses themes concerning identity, belonging and displacement.
The Sovereign Art Foundation (SAF) is a charity registered in Hong Kong, Africa and UK that raises money to help disadvantaged children using the arts as rehabilitation, education and therapy. SAF was established in 2003 with a well-defined twin focus: to not only bring the proven benefits of art to underprivileged children in the region, but also to recognise the growing wealth of contemporary art talent in Asia.
To keep up to date with The Sovereign Art Foundation's workshops, programs and international projects, visit www.sovereignartfoundation.com
I wanted to share some of the process that I use when creating an illustration, including a time lapse video of my basic practise