What is your childhood trauma Pt. 2

#110: Abby the Bad Sport

"Claudia often wears her art on her sleeve - almost literally. On this, my first Monday back at the BSC, for example, she was in a little crop-top muscle shirt that she had batikked green and blue. She'd sewed a bunch of buttons up the front as if it were a vest. She also had on skinny black shorts, one blue sock and one green sock, and black Doc Martens with one blue shoelace (on the foot with the green sock) and one green shoelace (on the foot with the blue sock). Her long black hair had been gathered into a single braid. A blue ribbon with more buttons attached to it was woven into the braid. Her earrings? Buttons, naturally."

I took some liberties (suggested in What Claudia Wore's original post) with this look to update Claud's wardrobe, mainly with the thigh highs, Chloe Doc Martens and leather Rag & Bone shorts... plus the big ol' Twiggy braid, but that's more of a throwback.

I always had my doubts about the Kishi parents, because my parents would have stapled me to my bedroom floor if I tried to leave the house in a cropped muscle tee with skinny shorts (seriously).


We have very different coloring

Red, Green, Blue & Spaghetti hair triplets

Having fun with the 'Replace Color' function in Photoshop. I started with the navy blue, and it's probably my favorite. Green and Red both make me think of Robin Hood, and I can't decide if that's good or bad. Whatever the matter, I really love illustrating hair, but have the tendency to go overboard resulting in pasta-like coifs.

Almost makes me want to Photoshop in some meatballs... Almost.

PS - Hi to all the BSC fans! Claudia updates will come by roughly once a week.
I have yet to decide if I will take a stab at any of the other characters.

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What is your childhood trauma

I think I was around 8 or 9 when I became addicted to The Babysitters Club. I used to think Ann M. Martin had a magic mirror where she watched me stash fun-sized Snickers and Almond Joys in my dresser, deciding my penchant for art, ultra-conservative Asian parents and baby blue platform sneakers would make for a great Token Minority in her literary ensemble of tweenage babysitters.

Claudia was always my favorite, and I can't even explain how traumatized I was when she had to stay back in the 7th grade because of her poor grades or when she had to suffer through summer school in that terrible BSC movie.

No surprise that I not-so-secretly love the What Claudia Wore Blog.

What Claudia Wore: #60: Mary Anne's Makeover: "#60: Mary Anne's Makeover - Claudia "can put together the oddest collection of clothes - a slouch hat, a sequined vest, an oversized button-down shirt, stirrup pants, and lace-up boots - and she looks stunning.""

My rendition of #60 Claudia looks like a 2-D version of designer Jen Kao when I visited her studio a few years ago. Jen was wearing fitted grey pants tucked into high tops, with a baggy shirt and a slouchy beanie. She was tall, lean and so lovely - had a bit of a girl-crush on her, truthfully.

Please excuse the less than smooth lines and uneven coloring - Digital illustration is not my usual thing and I haven't had much practice in the medium (plus my mouse is missing in action, leaving me to color on my laptop's touchpad). That said, I'm going to attempt illustrating all of the looks described on What Claudia Wore. Wish me luck!


you'll be in love 'till it kills you both

Creatures of the Wind, Spring 2011 // Xinhua/Reuters Photo

Woe my heart, Creatures of the Wind - Spring 2011 was all about expressing the emotional response from getting struck by lightning uncannily similar to being heartbroken. I saw most of the individual pieces before they showed at NYFW, but I had no idea how C & S were going to style the looks. I couldn't decide on a favorite, and but my imaginary wallet would definitely like anything with the polka dot print, honeycomb lace and all of the mini dresses, please


Sodding, blimey, shagging, knickers, bollocks

Vivienne Westwood Spring 2008 RTW

Welcome to the Westwood tribe, where tartan and asymmetry rule and wild hair abounds. The Queen of Punk's massive empire (as well as her rocking horse platform shoes) never ceases to amaze me. Long live the Queen, indeed.