a bit about me...
When did you know you wanted to be an artist?
"As long as I can remember I liked to draw. Being creative is a part of me, it's like breathing, I can't live without it. I have been very fortunate to have made a living from being creative everyday having a graphic design business but it wasn't until recent that I decided that I want to be an artist. When I went to art school artists were always thought of as starving and I didn't want to starve. Funny how today so many artists are making a fine living from creating art demystifying the starving artist stigma.
Where does your style come from?
My style is influenced by gesture drawing that I learned as an art student. When it's really working my hand just glides the marker across the page with no pre-conceived ideas of what I am drawing and all of a sudden I see something taking shape and build on it, and voila, I created something literally off the top of my head.
Why Fashion Illustration?
I love fashion but I don't dress girly, I never wear heals, and rarely wear dresses. I wear a lot of black, sometimes with white, love vintage, and my standard jewelry which consists of a Chrome Hearts cross and Bloodline dog tags on a long chain which completes my look. So I guess I am channeling my love for old Hollywood Glamor through my fashion illustrations. I love the silver screen beauties like Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Faye Dunaway and Brigitte Bardot to mention a few. Their look inspires a lot of my work. I get to inspire women's everyday lives with a touch of glamor.
What do you wish for the world?
When I was a photographer I photographed inspiring woman and became so inspired by this project that in turn other woman were inspired by me... I was so surprised and it felt great. I want all woman to be strong and confident, to feel glamorous and beautiful, to be themselves and know that by being who they are is fabulous. Someone once told me "if you want to be something JUST BE IT" So I want all women to BE FABULOUS! Being yourself with gratitude is the secret. Know that you can do anything you want, anything that you can see yourself doing everyday. A great quote by Beyonce that I reposted recently "I know the yes, I am powerful. I am more powerful than my mind can even digest and understand." Power is in all of us and it has always been there.
Who do you admire?
Before I go on you must know that I love instagram. It has connected me to some amazing talented people that I would not have discovered and they would have definitely not have discovered me.
I follow and admire Instagram artist sensation Donald "DRAW"bertson (Robertson) and after reading an article about him in Vanity Fair I commented on his IG "you are from Toronto, it gives me hope" he kindly replied, "Michelle, I'm from Willowdale, THINK BIG" and ever since I have been DREAMING BIG and it's working.
Through @Donalddrawbertson I came to follow and admire Kara Ross, jewelry designer and boutique owner in NYC. She is a strong, successful and wonderful woman that has been so kind to me. Her hashtag #StrongWomenAreBeautiful says it all, she stands for empowering women and I admire her for that #GirlPower
Stay tuned for a big announcement...
--- Michelle Vella