This may sound dramatic, but whenever I see shoes I absolutely LOVE, my heart skips a beat and I’m filled to the brim with yearning.
The worst part is, just like love, when it comes to matters of the heart, it’s very unpredictable and knows no discrimination – I could fall in LOVE with a cheap as chips yet gorgeous pair of shoes ordered from Souq.com OR an unattainable and deliciously impractical pair from Christian Louboutin. I just never know when the shoe cupid will strike me. (actually I DO! The little twerp always gets me when I’m at Level Shoe District!) An ironic twist of fate had brought me to this all too familiar location for my latest live drawing gig.
I was asked to draw live for the launch of the hottest new luxury shoe brand Nour Jensen. The brand is from New York and creative designer, Miriam Aldainy explained that all her unique creations are produced in Italy from the finest materials.
The brand is inspired by two cultures – Saudi Arabia and Scandinavia which you can clearly see in the aesthetic. (My faves are the metallic geometric motifs) I’m obsessed with these tiffany blue flats!!!! (cupid strikes again!)
For the launch I went about creating the glamorous guests’ outfits and I included some of the shoes in the background. Here’s how some of them turned out and a few photos of what went on that evening.
A few days later, I was invited to draw for Apparel Group’s private corporate lunch event at Armani Hotel. This function was centered around celebrating the role of women in corporate society in the region as well as Apparel Group’s progress as a company.
They started off with a rather modest start in 1999, commencing its operation with just one brand but now they have over 1000 stores and more than 54 international brands to boast – A reason to celebrate, indeed!
The lunch consisted of a lengthly fashion show, showcasing all the various brand’s latest collections from casual to black tie.
As well as this, there were different kiosks scattered all over the room, from showcasing the latest collections from their brands, to activities such as getting white henna intricately painted on guests’ hands. I was sitting in my own kiosk, illustrating the outfits of the day! As well as this, there was an abundance of food stalls and I munched on some delicious waffles with maple syrup while I worked!
This was one of the busiest days I had so far and I managed to churn out eighty five customised illustrations in four hours!!! I think my waffles and 3 cups of Tim Horton’s coffee had something to do with my high productivity levels that afternoon!!!
Last gig of the month I drew for was at the much anticipated launch of Tre restaurant by Roberto Rella in Radisson Royal Hotel, Sheikh Zayed Road.
‘TRE’, meaning ‘three’ in Italian, represents the new venue’s three floors.
The first floor of the restaurant TRE is “the foodie floor.’ It’s social, casual and chic. The decor includes modernist-looking Murano glass chandeliers, and a black lava table top.
There’s a small bar, a main dining area, a private dining room, and also a raw bar for Italian crudo dishes. I the next floor has a lounge bar, with a DJ and menu of Mediterranean-style tapas. On the third floor is a sound-proofed cigar lounge, with live performances of jazz and easy listening music.
As well as this, there’s a glimmering gold “kings room” that has a model decked up in cleopatra-esque finery, where people can take photos in.
The view was spectacular and the mood for the evening was complete with elegant violinists and a saxaphone player, soulfully playing into the night.
I wanted a little bit of variety in these illustrations, so I chose to sketch the vip diners sitting at the grand table, the jazz lounge and finally, the kings room. Here’s how it turned out!