How does she do it?

Drawing is the one thing I love to do most but there are a few close seconds. Movies being one of them. Recently I have noticed that the motion pictures have quite an influence in my illustrated fashion department. So if you were wondering where I get the inspiration from. Here are a few glimpses.


Australia (2008) Starring Nicole Kidman – Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation

Okay, I have a thing for big, over priced history movies. Especially when seemingly fragile women are dropped in alien harsh territory and are left to fend for themselves. What will become of them? Nine times out of ten these women become seriously bad-ass birds. I love it. Nicole Kidman plays one of these roles in Australia. Say what you want about Nicole Kidman…the camera loves this leading lady.

And so do her clothes. Her wardrobe in this movie is a feast for the eyes. Bold, feminine and tough looking. A couple of weeks ago I was working on an illustration and looking for a certain angle. AUSTRALIA was on TV and well, the rest is history. The dusty earth, fast horses and fashion compliment eachother in this movie perfectly and the images passing by paved an open road for me to draw this dancing pony.


The Dressmaker (2015) Starring Kate WInslet – Screen Australia

If I ever were to fall in love with a woman she would probably be the character Kate Winslet plays in the 'Dressmaker'. This fiercely independent lady returns to her tiny home town in the outback (that banned her as a young child) to set the record straight. And boy, does she do this like royalty!

The title keeps its promise and you are overloaded with beautiful shots of lavish fashion designs. Women are transformed from "Bland Bettys" to "Audrey Hepburns". It's safe to say that nobody is left untouched by this woman's sewing skills. This movie inspired more than one of my illustrations. The dusty barren life of the Australian outback is a crazy contrast with the flamboyant dresses that parade across the screen. Red lips, dark eyes and an aloof attitude to make it work.  The lioness in me awoke.

Now it's all about working on my roar.

Out of Africa (1985) Starring Meryl Streep – Universal Pictures

Somebody please stuff me into a crate and ship me off to Kenya! Pretty much nothing good came out of colonialism except that it made this movie possible. Yes, another story about a woman left to survive in an exotic environment. Actually, 'survive' might be a bit strong seeing as Meryl Streep's character had a huge house, servants and land you couldn't cross in a day….yeah, tough going.

So despite the sniffy rich man's problems this movie is marvelous to watch. The beautiful landscapes and animals are breathtaking. I was born in Kenya so trust me when I say it's easy to fall in love with Africa. Karen Blixen (Meryl Streep) is, despite her pampered background, a tough bird in this movie who's not afraid to get her hands dirty. She carries her style effortlessly and gradually let's Africa into her house, wardrobe and heart.

The illustration of the zebra was largely influenced by this movie. Translating the African nature and animals into a 21st century fashion illustration made this drawing one to remember.

3 thoughts on “How does she do it?

  • januari 18, 2017 at 5:37 pm

    Congrats,Kristel! Apart from a superb lay-out&illu's,  a cool writer is born! Great blog! 

  • januari 18, 2017 at 7:38 pm

    Love seeing the thought process behind the illustrations. Such richness and colour in both the characters (movie and illustrations), wardrobes and nature! Keep up the good work.

  • januari 18, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    Wow, geweldig om te lezen waar je inspiratie vandaan haalt en het vertaald in jouw eigen stijl, goed gedaan Kristel, well done girl!


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